Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me Review

This release show more of a softer side of Ross that listeners might not have expected. There are a few of the more street based tracks, but they appear to have less effort put into them than then slower ones that Ross shines on here.

The production is great with a few gritty beats mixed in with the slower, emotional ones. The slowed down ones leave room for Ross to be more creative, whereas there is so much going on in the backing with the energetic ones that the lyrics can get lost. On the whole, it is a good choice to try to balance the productions but if you do, then you should put equal effort into both.

The lyricism is good with Ross doing more to prove he is lyrically nice on this project. While not evident on every track, the verses on this show personal growth as well as a possible increase in skill. Rick Ross does well to flex his lyrical muscles on these tracks, but maybe still try on the more hood based efforts too.

The features are good and help build up the cohesiveness of this project. Each does a great job of showing what they bare capable of and how it blends with the styles of the others on the songs. Maybe trying to bring up new artists could help solidify his status as a rap great, but the guest selection on here is fit for purpose and works well.

Overall, this is a great release for Ross as it shows he is still working on his talents and becoming the best to ever do it. Maybe trying to improve on the formulas he is using for a few of his songs might help, but this works as a project.

The Game – The Documentary 2 Review

This is a great album to listen to as it contains a lot of what makes the west coast great in it. Game shows that he is still one of the top rappers out there and uses a great group to make that happen.

The production is fantastic. A protege of one of the best producers of all time picks some great beats to use while keeping his individual flavour over them. There are no problems with what Game has selected to use on this project as he knows exactly what will work for him.

The lyricism is great and while is not the absolute best, is heads and shoulders above the average. Game shows that artists can still be lyrical while using street content and experiances for added spice. There are no real issues with his vocals on this, especially with his almost unique flow to enhance his actual words.

The features are good and help to embelish the tracks. All the guests do the job they need to allow each song to stand out while each feature showcases what they are able to do on thier own. Maybe some people further from Hip Hop could make some more interesting moments, but these features do a really good job.

Overall, this album is great from almost every perspective. Where Game goes from here is a mystery as he is very near the top as it is.

Casey Veggies – Live And Grow Review

This is a great album as it is laid back while being upbeat enough to stay interesting. Casey Veggies makes an interesting set of tracks that will appeal to a lot of listeners.

The production is great with many dimensions that make each track very enthralling. The beats have a wessst coast feel but with a few more intricate parts to keep the interest up. There are no problems with the selection on this project, but Casey may want to try some different backings in the future to show he can work with more of a variety.

The lyricism is good and makes the verses stand out. Casey Veggies uses a range of lyrical devices to keep his rhymes interesting while showing how he has grown in the industry. Again, there are no real issues with this but some experimentation with flows could show how Casey is still looking to grow further.

The features do a good job of showing how Casey works with others, which all works very well. Each guest has a good verse and makes this much more cohesive as a project. Some features that sing or that are from a different genre could make some more exciting moments, but Casey picked some good poeple to be on this album.

Overall, this album is great to listen to, has plenty of replay value and is a good showcase for Casey Veggies. He is a talented artist with a bright future.

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth Review

This album is what the title describes. All the tracks have truth in them and Trae does a good job putting his passion into the rhymes.

The production is great and gives enough scope for Trae to really explore around his emotions and feelings. There is not too much going on in the background to overpower the artists but they do have enough impact that they aren’t forgotten. Some more higher energy tracks could have balanced it out slightly more, however that would not be in the spirit of the emotional sharing.

The lyricism is good but most of the enjoyment comes from his delivery. His unique tone makes Trae easily discernible to the listener while his rhymes have enough power behind them to sink in and make you think. Some more complex techniques could entice more of an audiance, however that is not the aim of this project. Trae has selected his audiance and plays directly to them.

The features all do a good job of adding more depth to the tracks. They all bring a lot of effort to thier songs and give another opinion on the topic at hand. A couple more singing guests could strengthen the additional dimension, but Trae has selected a good group for this project.

Overall, this album is enjoyable to listen to while also making you think. It is good to see Trae make a full album rather than the stream of features the world has seen from him recently.

Kid Ink – Full Speed Review

This is a good project for Kid Ink as it shows him making a whole variety of tracks with some good features and some different flows. There is not a whole lot to criticise about this project.

The production is smooth and refined. The beats blend together easily and are accessible for both lovers of Hip Hop and to lovers of Pop music. The way the producers have put the tracks together comes across as very polished without a fault in them and that is a big bonus for this project.

The lyricism is there and is scattered throughout but may not be as involved as some would like. While Kid Ink does very well to involve wordplay and lyrical devices in this work, the songs aren’t saturated in them so as to help expand the audience further into the realms of Pop music. For Hip Hop purists, Kid Ink could have used more wordplay.

The features are good and add to every track they are on. Each helps to bolster the cohesiveness of the tracks and helps introduce different opinions and angles on the message of each track. If the features weren’t there, this project would not be as good as it currently is.

Overall, this is a great project for Kid Ink and for rap as a sub-culture of Pop music. Kid Ink may well be part of a movement to move Hip Hop out of the darkness and into the mainstream of radio around the globe.