This release is a great showing of Bugzy Malone’s talent and how he is a force to be reckoned with. There is a song for each audience on here, but it may not connect totally because of the backings.
The production is good, don’t be mistaken, but it fades away a little too much in places, taking from the impact of the songs. Each beat is still individual and creates the right atmosphere for the project. However they do not totally support Malone and something with a little more push could lift this higher on the way to success.
The lyricism is great, with good story telling elements as well as wordplay. Bugzy Malone proves he deserves a title in the rap game, but knowing what happened to the last King in the North (Game Of Thrones) could show it is not always the best path to take. Let us hope he can continue to carry his brand and his skills forward to future releases.
The features are good and help show some good chemistry with the main artist. They each show their own skills and break up the hearing of one voice as well. Maybe some more guests could show that Bugzy can work with a range of people, but leaving more time to show his own abilities was still a smart move.
Overall, this release shows that Bugzy Malone definitely has a strong following that he appeals to. Now it is just a case of seeing if he can broaden that audience to fill the south as well.
This release takes Tinie Tempah back to sounding like his hugely successful debut album. The sound on this may lean towards more pop sounds, but the content helps to keep one foot in his roots.
The production is great with a lot of smooth sounds making this feel very cohesive as a full listen through. There are a lot of beats that seem simple, but are very effective as they don’t overshadow the artists at any point and help them have a little more impact. Something a bit grittier could have helped bring in more of his underground followers, but that might be a little lost for a big gain.
The lyricism is great, with Tempah showing the skills that brought him to the forefront of UK rap in the first place. He has a lot of great rhymes that punctuate his descriptive terms well and that push his story telling to the next level. However he does have moments of simply repeating the same phrase which can let a song down in places.
The features all do a great job of showing the connections Tempah has in the music world. Each contributes with a solid verse or chorus that works beautifully with the project overall, The guest selection here is so diverse that there is nothing that could be done to improve it really.
Overall, this is a release to remind the world that Tinie Tempah can still make big hits. He does that while showing he also has a softer side and staying entertaining, which is no easy feat.
This project is a good showing of a lot of different skills from Bugzy, but feels loosely thrown together and not overly cohesive. While the songs are enjoyable, there is not a lot of replay ability for the project as a whole.
The production is good and has a lot of scope to work with. Each beat is differentiated enough to be recognisable by itself and add a great atmosphere to the song. A few more tracks could help to add some different beats for more situations to rap over, but there is a good selection on here.
The lyricism is good and enjoyable, however not great. While a large portion of the songs are donated to emotional content so they have a lot of impact, the more energetic tracks needed a touch more complexity to really land home. On the other hand, the delivery is also a big factor here.
Overall, this project has some great tracks and Bugzy Malone shows some good talent. He may need to work on how he structures his next showing, however this is entertaining to listen to.