French Montana – Jungle Rules Review

This release is full of high energy and entertaining tracks that are enjoyable to listen to. However it feels odd in places where the use of auto-tune could be considered unnecessary.

The production is full of trap based beats and cleaned up street backings that help give the jungle vibe French is looking for. Each is strong as an instrumental but works very well with the rappers and singers over the top. Something a bit more experimental would show another aspect of French Montana, but the beat selection here has no real issues.

The lyricism is good with French Montana coming across as his most lyrically flexible self. His bars have some good wordplay and other devices in them, but can be repetitive in places, like the hooks. While he has definitely improved in this area, there is still room to improve further.

The features all help to increase the cohesiveness of this project and show thier own skills. In some cases, they can come across as very similar to what Montana is going for on the song as well with delivery but they never ruin the others performances. Something further form his own talents could help lift this guest selection, on the other hand these features are all effective on the songs they are on.

Overall, this is an achievement because there are a lot of good songs available on it. The problem is that if you cant sing, then don’t auto-tune everything because it can take from the real talent of the rhymes. Also, consolidate the track length to maximise effectiveness.

French Montana – Mac & Cheese 4 Review

This project is good, fun and energetic which is sometimes what the audience needs. There are a few emotional songs, but Montana remains in his comfort zone for the majority.

The production is very bouncy with a lot of club atmosphere as well as some street beats to help keep this mixtape fresh. With so much power behind the boards, there is a lot of drive pushing this project forward that the backings provide a lot of the entertainment here. The beat selection is great for the music that French Montana wants to make.

The lyricism is straight forward but is effective in places. The rhymes are not made to be the most lyrical and his shouting at the end of almost every line doesn’t help make this more interesting. He knows what his fans want, and supplies that, but doesnt push French doesn’t push himself to be better.

The features help to make this more cohesive and to break up the monotony of hearing French Montana shout. Each puts in good effort and their styles alleviate some more of the similarities between the songs. Some more singing could have added another dimension to this mixtape, but French Montana knows what his fans expect and there are some huge names on here to assist with that.

Overall, this is a good romp through what a formulaic hip hop hit sounds like, but it lacks a lot of substance. French Montana may want to evolve his content if he wants to have more longevity in his career.

Chinx – Welcome To JFK Review

This album is enjoyable to listen to and is a great album that Chinx would be proud of. There are a lot of good moments that make this album likely to be listened to again.

The production runs very well throughout the project and really helps the transitions between the songs. All the beats are refined so that each of the songs can be enjoyed together or taken individually which is a good quality for an album to have. A few more higher energy songs could have pumped the project up a bit more, however Chinx does well over the beats he selected.

The lyricism is good and does a great job of increasing the level of entertainment. This is mostly due to the clever wordplay and the meaning behind the songs. An increase in complexity of the lyricism and a touch more diversity in his flow could have made Chinx’s performance better, but he certainly has not made any bad decisions here.

The features do a great job fleshing out the tracks with other opinions and points of view. The guests all bring good verses that, while showing what each of them is capable of, work well with Chinx’s style as well. A few singing guests could ass another dimension but the people on this help make it the album that it is.

Overall, this is a good album that has been crafted for Hip Hop audiances to enjoy. May Chinx be proud of this as he rests in peace.

Snootie Wild – Ain’t No Stopping Me Review

This mixtape does have some great vibes and atmospheres but there are also a few mis-steps that slow the project right down and can almost stop the entertainment altogether. Snootie needs to take that away and work on removing the slow downs.

The production is patchy and varies from track to track on how effective it is. On some songs, the beat is exactly what the song needs and on others it doesn’t fill the void and leaves the song feeling empty. Snootie should select beats with a bit more substance and that offer more of a base for him to build on.

The lyricism is alright but could certainly improve. Delivery and performance are what make the words land with the listener, but there is very little complexity within the wordplay. Snootie should work on making his lyrics smarter to draw in a wider audiance.

The features are alright but don’t always fit in with Snootie Wild’s style. Most bring good effort and enjoyable verses, but there is some laziness and it can bring the project down as a whole. Snootie may want to find some guests with a more competitive spirit to make more interesting tracks.

Overall, some of this project is exactly right and is very entertaining. However there are moments of bad decisions that bring the project down and make it less enjoyable.

Chinx – Cocaine Riot 5 Review

This is packed with good tracks that could be popular, but they seem too long to keep the listeners interest which stops this being a good project overall. This is unfortunate as if it was more cohesive, it will be an even greater feat of Hip Hop.

The production is good and is energetic but can sometimes be too much for Chinx to stand out over. While there is an emphasis on beats in this modern age of Hip Hop, the lyricist should still be a main point instead of fading away into the background. While the production is good, it is supposed to let the artist shine and Chinx does come through, but not enough to make what he is saying amazing.

The lyricism is alright but is mainly focused on content and fitting as many gun/drug references in as possible. With limited lyrical techniques involved to improve the actual lyrics, it is mainly focused on trying to solidify Chinx street status and on making sure everyone knows that he knows about narcotics and weapons.

The features are alright but follow in the same vein as Chinx himself so don’t bring a lot to the project overall. They are mostly¬†different voices doing the same things on the tracks and it is just mildly confusing when they switch rather than entertaining.

Overall, this would be a good mixtape but it is very repetitive and needs to do more to bring more diversity to be more enticing. It is interesting to hear at the beginning of each track, but as each track runs on they become dull and need to bring more to the table to keep things interesting.