Problem – OT: Outta Town Review

This is a better than expected project from Problem as he has really started separating himself from the ordinary rappers into a faster lane for himself. If he can continue to move in this direction, then he may become more of a household name than he currently holds.

The production is excellent for the music Problem is providing. The beats are street gritty while still seeming polished and varied enough to cover a lot of ground on content and tempo. At twenty one tracks long, there is a lot fo ground to be covered but the project stays interesting to the end because of the beats involved. It is possible for the beats to be slightly more structured but it can be said that this project is great from a production perspective.

The lyricism is not the most complex but is average combined with excellent delivery to create an enjoyable listen from a rap side of things. Problem does a great job in putting his passion into his rhymes and it comes across as a fantastic performance on every track. Some more complicated wordplay may bring in a wider audiance but Problem does a great job rapping on this mixtape.

The features put in a great effort and come up with some fantastic verses that help keep this mixtape feeling fresh and stopping it getting stale across its twenty one tracks. With some big names on here, it shows that Problem has some connections in Hip Hop and that those connections think that Problem has some potential in the rap game.

Overall, this is a great effort from Problem and an enjoyable listen to. It may be a bit more chilled than some are expecting but it is still energetic and puts Problem in a strong position moving further into the new year.

Project Pat – Cheez N Dope 3 Review

This is a generic sounding project that dies not live up to Project Pat’s potential. The large majority of it is repetitive and simply forgettable with a few exceptions. Even the features make Pat look average. This is not the project that shows Pat in his best light.

The production is mediocre to start but does improve towards the end of the mixtape. It feels weak at the beginning with Pat’s aggressive delivery far overshadowing the beats. However as the project plays through the production builds in strength and helps to improve the tracks overall. By the end the production is slightly above average production but still not great.

The lyricism is poor but Pat’s delivery helps make it more entertaining. There is a lot of repetition and some basic wordplay but nothing that might interest fans of pure Hip Hop lyricism. Pat sticks to what he knows with content, style and even some of the features but his lyricism needs some work if he wants to expand his audience.

The features are good, but show that Project Pat isn’t as good a performer as he thinks. The other features outshine Pat and make him look average or worse. Juicy J especially makes him look worse because his style is so similar to Pat’s own but he does it much better. This is not a good look for Pat.

Overall, if your a fan of Pat’s previous work, you might enjoy this. However if your looking for something classic and timeless to listen to, this may not be the choice your looking for. If Pat wants to appeal to a wider audience, he needs to change a lot of things.