Big Boi – BOOMIVERSE Review

This is a great release from Big Boi as it is smooth and does encompass every listener with one play through. Something for everyone and high levels of cohesion have built this up into a top quality product.

The production is fantastic as each beat is strong and can stand on its own, while leaving room for the artists to work and not encroach on their space. You also get the feeling of outer space and the expanse as each song plays and really helps link back to the title. Maybe something with a little grit could appeal more to the more aggressive listener, but the selection here is outstanding.

The lyricism is excellent with Big Boi utilising his clever rhymes with a fast flow to create interesting and enjoyable performances on each song. It could be argued that the actual raps aren’t overly complex and could be more intricate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective and impactful. Something slower may show a more complete balance of skills, but Big Boi only does good work on this project.

The features all help to lift this to new heights as they each put in great performances. Everyone does some of their best work on this album and none feel out of place. Maybe something a little further from the comfort zone of Hip Hop would make more interesting moments, but the guests on this help keep things feeling fresh.

Overall, BOOMIVERSE is a success and is definitely worth a spin. Big Boi should continue to explore his musical skills like this and expand his repertoire of artists he has worked with, as he has done here.

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Curren$y – Revolver Review

This project is good laid back music with a twist of menace to liven it up. Curren$y makes the music he knows he does well and then steps in a direction slightly different to make this.

The production from Sledgren is excellent as it allows the artist to do a good job while still holding its own. It doesn’t fade into the background while not being overpowering so Curren$y is clear on every song. Sledgren should use this as a milestone to mark his success as he should get a lot more work after this.

The lyricism is good with Curren$y continuing to display talent in rhyme creation while telling a story and painting a picture for the listener. Each song has a message that he has made clear with his wordplay. There are no big problems here, but maybe sounding laid back doesn’t work with every message.

Overall, this is a great project for a short kickback and has a fair amount of replay value. Curren$y should continue to stretch himself and continue to step out of his comfort zone.

Curren$y – Canal Street Confidential Review

This album is full of smooth beats with Curren$y being even smoother over the top. There is a lot of replay ability in these songs as well as kick back music.

The production is easy listening with some more classic sounds to give this more of a lasting feel. The beats all sound individual so while the whole album has the ability to play right thorugh, you can select tracks out of it as well. Maybe some more different types of backing could show a greater range of talent, but Creen$y has selected well on this project.

The lyricism is good from Curren$y who shows he is a skilled lyricist. He uses a lot of different techniques  to really get the imagery and wordplay into his rhymes. Some attempt to vary his delivery could add another angle to his performance but Curren$y does a good job.

The features all contribute to how well this project plays. Each of the guests do very well on thier verses and help show that Curren$y can work well together with others. A couple more singers could give the project more of a balance but Curren$y has slected a great set of features for this project.

Overall, this project is great for Curren$y as it shows his skill while being good for Hip Hop as it strays away form the general formula. May his next project be as unique as this.

Gunplay – Living Legend Review

This album has some good moments but a delivery that can become style with content that most rappers have explored can bring any project down. Gunplay has some high points, but needs to keep them rolling throughout the tracklist.

The production is good and is smooth to listen to. There are no bad points but there are some great ones that allow Gunplay to step up and show what he can do. A few beats that have a slightly more old school sound could show that Gunplay could be appealing across the generations, however he does show that he does well in this modern era.

The lyricism is good while not pushing the boundry of the mid tier. Gunplay does a good job upping his lyrical repetoire and adding more techniques on more tracks. However he still puts it across as above average rather than going into the elite catagory. A bit more in the way of frequency and complexity could improve the album, but Gunplay has done well to improve it this much.

The features do a great job of fleshing out the project further. Each brings in a good verse while pushing Gunplay to try harder. A singing guest or two could have been a nice addition to the set, however these people have done well to craft this.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album that shows growth for Gunplay and his prospects in the rap game. If he can continue on this path, he will have a long lasting career.

Joey Fatts – Ill Street Blues Review

This mixtape from Joey Fatts is a self produced work of art that fits the title perfectly. The content is about the down sides of street life and Joey does this with a refreshing burst of calm energy.

The production is all tendered towards the theme and all ties together well. Each has it’s own individual atmosphere and it’s own little skits to give each track some context and extra emotional feel. High energy songs would have made a more complete project but would not fit in with the message the project is trying to send.

The lyricism is good and helps paint vivid images of the scenes Joey is describing. While it may not be the most complex and complicated word schemes, but the descriptions provided will make you feel like your there. If your in the mood for the saddened songs of this project, Joey will provide a way to make you feel like your part of the song.

The features do well to add to Joey’s narrative without detracting from his performance. Each help to grow the atmosphere on each track by adding to what Joey is saying and embellishing it with their own stories. A great addition to this project.

Overall, if you are in a sombre mood, this mixtape is what you are looking for. Joey Fatts has created a created a project to help you get into that mood or to make you feel like your not alone in whatever your going through.

Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

This is not the most complicated album, but it does hold some good songs and may be worth a listen or two. The choruses are, on average, very simplistic often consisting of one line or phrase repeated over and over. However a big boost to the overall album is Wiz’s singing ability which features more and very well on this album. It helps bring a sense of diversity to the album and opens up a whole range of possibility for each song.

The production on the album is of good quality as well as diversity. From light pop music, to club beats, to deep emotional backtracks, Wiz flows over all comfortably and even tries some new tempos and styles while rapping about money, drugs and women. Very comfortable subjects for him but he is trying to approach them from some different areas at least.

The features on the album do well, but it would have been nice to hear a bit more from them, some cases in time and others in substance. Varied in their performance, the features do at least help Wiz to showcase why he is such a figure in Hip Hop. His style and skill shine out among others while not making them look bad.

Overall, this may not be the top album of the year but it is a good album, while it may not be for everyone. A good variety of tracks means that some tracks will appeal to some people, but also means that they may not buy the whole album as they may actively not like a majority of the tracks.