Mike WiLL Made-It – Ransom 2 Review

This is an energetic release reminiscent of the first Ransom project, but there is a certain amount of formula that is clear in each of the tracks. While the production from Mike WiLL is fantastic, what each artists does with it all seems to lead down the same path, with a few exceptions.

The production is phenomenal, with Mike WiLL creating trap beats that may seem similar, but all have different aspects that makes each individual. In a few cases it seems like there is a base guideline rather than an organic blooming to his creative process, but it still yields some great results. Maybe seeing what he can do outside the trap sub-genre could be an interesting challenge for the producer.

The features on this project are exactly what you would expect to find on songs from a producer as big as Mike WiLL. A stream of A-List rappers as well as fresh up-and-comers helps show a great level of respect for the producer here. It is a shame that so many come from the same vein of writing and delivery, but individually, they all still have good performances.

Overall, this is another release from an exceptional producer that proves he deserves the money and respect he is given. Only time will tell if he will attempt to branch out and attempt to work with a wider pool of talent.

Chief Keef – Bang Three Part Two Review

If you love repetition, you will love this album. If you were expecting something different from Keef or something that doesn’t sound formulaic, then you have chosen wrong.

The production is loud and sills the space on the track, but comes across mostly as noise. The backing is very much just sounds to fill the space where Keef is not saying anything. Trying something fresh and something that doesn’t sound like it was created by numbers could show growth in his music making.

The lyricism is straight forward with only a few moments of greater things. There is a lot of empty space on these tracks hat Keef could have filled with more lyrical techniques to beef up his own showcase. An attempt to improve his rap skills may spurt him on to greater things.

The choice to have only one feature means that Chief Keef can put in more of his own rhymes. However this choice does mean that He needs to actually show how good he is instead of just putting almost anything in. Lil B does do a good job on his guest spot however.

Overall, this is a poor album that is only enjooyable if you absolutely loved the first part. Chief Keef needs to move on and try to bring something new to his performance.

Mac Miller – GO:OD AM Review

This album is fantastic and shows great growth from Mac Miller. He crafts this album with stories of personal journey and uses his life experiance to make relatable tales.

The production is great as it does not override the rhymes while being creative and enjoyable. The beats are all different from each other while keeping the signiture sound of Mac Miller. He has chosen backings that accentuate his talents and make really great tracks.

The lyricism is good and helps with the descriptive portion of storytelling. Mac Miller uses a range of techniques to heep his raps fresh and interesting to the listener while being able to get his point across with a good amount of impact. Maybe some more variation in his delivery could enhance some moments, but he certainly does not slack on this album.

The features bring a good comparison to the project as they all bring good verses that push Miller on. The performances they pull off all help show that they are more than competant and that they can compete with Mac Miller as a great MC. Some more guests from different genres could make some amazing moments as Miller has a lot of crossover skills, but he has chosen guests well for this project.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable and entertaining album that has plenty of replay value and is more than worth the wait. Mac Miller should be proud of fighting his struggles as well as making a great album.

Travis Scott – Rodeo Review

This is full of almost party music that Travis has turned into the darker side of those times. He seems to craft his own sound that gives his music another edge above others.

The production is special as it seems to be a blend of almost everything that is popular and instead of sounding like a mess, it comes across as very well crafted. There is a variation and diversity in the beats that make a lot of different scenarios come forth in the music. Maybe some simpler, taken down beats would show that Travis Scott doesn’t need strong backing to make a successful song, but he has great success with his beat selection on here.

The lyricism won’t attract the lyrical purists, but Travis does not slouch and keeps the level of entertainment up with delivery and a touch of autotune. The actual rhymes work well with the song content and help make the songs enjoyable. Some more complexity in the verses as well as the hooks could help bring in some more listeners, but Travis should get a fair sized audiance off the strength of these songs.

The features all do a good job of fleshing out the tracks with fresh voices and opinions. Each brings a lot of effort and puts a fresh spin on the song while showing what they are capable of as artists. Maybe some more guests from further afield could bring in some different audiances, but his selection on here make this a better project.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen while breaking Travis Scott into the realms of established artistry. Now he needs to keeo this momentum rolling to really breakout from the rest of the pack.

Chief Keef – Bang 3 Review

This album is repetitive and does nothing for Hip Hop or Chief Keef. There is nothing groundbreaking or remotely new from Keef which leads to a bland project.

The production is alright and adds a lot of energy to the songs. Each is just about diverse enough to be recognisable from each other but are very similar. Some beats further from Chief Keef’s comfort zone would make some more interesting tracks, but most follow a close formula that becomes stale.

The lyricism is alright and Chief Keef does not slouch, but he is clearly no pushing himself to really make great music. There are some great moments that can be singled out but Keef falls into a rut. Some more effort into the rhymes could really help to cement him as a staying artist in rap.

The features are good and are the best part of this project. Each brings more to the tracks than Keef does in terms of quality and they really make thier songs stand out points. Chief Keef will need to do more to impress the listener if he has people doing these sorts of things on his own songs.

Overall, this was potentially a great album, but sloppy effort and passionless delivery make Chief Keef fall short of what he is capable of. More drive could bring Keef back to a higher level of rap music.

Lil Reese – Supa Savage 2 Review

This is a mixtape populated with generic songs with a slightly above average delivery and extremely average wordplay. Lil Reese is doing little to push himself into the public eye.

The production is good, but it doesn’t act as great backing. Each one can be enjoyed and there is a lot of cohesion between the beats. A few more backings where Lil Reese doesn’t struggle to be better than the beat would improve this project, however that does not appear ot be his style.

The lyricism is average and does not really add to the experiance of the songs, which is unfortunate. Lil Reese uses some good techniques but there is nothing memorable about what he is rapping. He needs to develop more impact with what he is saying by delivery and substance.

The features are alright and show how much Lil Reese needs to improve. Each brings a good verse and a better chemistry with the production. Some features that push Lil Reese to new heights without over shadowing him would be better choices.

Overall, this mixtape could be better crafted but possesses enough falr that people who are already fans of Lil Reese could enjoy it. However for the masses, it may fall flat.

Chief Keef – Sorry For The Weight Review

This is an alright project if you already like Keef but he doesn’t bring anything new to the table. This project that is full of generic content as well as skits that is essentially just Chief Keef trying to justify himself about his music and lifestyle.

The production is all basic and generic, with nothing to really grab your attention. Trap beats litter this project, but not the polished and enjoyable kind. This production is full of dirty bass that reverberates the whole room, but without the rest of the components to make it enjoyable.

The lyricism is alright, and possible slightly above average, but is so unenjoyable due to delivery and content that it may as well not be there. The lyrical techniques used are not creative or new and instead they just seem to be more colourful ways of saying the same things over and over through all the tracks.

The features do add a little to the mixtape, but at twenty long songs, they fall through the cracks and become very forgettable. Each does put in a good effort and can make the songs they are on more enjoyable, but they are few and far between. This does not show that Keef can put together a good project as far as the tram is concerned.

Overall, this is not a great project as far as aspects of Hip Hop is concerned. There is nothing ground breaking about this project and Keef puts everyone through mediocre tracks. He has a lot to work on if he plans on releasing anything to get into the mainstreams view.