This release has a lot of elements of a Wu-Tang Clan album, but lacks a certain cohesion to fill out all the criteria. This album feels a little unbalanced and is gratefully accepted as almost a tribute to the group, rather than an official effort.
The production is classic Wu-Tang. There is plenty of haunting backings that reflect the groups starting point and how they have kept their flavor. There are a few more modern beats that never sound like a perfect fit, but do help show that the collective is trying to keep up with modern times.
The lyricism is solid from everyone, but only a few really shine out. No one does a bad job, but a few of them don’t perform at their finest and the rest have to pick up the slack. While you couldn’t pick out anyone performing terribly, but only a small percentage performs well.
Overall, with the features performing along the same lines as the legendary group, this release is a little too long. Maybe if it was a little more cohesive, it could have flowed a little easier and made this a little easier to listen to.
This release is great for both artists as they have crafted a project that plays to both their strengths. Slaine and Termanology perform to their strengths and it pays off.
The production is amazing with contributions from some top producers that go with the darker themes. With the old school scratching fitting with the veterans, helping to showcase how long they have been in the game, there is a high level of cohesion throughout the album as well. Something a little lighter could have created a more complete image of the artists, but they have spent much of their careers in the dark side of rap and it only makes sense with the way this album heads that they stay there.
The lyricism is great and both artists come off well with their own styles. Both are very individual with their flows as well as complex rhyme schemes that make this extremely entertaining. There is a lot of vulgarity used in a lot of these songs that will make this inaccessible to a lot of listeners, but the two artists have never been known to bend for the masses and shouldn’t do so now.
The features all help contribute to the cohesiveness of this album with their chemistry together. All of them show that they are also talented entertainers to the right audience and help make this album a success. Something further from their own strengths could add another dimension, but there is no doubting the selection here.
Overall, this is a great release for fans of both artists as well as anyone who enjoys the darker side of rap music. This might not be for everyone, but for those who do enjoy it, they will enjoy it immensely.
This release is a fantastic showcase of Termanology’s skills. He deftly makes songs that speak to the audience as well as explore his personal experience.
The production is great with a lot of different influences coming together to make easy flowing beats. There is plenty of variation to explore the different content while not being one long mess. Some more traditional instruments might make some more songs to appeal to a wider audience, but Termanology has a great selection here.
The lyricism is obviously great and Termanology shows why he is considered a top lyricist. His differentiation in flow and pace helps keep this interesting and cohesive. there are no issues with his performance on this and should continue in this vein.
The features do a great job of filling out the tracks. Each puts in a great verse or hook that keeps the tracks feeling fresh while showing Termanology’s connections in the rap world. There is a good balance of singing and rapping between the guests which really helps this release.
Overall, this is an entertaining and thought provoking piece of work that audiences should enjoy. Termanology has put together a release to give his point of view and should make some sales while doing it.
This project is a great representation of how Joell Ortiz feels about the state of New York hip hop as well as hip hop overall. The way he rhymes combined with the backing from Domingo shows he is still hungry and wants to push New York back towards the top.
The production is good as there is plenty of variation so that Joell can explore more subject matter. Domingo may not have a true signature sound but he does have a flavour that is present on each song. Once he develops a bit more, his beats will stand out more but this project shows he is no slouch.
The lyricism is incredible with Joell mixing a lot of different elements into very clever lines. He flexes his lyrical muscles and paints vivid pictures as well as using very witty lines to get his point across. There is little room for improvement on this side with his passion really driving the project forward.
The features add a lot to this project as they make up a large portion of the verses. Each brings a lot of effort but some sound more on point than others. None do a bad job but some review of who to use on each track for maximum effectiveness.
Overall, this project shows that Joell Ortiz is a force in hip hop and that he believes New York hip hop can be revived back to the glory days. he just needs more assistance from the rest of New York.
This album is a great testament to how much Joell Ortiz has grown musically. This is all crafted to work out brilliantly as a personnal story and as a musical project.
The production works well with the messages of each track and !llmind masterfully puts it together to work almost like a play, in different acts. Each beat does not take over the track and works well through the album to allow the emotions to feel natural. More of a balance of energy to emotional could make this even more cohesive, however it is very cohesive already and does not need it.
The lyricism is great and shows why Joell Ortiz is considered an elite lyricist. He weaves through great imagery and description to make rhymes that really speak to the listener. Maybe some more songs just to energise would be good to break up the emotions, however the tracks are still enjoyable and make great listening.
The features do a great job complimenting Joell Ortiz’s style. Each put in a great effort and make fantastic verses that blend well to make great songs. Some more singing may show that Ortiz can work with all kinds or artists, however he works well with who is on here to make songs that poeple enjoy hearing.
Overall, this is a very personal and intimate album that shows how Joell should not be considered an underdog in any sense. With !llmind handling the production, this project is a highlight of the year.
This is an homage to ODB, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but doesn’t quite make it to his level of greatness. While YDB, Young Dirty Bastard, does well to emulate his father, it does come across as an impression rather than YDB trying to come across as his own being.
The production is good and works well with YDB’s style. The beats excel at showcasing the range of pitches and voices that are used and it makes it even more entertaining. With a lot of retro sounds that are a bit of a throwback to the time of ODB, the production really helps to show that the particular style can still be effective.
The lyricism is good but there could be more diverse techniques used to make it even more appealing. However, the performance of the lyrics is incredible with the pitch and tone changes along with the signature voice create a great set of tracks from a lyrical perspective.
The features are good and help add a comparison to YDB. It is good to see an original Wu-Tang Clan member on a track in the form of Ghostface Killah, supporting the child of an old colleague and friend. All the features are good and bring additional diversity to each track to help keep it grounded and not flying away with YDB’s quirkiness.
Overall, this is a good project that helps to bring YDB more to peoples attention. It is unfortunate that YDB seems to be trying to be ODB but he still differentiates himself enough so that he can be considered his own artist and not an impression of his father.