Meek Mill – Wins And Losses Review

This release is another showing of force from Meek Mill, with a renewed vigour for success. After a turbulent time, he has shown how he can pull it together to make good music.

The production is energetic and helps keep the pace as the project plays. Each song with similar atmospheres all have a lot of the same elements, but are varied enough that they don’t get confused for each other. Maybe something with more of an easy listening feel would help include another audience, but would not fit with Meek Mill’s delivery.

The lyricism is strong with plenty of wordplay and clever punchlines. With some poignant messages in the mix here, the impact is huge with the delivery and performance aspects boosting them. a softer delivery might show that Meek is expanding his repertoire, but having already added a lot to his arsenal here, it is not a big miss.

The features are great and help with the cohesiveness of this album. Each makes a great effort and shows their own skills, which always fit with the song they are on. A guest from further afield than the rap game would help make some more interesting moments, but this is a small price for the results displayed on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album with some great moments and little filler. Meek Mill can hopefully take this and have a more stable year to come.

Wale – SHINE Review

This is a solid release from Wale and shows a bit more growth from the artist. The softer tones and choice of instrument help give this a more connecting tone than the party anthems that pop music has become.

The production is magnificent and sets the tone for the whole album. Each beat is not overbearing, so you can hear the artists on the tracks, while being melodic and uplifting in the background. Maybe something a little brasher could help give a more complete release, but the selection works well in this case.

The lyricism is strong and the easy delivery makes it easy to listen to. Wale has a masterpiece way of rapping, every word flowing easily together and the wordplay being descriptive and relevant. Something a bit more aggressive may show more sides to Wale, but there are definitely no issues with his performance here.

The features help to add another level of cohesion to this project, while showcasing others abilities. Each guest does a good job of showing how good their writing is and it is a good blend of stars as well as up and comers. The balance of singers to rappers is also pretty good which helps lead to a diverse listen through.

Overall, this is an enjoyable fifty six minutes that shows Wale is keeping his skills sharp. Mayback Music Group is having a strong year so far.

Jeezy – Trap Or Die 3 Review

This is another example of Jeezy showing how to make trap music with more of a refined polished sound that will land with a wider audiance. While there is a lot of trap influenced music right now, Jeezy shows how he helped ot kick off the movement.

The production is good as it is energetic and gritty when it needs to be while becoming softer for the more emotional stuff. While there is a lot going on in each beat, it never eclipses the artists which is a major issue in rap these days. It could be argued that a few different influences would help make a more balanced project, but this is supposed to be a total trap release, so this is not a reasonable criticism.

The lyricism is not overly complicated but still hits hard with the listener. Jeezy has a powerful delivery that accentuates his rhymes so that they are still entertaining without a huge amount of intricacy. Some more complex attempts with the raps could have improved this project, but Jeezy knows what his fans want and he fills that criteria perfectly.

The features do great jobs and help build on the work Jeezy does on the tracks. Each has great chemistry with Jeezy which helps make the tracks flow easier. A few more singers could help give another dimension to the project but would not necessarily fit with the style of beat and music.

Overall, this is a good trap offering but may not be a mainstream success. However, Jeezy has crafted a project that his fans can still enjoy and shows he is still a force to be reckoned with.

Fabolous – Summertime Shootout 2 Review

This is a great project as it keeps Fabolous in the public eye, showing his skills, as well as being a refreshing step back towards lyricism for Hip Hop. This builds on the work of the first installation to make this a promising staple for rappers everywhere.

The production is great as it is very summer like as the title suggests. The beats are light and airy which allows the listener to float back to summer memories while being entertaining and enjoyable. There are no problems with the beat selection as they fit perfectly with the aim of this project.

The lyricism is excellent with Fabolous not missing a step to add wordplay to every bar. He adds a lot of lyrical genius to these songs and lifts the whole genre back towards smarter rhymes. Maybe some more changes in pace and flow would make for a more balanced performance, but Faboloous does a really incredible job of making this project amazing.

The features help to add points of comparison for Fabolous as well as fleshing out the tracks. Each puts in a good effort and, with some big names, show that Fabolous is one of the big players in the rap game. The guests do a great job of adding more summer feelings to this mixtape.

Overall, this project is fantastic and should be celebrated by listeners everywhere. Fabolous should continue to put out this music so maybe Hip Hop doesn’t forget to have clever lines.

DJ Khaled – Major Key Review

This album had high hopes, but falls flat a lot more than it soars. Some tracks come across as cohesive genius whereas others seem more like formulaic noise to try and bring in more listeners who are not Hip Hop educated.

