Logic – Bobby Tarantino Review

This mixtape is more proof that Logic is already a big name and has the potential to go huge. His fast pace helps keep energy up while some big beats keep that momentum moving forward.

The production is excellent with a lot of interesting sounds used to make great backings with a lot of room for Logic to choose content. Each beat reflects Logic’s passion for the subject matter as well as his own character. His selection here is good and it will be interesting to see how his ear for the production will change as he goes on.

The lyricism is fantastic with complex schemes weaving intricate tapestries that leave the listener wanting more. Logic shows additional skill by being able to do this at such a pace that it takes several listens to catch all the different techniques he uses. No problems with the lyrical side of this at all.

The choice to have only one feature is good as it gives Logic more time to show what he is capable of and not just what the people he knows are capable of. The guest does a great job showing Logic can work with others as well as showcasing his own skills. Maybe on the next project, a few more people could make some more interesting moments.

Overall, this is a great place holder before the next album. Logic should be very happy with what he has put out here and should carry that into his next project.

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YG – Still Brazy Review

This album is a fantastic statement on America’s youth. YG is blunt and descriptive about how young men in America feel and act, especially under present circumstances.

The production is pure West Coast with the bounce and feel of modern LA. There is a lot of energy throughout the album even with the mixture of positive and negative tracks. Maybe a few tracks with a feel further from his comfort zone would make some interesting results, but YG knows what is effective and enjoyable for his audience.

The lyricism is good with vivid imagery without trying to be overly clever. YG does not mince his words and simply tells it like it is with his delivery and vocal tone that makes him stand out. Nothing appears to be wrong with his performance, especially as he changes flow and plays with voice modulation.

The features help give this the story telling angle that YG excels at. It has a family and friends feel that help the project feel cohesive as well as the guests working hard. Each puts in good effort and comes away with more listeners knowing who they are.

Overall, this is a great album for the times young men like YG live in. No one can say how this will translate over time, but this is definately a successful album right now.

Lil Durk – Remember My Name Review

This album has a good stab at making a lot of different songs for different listeners in Hip Hop, with a lot of diversity. However Durk does not really excell on a lot of them. They are perfectly good songs but it comes across as Durk stretching himself a bit thin, especially with all the autotune.

The production is incredible, with a lot of really good individual beats that are a great canvas for Durk to work with. There is not as much of a range of backings as there is styles over them, but there is plenty of diversity in them and they are all enjoyable. There is no issue with the production really, a good beat selection.

The lyricism is alright with a few lyrical techniques used to embelish the rhymes. However none of the lyricism is going to attract that side of Hip Hop to come and listen to this album. The other point is Durk’s delivery which seems to be autotuned on almost every track which detracts slightly from what he is saying and the impact that it has. Maybe if he left the technology behind a bit and showed his raw talent more, this would feel more like a Hip Hop album.

The features are great and add another dimension to the album. Each breaks up the monotony of hearing one voice well and they all being a great verse or chorus. It also shows good chemistry with others in the industry. A few features higher up the rap ladder could show growth, but Durk has chosen good people to assisst on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album which will have at least one song on it that you enjoy. A full listen through can still be enjoyed but Durk hides behind autotune so much that it takes away from how entertaining an album this could be. One of the stronger debuts of the year so far.

2 Chainz, Cap 1, Skooly and Fresh (AKA Short Dawg) – T.R.U Jack City Review

This is a good compilation for the group to showcase their individual skill and the chemistry of the group. However it shows that 2 Chainz is not as accomplished as he believes.

The production is good and is diverse enough to allow a range of tracks, but not so much that it is complete when it comes to topics of songs. Most of this project is trap music that follows the same patterns and formulas on each beat, but there are a couple that expand their thoughts and allow a wider range of emotions and possibility.

The lyricism is alright but this project is mostly about street credibility and the reality of it. While there are some attempts at clever lyricism, this mixtape is mostly about making tracks that the street can bop to and can relate to. Mostly about drugs and women, the lyrics are made for delivery to make them powerful, but for that to be the case, some of the artists need to step their game up.

The features are alright but are all too much like the main artists to make much of an impact or add much to the tracks. With so many artists out there trying to make it big in rap, making songs that could have been made by anyone is not the way to stand out and the verses the features put out are mediocre. They need to try harder to make more of an impact.

Overall, this is a good compilation for the main artists who aren’t 2 Chainz to get more exposure, but there is a lot left to be desired and a lot of untapped potential. With some more effort and a higher level of diversity, this group could have some success in the music industry.

Trinidad James – No One Is Safe Review

This is more of the same Trinidad James that you have heard on all his other projects. If James wants to continue in the music industry at all, he needs to shake it up and start introducing something new to his formula.

The production is good and actually makes for quite an interesting listen. Each track is definitely differentiated from the others and has some properties that fit in with James’ formula. The sounds used are out of the norm and it helps to make the production stand out.

The lyricism is ok, but nothing to go crazy over. James includes a couple of touches of greatness and potential, but they are few and far between. The content is generic and is filled with vulgar and unimpressive references that are dull and boring to hear.

THe features are better than Trinidad James but are still not the elite in rap. While the features are alright and help bring a certain amount of respectable alliances to the project, they all run in the same vein as James and don’t bring any new or interesting ideas to the table as far as content is concerned.

Overall, this is a good project if you already Liked Trinidad James but if you aren’t a fan already, this is not the project that is going to do it. This is the same repetition of James that we have always seen and is nothing new or exciting to get hyped up about.

Fabolous – The Young OG Project Review

This is a good nineties themed project that takes the listener back to those times through good atmosphere, production sound and the fact that Fabolous raps on the album now as he would have back then. He brings his experiences and emotions into this project to make it very relatable for the audience.

The production is good and is a total retro experience that helps lend itself to the old Fabolous rap as well as the theme of the album. There are a lot of sounds and patterns used in the nineties that are present on this album and it is very refreshing to hear music that sounds like it was created and lost in the nineties and then brought to light this year.

The lyricism is great and nothing less than we expect from as accomplished a lyricist as Fabolous. With the emotional content and energy on this album, Fabolous does well to bring the level of imagery and engross the audience in the message from the tracks. From a lyrical point of view, this album is top notch.

The features are good, but aren’t necessarily fitting in from the nineties era of Rap. The likes of Rich Homie Quan and French Montana are not names that spring to mind when you think of rap stars of the nineties. It would have been better to see some higher ranking nineties rappers in the mix to help build on the theme.

Overall, this is a great project for Fabolous and for lovers of the nineties era. It has everything that appealed to lovers of nineties rap and may help show how great of a time for rap it was to newer listeners.

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.