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 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.

Kid Cali – Kid Cali Review

This mixtape is an example of an artist who sounds too much like others and doesnt have enough punch to break out into his own character. Kid Cali needs to step up if he wants to have a big career.

The production is good, reminiscent of DJ Mustard, and is one of the only good elements of the project. Each track is different enough so that they don’t run into one another but it could be tricky to pick any beat out if there were no lyrics. A bit more diversification could lead to a project that could have a lot more diversification.

The lyricism is poor and Kid Cali apparently relies on delivery to carry the mixtape through. There is a lot of repetition, even from track to track, and very little wordplay. A bump in the level of lyrical technique could go a long way to improving this project.

The features do a lot to add extra dimensions to the project. With the singing and changes in tone help break up the monotony of hearing Kid Cali rap about the same things over and over. A few more guests could have improved this further, but Kid Cali thought he would showcase his own ability.

Overall, this mixtape shows what Kid Cali can do but it does do a poor job of showing how big a talent he is. It positively shows the opposite. Kid Cali needs to try a lot harder to become a staple in Hip Hop.

Jeezy – Gangta Party Review

The title of this mixtape describes exactly what you will find when listening to it. There is a track for almost any party scenario and Jeezy excels in this particular area.

The production is excellent and is all exactly what each track needs to stay energized and keep the atmosphere going. All the tracks have a slightly different feel while keeping the party vibe to keep the theme alive. Maybe some songs with a more emotional feel could make a more well rounded project but that is not in the spirit of this project.

The lyricism is good but is not near the best in the rap game. While the rhymes are entertaining and all lend themselves to the energetic party theme, it is not overly complex to bring in that particular audiance. However each track is enjoyable and the simplified rhymes help to get the party factor across.

The features all help with the energy factor. Most of them are up and comers who make trap music so fit in well with what Jeezy is looking to accomplish. This means that they each bring good effort to the track they are on to help make a cohesive project.

Overall, this is a good mixtape if you need something that the title describes. However it is not much good for anything else.

Gucci Mane – King Gucci Review

This album has more classic trap music from one of the best to make it, and the way the project is structured makes all of it enjoyable. It is fairly short in comparison to some of Gucci’s mixtapes which helps keep it cohesive and enjoyable.

The production is good and works well with the type of music Gucci makes. On this project, each beat is diversified and helps make each track standout and stop them rolling into one. As this has been a problem on previous projects, it is good to hear a choicer selection of beats used on a Gucci project.

The lyricism is not complex but can be enjoyable. While his actual wordplay is fairly average, and his delivery can become stale, his continuous working of the beats with pure catchiness makes an entertaining listen. He still may want to make his wordplay more complicated but there is no doubt that Gucci makes energetic music.

The features are good as they are different enough from Gucci that they have impact on the tracks. Each has a good verse that shows the main artist can work well with others. However it may be good for Gucci to look for features further afield from his own style.

Overall, this is an enjoyable mixtape with a lot of highlights. Gucci is showing he is still a force in Hip Hop and that people shouldn’t forget about him. 

Bleu Davinci – Angels And Demons Review

This is an enjoyable listen through and has the finishes of a studio album while catering to a mostly street audiance. Bleu should be congratulated on his ability to make a project this entertaining while keeping his individuality on every track.

The production is excellent and really helps to take this project to the next level. Every beat is smooth and diverse  so that on a full listen through, the listener experiances a lot of different tracks with a lot of different messages. It is possible that the balance could weigh in more emotional tracks but there is no denying that this is a good listen.

The lyricism is good and helps keep the project interesting. Bleu does a good job putting wordplay and other lyrical devices into his work and keeping it up through the whole mixtape. Bleu could have made his lyricism a bit more complex to attract a few more listeners but he does a great job putting the work and effort into every song.

The features are also good and help build on the success Bleu has on each track. All the guests put in a lot of effort on thier verses and come out with great results. Possibly a few more features from further a field and further from Bleu’s comfort zone would make a few more interesting moments, but there is no doubt that this is a good selection of people to be on the project.

Overall, this is a great project for listeners and for Bleu Davinci to enjoy. Everything comes together very well and there is nothing really wrong with it. Some small improvements, but nothing that can be shown as bad.

Peewee Longway – The Blue M&M Vol 2 (King Size) Review

This is an enjoyable listen if you are already familiar with Peewee Longway and his particular rap style, but it could be difficult for this mixtape to bring in many more listeners for the rapper. The begining sets the tone for the majority but there are some more interesting tracks at the end if you can make it that far.

The production is a touch bland in places but is alright overall. Some tracks require Longway to carry them along with his rapping and have no substance of thier own which can lead to a very repetitive listen. With some more solid production to go with instead of trying to carry each song based solely on your own talent, this project could have had some more replay ability.

The lyricism is poor and Longway relies heavily on delivery and features for each song to be enjoyable. The only problem with that is his delivery can become stale after a while because he tends to use one vocal tone and creates a monotone listening experiance. If you are looking to carry every song on rap alone, you need to make sure you can pull it off.

The features are good and help bring a level of diversity that the project sorely needs. Each puts in a good verse and, while being in the same vein as Peewee Longway, sounds different and helps the track they are on become easier to listen to as a result. Some guests a bit further afield from his comfort zone may create an easier to listen to but these features add a lot to this project.

Overall, this is not a great effort from Peewee Longway but it can be enjoyable to people who enjoy formulaic and generic sounding songs, but not many others. He needs to try and seperate himself from the rest of the pack and not simply making more music that almost anyone else could have made.