Kid Ink – Summer In The Winter Review

This album is exactly what the title indicates with all the summer vibes it needs to make you forget it is Winter. With plenty of DJ Mustard’s signiture style to generate energy, if your missing warmer weather then this is the project for you.

The production is fantastic with DJ Mustard using his immense talent to pour a lot of great beats into this project. Each is still individual without running together while giving scope for a range of content to be explored. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is good with Kid Ink using his ability to explore different techniques to enhance his writing. He tries a few different ways to make his imagery and the impact of his words improved but they sometimes fall short of the mark. While never by much it does influence the tracks and how they play out.

The features help to flesh out the project some more so that Kid Ink does not become stale on a full listen through. Each brings in an entertainment factor that plays well with the production and helps to make the project more cohesive. A few more singers could have made a few more interesting combinations, but the guest selection here works well.

Overall, this project is great for remembering the past summers and looking forward to the future ones. Kid Ink has crafted a project that fits its objective perfectly.

DJ Mustard – 10 Summers: The Mixtape Volume One Review

This mixtape, while being cohesive and extremely replayable, does have a slight downside. That being that while DJ Mustard does a great job on the backing, the actual talent from his roster can come across as very similar to each other in ability and style.

The production is excellent and definately has the DJ Mustard signiture sound all over it. All the beats are really smooth and flow together without merging. There is pretty much no improvements to make to the production on here as DJ Mustard crafts near perfection.

The features do a good job fleshing out these tracks but there are a lot of similarities in the recurring guests. All of them bring good verses that are diverse enough to be enjoyable, however thier style and lyrical prowess all tend towards the same things which is not in your face obvious, but it does show itself to be true.

Overall, this is an entertaining and laidback listening experiance with DJ Mustard showcasing not only his beat making prowess, but what his record label is capable of. His crew bring a good skill level to this mixtape to take forward to thier own projects.

YG – Blame it on the Streets Review

This is a nice short album to remind people that YG is one of the new generation of rappers who shows real promise to keep West Coast Hip Hop alive. This album has a fair amount of throwback value to YG’s debut album “My Krazy Life” which is a good as that was also a good album. However with some repeat songs it can become difficult to really enjoy if you have heard “My Krazy Life” enough times.

The production is good and enjoyable for most listeners as it is very much in the style of popular Hip Hop producer DJ Mustard who has been known to craft some of the biggest hits of 2014. The range is good with some more energetic tracks mixed with an acapella freestyle and an acoustic cover of one of his previous songs. It is a nice blend of styles and flows which create a very diverse album.

The lyricism is good as the freestyle especially shows that YG can rap without the song being held up with the beat. It is clever in most places and where it isn’t, it is kept simpler to help get the point across. This helps YG to create a lot of imagery and show how he has grown as an artist since his debut album dropped earlier in the year.

The features are good but may not always be discernable from one another as some have similar voices. This is not a big problem but with so many features on so few tracks, it can start to feel less like YG’s album and more like a free for all. This doesn’t mean the features aren’t enjoyable though and they definitely help shape the tracks on the album with different pitches and some singing used to add more depth.

The other big thing about this album is it comes with a half an hour short film written and starring YG with the music being used from the songs on the album as well as some from his debut. This increases the entertainment value of the album as a different form of media helps to stimulate the listener and helps to show life from YG’s point of view.

Overall, this is a good pit stop on the way to a more streamlined and cohesive album but is still very enjoyable. The songs mixed with the short film can show YG in many lights ad helps to get his messages across better.

Ty Dolla $ign – Sign Language Review

While Ty$ is a talented singer, he may need to find some new things to sing about. The actual vocals and the ability on this project is fantastic, however the constant stream of songs about women and drugs can become stale. The only thing that keeps you listening ot it is the fresh approach to some old classics. Ty$ takes “Dead Presidents” and flips it to be about strippers which brings a fresh perspective to what you can do with a song.

The vocals, as said before, are fantastic. Ty$ shines with ability and is rising up to take the spot as Hip Hop’s go to singer. On songs with featured artists, Ty$ really stands out as his style of singing ties together what the featured artists put on the track and helps the project sound a little cohesive, despite the repetitiveness of the song matter.

The production is good, with beats that blend with in with the singers crooning and help to showcase how talented Ty$ is. The project as a whole, production wise, fits together very well and as projects go the production flows together and is a good palate for talent.

Overall, this is not a bad project, and not as good as his “Beach House” projects, but needs a bit more variation in the subject matter to make it a great project. However Ty$ is still a very talented singer and should continue to make great tracks.

YG – My Krazy Life Review

This is a solid major label debut. YG puts in some good work with his rhymes while not being the most gifted rapper. He treads familiar ground with content but keeps it on a more personal level than some others in the genre have been known to do.

The album comes across as a concept album with no real storyline as it is centred on YG’s own life. Track titles that would have words beginning with C are replaced with a B to show his ties to the Bloods, and not Crips, making a personal connection to the music. It is all built upon his street status and about how it blended in with other aspects of his life up to this point.

That being said, a large portion of the music isn’t overly personal. YG connects them to his own experiances, but the tracks themselves are well trodden ground. YG puts them across as different as his mentor DJ Mustard has created this sub-genre within Hip-Hop that is new to the culture. That production with YG’s style helps to push each track toward greater heights, regardless of content.

The production itself, of course, is amazing. DJ Mustard has put himself among the top producers and brings his A-Game to this effort. Each track is crafted to capture the atmosphere that the lyrics create and it is all done with great head nodding goodness.

The diversity of the tracks is also done very well. There are tracks designed for the clubs, for a Top 40 breakthrough and for pretty much everything else. There is even a track apologising to his mother for things he did growing up. This all helps build up the concept album feel and the feeling of an album that flows very easily.

The features are also fantastic. Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock, the street portion of the Black Hippy group, hold down the track “I Just Wanna Party” with great street verses. Drake gives a superbly on point verse on “Who Do You Love?” and who hasn’t heard Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan on “My Nigga”? All add to the album to help craft this debut effort.

Overall, while this is not an album that will be as celebrated as some (or as put down as others), this is a good effort from YG and as he grows in lyrical ability his efforts are only going to get better. This is a more than average album, while not quite reaching the heights of a great album.

My Krazy Life is now available on iTunes

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