Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!” Review

This release is not a rap release, but it is extremely enjoyable. Childish Gambino explores his talents away from rap and pours more soul into the tracks.

The production is great with the backings being smooth with unusual sounds to make them fresh and interesting. Each beat is individual and is easy listening, with no effort to get through the whole project. Some more hip hop style beats could open this up to his previous audiences, but he makes some great choice son this.

The lyricism is enjoyable but is not so complex as the singing ability takes precedent. His singing is actually good but his voice is not so powerful, which would explain why he allows it to flow and mix with the backings so much. While this is effective, it would be nice to hear him use what he is already known for to his fans to keep his core audience listening.

Overall, with no features on the project, this is an experimental leap for Childish Gambino as he aims to end 2016 on a high. this is a great non-rap album that is smooth and easy listening.

Logic – Under Pressure Review

Logic is a fantastic rapper. His rapid flow and multi syllable rhyme schemes help him to craft storylines that engulf the listener and ensnare them into continuing to listen and learn from him. This project shows his story telling abilities and how he can combine and intertwine that story telling into what comes across as a concept album of his life.

The production is good on the album. While not the cutting edge of current Hip Hop production, it fits together with what each track is trying to say and lends a good foundation for Logic then to build on. Some of the production was handled by Logic himself which could explain why he fits so well with the project, he built most of it by himself.

The lyricism is strong and full of imagery as he paints a picture on each track that makes it feel like you are actually experiencing what is being rapped about on the track. His particular style is very Kendrick Lamar-esque and everyone knows how good a lyricist he is. Logic may not be as well known as Kendrick at this point but with some time and more promotion, he may well rival him as the best lyricist of this generation.

With no features, this makes a change to most rap albums these days which are so packed with features that you forget who’s album it even is. This helps to keep the story telling crisp and clean, without being marred by other people getting in the way of Logic’s point of view.

Overall, this is a fantastic album for listeners and for Logic. As his Def Jam debut, it is a great introduction into the main stream music world and a fantastic introduction into a new and possibly more profitable audience. Logic should be proud of this album as it sounds crafted and not just a collection of songs.