Juicy J – 100% Juice Review

This mixtape is not breaking any new ground at all and is a rehashing of everything we have already heard from Juicy J. He needs to break the formula if he wants to bring in new listeners.

The production is a lot of what we normally hear on a track from Juicy J and becomes stale very quickly. While there are some interesting sounds and some good beats in there, there is also a lot of similarities between them as well as what is on the market right now. A few attempts at trying something new to show that he can climb out of the rut he is stuck in could be great, however Juicy J seems caught in hat he already knows he can do.

The lyricism is straight forward and packed with an impactful delivery, but lacks any content that will stick with the listener. Juicy J can craft rhymes about a few things with some effectiveness but it is lacking in diversity which makes the tracks harder to listen through. A bit more variation could lead to more poeple being interested in the music on this project.

The features don’t bring a lot to the mixtape as some do great and others very little. The guestslater on in the project do a better job, but earlier they are very similar to Juicy J themselves. Maybe some guests who compliment rather than imitate could lead to more interesting moments.

Overall, this mixtape is fine if you want to hear more of what Juicy J can already make, but if you were expecting something new from him, you will be disappointed.

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. 

Juicy J – Blue Dream and Lean 2 Review

This is an enjoyable project if you are the target audience of stoners, If you do not fall in that category however, this may be a repetitive project that may be difficult to hear all the way through.

The production is classic Juicy J and is exactly what you expect to hear on one of his projects. The bass is in heavy use throughout the project and there is no big melodies that play on almost any track. With some more variation and experimentation outside this single track formula, this may have a wider audience.

The lyricism is nothing special as yet another content driven project comes to light. With your typical tracks about drugs, women and money come together, with one offering about the recent shootings of young black men, these songs may have been made by almost anyone. It is Juicy J’s flow and cadence that makes this remotely interesting to listen to.

The features are good, with exception of Project Pat, and put in some good efforts for the most part. Pat is the anomaly because he is so very like Juicy J in the first place that when finding Juicy repetitive, it simply comes across as more of the same. However the rest of the features out in great work and diversify the project to a more enjoyable level.

Overall, this is a good project for stoners to listen to, but if you are looking for something refreshing to listen to, this is not it. Juicy may need to try a new angle or fresh approach if he wants to keep expanding his fan base.

Black Cobain – No Buzz Review

This is a strange project as, for what it aims to be, it is good. But Cobain could aim higher and have achieved more. If Cobain set his mind on a higher target, he may well reach it.

The production is gritty and unrefined which lets Cobain into the style of rap he enjoys using. The atmosphere created by the beats is exactly what each track is trying to say and each blends well into the next without feeling like the same track. Cobain has a good ear for what he wants from a track.

The lyricism is alright but Cobain won’t be sparring with the lyrical elite quite yet. While Black Cobain does use some rap techniques to great effect, he does not use the whole package to dominate the tracks. What he is using is good, if he tried to expand his variety of lyrical techniques, his projects would be more attractive to a Hip Hop audience.

The features are alright but there is nothing that majorly changes the tracks. Each feature puts in some good work but only to the extent that they have good verses without making the track seem any more enjoyable.

Overall, this is a good project that puts Black Cobain in a strong position, but is too centred on what it is trying to be. If he put some more effort in, this would be a fantastic project with more range. However it can still be enjoyed.

Project Pat – Cheez N Dope 3 Review

This is a generic sounding project that dies not live up to Project Pat’s potential. The large majority of it is repetitive and simply forgettable with a few exceptions. Even the features make Pat look average. This is not the project that shows Pat in his best light.

The production is mediocre to start but does improve towards the end of the mixtape. It feels weak at the beginning with Pat’s aggressive delivery far overshadowing the beats. However as the project plays through the production builds in strength and helps to improve the tracks overall. By the end the production is slightly above average production but still not great.

The lyricism is poor but Pat’s delivery helps make it more entertaining. There is a lot of repetition and some basic wordplay but nothing that might interest fans of pure Hip Hop lyricism. Pat sticks to what he knows with content, style and even some of the features but his lyricism needs some work if he wants to expand his audience.

The features are good, but show that Project Pat isn’t as good a performer as he thinks. The other features outshine Pat and make him look average or worse. Juicy J especially makes him look worse because his style is so similar to Pat’s own but he does it much better. This is not a good look for Pat.

Overall, if your a fan of Pat’s previous work, you might enjoy this. However if your looking for something classic and timeless to listen to, this may not be the choice your looking for. If Pat wants to appeal to a wider audience, he needs to change a lot of things.

King Ray – Kush 2 Review

This is a good project from King Ray. The mixtape is only eleven tracks long which means it needs to be cohesive to be a success. Luckily this is cohesive but not so much so that it blends into one really long song. While some of the tracks may be similar, the layout and the way Ray approaches each track makes each definitive and unique to the mixtape.

The production is good and fits with King Ray’s style. It is very reminiscent of G-Funk but with a more modern twist. Still sounding very much like being at the beach or the tropics. They are bouncy and have a calming energy about them while still keeping you in a state of readiness.

The lyricism is good but not the most lyrical that the world has ever seen. The choruses are repetitive and some of the more emotional tracks can seem forced but Ray works well with the rest and creates a project with a lot of re-listen ability. He may need to work on some of his more complex wordplay to appeal to all corners of the Hip Hop audience but his lyricism is still good.

The features are good and add a sense of diversity to the project. While they may be similar to King Ray himself, they do help to stop the project becoming monotonous. They may not stand out too much against Ray or the beat type, but they really make a more colourful palette for the mixtape to play with.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable project to listen to but may not appeal to everyone. However it is definitely worth a listen or two for everyone to decide if they like it or not as this project really could go either way for each individual listener.

OJ Da Juiceman and Criminal Manne – Kings of the Trap Review

The title aptly describes what this mixtape is going for. Everything about it screams trap music, from production to content. Both Oj Da Juiceman and Criminal Manne show they can work with the trap music subgenre to a point of near mastery but it does not work very well as a Hip Hop project.

The production is the definition of trap music but is very similar from track to track. On a whole listen through, it all tends to blend together. If you listened to only one track it would come across as trap genius but for the whole project to sound the same creates a poor overall result.

The lyricism is very street level with nothing too complex and similar from song to song. Both artists are good at knowing what the audience for this type of music is looking for, but for all listeners in Hip Hop, it may not appeal as music for them to listen to. However it can still be enjoyable if your in the mood for energy and not something to ponder over.

With no features, which makes sense as it isn’t a solo project, this monotonous project continues to be so with few changes in song structure or any change in lyrical acrobatics, this project can seem dull to listeners looking for an intelligent listen.

Overall, this is not a project for everyone, but if you like trap music, Oj Da Juiceman or Criminal Manne, then this is a mixtape you wont want to miss. If not, there is more stimulating music out there.