Kevin Gates – By Any Means 2 Review

This release adds another strong showing to an already great mixtape catalog. Kevin Gates doesn’t let being behind bars slow him down as he puts out more solid music.

The production is good as the highs and lows explored on the project are mimicked in the beats. Each creates an effective atmosphere for the message of the song and really help with the cohesiveness. Maybe something with some more real instruments would have made another interesting moment, but the selection here works very well.

The lyricism strong with Gates using a lot of different devices used to great effect. The delivery of the lines is another asset that helps lift this to another level. There are no issues with the performance here.

Overall, with the decision to have only one feature to help add some more singing, Gates shows a complete range of skills. Maybe when he is released he can keep this momentum going.


Dr Dre – Compton Review

This album is crafted to perfection and Dr Dre has made a fantastic listening experiance. It may not be for everyone, but fans of real Hip Hop will adore what has been made here.

The production is flawless with easy transitions and the tracks have an atmosphere that fits perfectly with what they are trying to perpetrate. The beats are smooth and cohesive, allowing the story of Compton to flow easily to the listener. There are no issues with this selection and there should not be with Dr Dre being as talented as he is.

The lyricism is great as it ranges from incredibly intricate to passionate and emotional. While Dr Dre openly admits to not writing all his rhymes, his delivery and the power he puts behind them really land the meaning deep with a lot of impact. For some of the audiance, the fact Dr Dre did not write all of it could tarnish it for them, however he conducts his feelings through them accurately and powerfully.

The features are a huge part of this projectand help to make this a milestone in the rap game. There are a core group who appear repetively and consistently put a lot of effort and pleasure into the tracklist. The other guests all do a really excellent job of putting across thier feeling of genorosity towards how Dre has shaped thier career and that translates into thier rhymes. There were absolutely no problems with the feature selection here.

Overall, Dr Dre has once again shown that his level of ability and experiance in Hip Hop have allowed him to make a really amazing album. It may not be Detox, but from what the public have heard, this is much more personnal.


Dom Kennedy – By Dom Kennedy Review

This album has a great old school west coast feel, but without much binding it together, it just feels like a collection of somewhat passionless tracks. Dom has the ability to make enjoyable songs, but this album does not showcase a great deal of them.

The production is good and is full of elements that resound with the west coast atmosphere. Each track is distinctive but they definately share a lot of the same energy and feel. A few more songs with a different style may break up the monotony, but the songs individually can be entertaining.

The lyricism is not great as Dom Kennedy relies on his delivery and performance to have impact. While the way he says it boosts the tracks, his actual wordplay is fairly straight forward with very little deciphering. a few more intricate schemes would go a long way in his songs.

There is onefeatures on the tracklist which should be good to help Kennedy show his own skills off. However while he does vary his flow a bit during the album, there is a definate monotonous tone that runs through the whole project. A couple of guests more would have broken that up more and made an easier listening experiance. The one feature does do a good job on his track though.

Overall, this is a good album if you like Dom Kennedy making each track the way he wants to make it. Unfortunately he seems to want to make each track in a similar way and this has made a project that is not for everyone.