The production is good in places and great in others. There is a lot of energy running through the project but in a lot of places the elements in the tracks become more merged together into background noise rather than being effectively tools. Maybe some more beats with less happening in them would open up more space for the artists.

The features all do their job and most do it well to help flesh out this project. The verses tend to be effective but the hooks come across as repetitive in a lot of cases which really lets the album down. Some more imagination in that particular aspect would go a long way.

Overall, Khaled has made his playlist of high value artists and put together a collection of music that will appeal to most. However only a few tracks will remain with the listener.

DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.

The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.

The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.

Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.

Tyga – Rawwwest Alive Review

This project is simply more of the same from Tyga with few forays into new territory. Tyga needs to get out this slump and work on some fresh angles.

The production is good with plenty of energy and scope for content, but not a lot of variation in instruments or even tone. While the songs don’t run into each other, they are not exactly easily distinguishable from one another if Tyga had not rapped over it. Some more effort needed to select more diverse backings.

The lyricism is not bad but could use improvement. Tyga has a style that he does not bend from easily but can become stale as the project goes on, especially with the content staying so similar. More changes in flow and content would go a long way with this project.

The features help tie together the project by adding fresh voices. Each has a good verse which helps raise the quality of the project overall. Again, more diversity could go a long way.

Overall, this is only a great project if you like what Tyga has already made, re imagined in a few new ways. If not, then you may want to look elsewhere for your next listen.

Rick Ross – Black Market Review

This album shows both the strengths and weaknesses of Rick Ross. The songs tend to have good verses but the hooks really lack the flair to carry the song home.

The production is good with the atmosphere of each track being captured perfectly. There is plenty of energy running through the whole album and even the sombre moments having a certain bounce to them. Maybe some more traditional sounds could show that Ross has not forgotten how music has evolved but there are no real issues with the beat selection.

The lyricism is alright in the verses with most of the effort going into the delivery. While some of the hooks are ok, they tend to be the ones with features doing them. With more creativity going into the hooks and some more attempts at lyrical devices to up his rhymes, Ross could stop being considered the bottom of the top and start climbing some more.

The features do a good job of giving comparison points for Ross. Each on thier own does a great job of thier part while also helping to make thier tracks more cohesive with the rest of the project. There is a good balance of rappers to singers and the features may be one of the best points on this album.

Overall, this is a good album for those who like Ross but it can be difficult to sit through with the hooks being so plain. Creativity is needed in music.

G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out Review

This album shows that G-Eazy can rap and do it well, but does not necesserily know the formula to a wining song. Some song chemistry is needed to tie the album together a bit more.

The production is different from the normal with a touch of abnormal patterns and sounds to give the music a dark edge. The songs follow the theme of when things are dakr, but it does need to still be tied together. Some more cohesion between the songs would help this project a lot.

The lyricism is great with G-Eazy easily striding through his rhymes with good and individual delivery. His lyrics are full of different techniques and devices to improve his imagery. Maybe some more changes to flow would help bring this project together.

The features are one of the most cohesive elements of this project as they help show the chemistry G-Eazy can have with other artists. Each has a good verse that helps to push the songs ot new hieghts. Some more variation in the type of guest with maybe more singing would help to show his diversity a bit more.

Overall, this is a great step for G-Eazy as it helps to hone his skills. Maybe on a brighter project, he could show that he can have more variation when it comes to content.

Skeme – Inglewood 3 Review

This album is a deeper cut than the last installment of this series, leading to a closer connection to the rapper. Skeme shows that he can express his feelings as well as his desires on a song and with a fresh tone in his voice.

The production is varied with more sombre offerings than you would normally find. The beats tend to be more mellow and less aggresive which helps to show a newer side of Skeme with his content. Maybe a few more pumped up beats could have balanced the project out a bit more, but the new side of Skeme does a great job of filling any space that the listener finds.

The lyricism is good with the different techniques accentuating the story telling aspect of the songs. Skeme is not quite as complex as he has been on previous efforts but with the content being so centred on his own personal adventures it is best he focused on how those affected him and getting that point across. He has chosen his words well that there are no real problems with the rhyme side of things.

The features do a great job of having a point of comparison to Skemes own writing. Each has a good effort and thier verses do a fantastic job of making each song very cohesive as well as pushing Skeme to new areas of rap. maybe some singing guests could have shown another dimension of Skeme, but he has chosen those who would work well on this album.

Overall, this album is great if you like Skeme and wanted to delve deeper into his psyche. If this is your intro to Skeme, then this is an introduction that will stick with you for the personal connection.