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.

Future and DJ Esco – 56 nights Review

This is more of the same from Future and while the production is different, he comes across as disappointing. The backing is a little more eclectic but at the volume this music is being produced these days it needs something a little more to make every track stand out from the rest.

The production is good and has more of a signiture feel to it than other production. There is a high energy level throughout this project that helps make this more enjoyable to listen to. However each track is not totally differentiated from one another. This can be offset by the skits in the end of the tracks 

The lyricism is not great with only a few attempts at higher than poor lyrics. Future relies on his delivery to make entertaining songs. The main problem with this is that his delivery can come across as very flat and his heavy use of autotune makes songs that seem the same from his own point of view. 

Overall, this has some enjoyable moments due to the high amount of energy in the tracks, but it is also a sign that future is not attempting to move forward in his rap career. He does not appear to be changing anything at all.