Spodee – The B.I.D Review

This is another project that falls into the trap of being constantly doing the same thing on each track with only the occasional change in pace, content or any other factor. More diversity would lead to a greater project. it would be an even greater project if Spodee was diversified from the many other trap rappers out there and stood out from the crowd.

The production is very good, but needs to change gear more frequently to become great. All of the beats are trap beats, or are at least derived from trap beats, and become almost hypnotic in the sense that they just flow from one into the other without really being able to tell when one song ends and another begins. The only way to tell really is when there is a pause with no music at all.

The lyricism is ok, but is only great in a few spots. Spodee spits mostly about generic content with generic schemes with a few moments that break into greater lyricism.but these are few and far between. If Spodee wants to break out from being “just another trap rapper” he needs to start trying something new and not just making more of the same.

The features are good and are the only thing that could bring any changes to the mixtape. All of them are different from Spodee and really help to bring new angles to the project. Each of them bring a new opinion and a fresh voice to their tracks and help detract from the continuous sounds of Spodee being the same as everyone else.

Overall, this is an ok project if you like a typical Spodee track, which all of these are, but if not, you should stay away from this one. Considering some of the competition in the rap game today, Spodee needs to step his game up to get even sloe to Hip Hop’s elite.

T.I – Paperwork Review

This is a diverse album, but it may not connect with everyone as a cohesive project. There are tracks for trapping, radio tracks, tracks for women and tracks for driving to, however all together they don’t entirely blend. It does follow the idea of a film,¬†as there is a song on there for pretty much any scene that could come up, but even as a soundtrack it doesn’t exactly flow all the way through.

The lyricism is good on each track and helps to lend to the descriptive nature of the film it was partly designed to be. T.I is still sharp and plays effortlessly on every track. However on some tracks the backing is slightly overwhelming for his voice and can make him fade into the background instead of at the forefront where he should be.

The production is amazing, but with Pharrell executive producing its hard to imagine the production being bad. Each track is distinguishable from the others and is one of the points that helps shape the collection of tracks into an album. T.I also recruits some top producers, like producer of the year DJ Mustard, to help keep things at the forefront of Hip Hop and for things to sound as fresh as they can.

The features are interesting to say the least. They all add something to the tracks they are on, and it is interesting to see that some of them are featured on several tracks and not just one. All of the featured artists help to add to the diverse nature of the tracks since they help break from just hearing T.I for the length of the project.

Overall, this is a good album for T.I as it shows that he is still lyrically sharp and that he is still culturally relevant, while being able to appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. However the project needs more of a theme or story to tie it all together, to make a great album and not just a great collection of tracks.

Hustle Gang – Get Dough or Die 2 Review

This is a nice collection of the same sounding songs that do not fully show the talent on the roster. It is very unfortunate that this is not the standout label roster showcase the G.D.O.D series is intended to be. Even the head honcho, T.I, who is a very talented rapper, sounds comfortable but not excelling on every track. He still comes across as the top guy amoung the others on the tracks but he is not putting out the rhymes that we all know he is capable of, even with the double time flow.

The lyrics are not strong on this album. T.I shows what he can do but it comes across as he is not really trying and a couple of others, Trae Tha Truth and Young Dro, do quite well on the tracks they are on. The others however come across as very similar and non-distinguishable. B.o.B does some alright work on his tracks but even Iggy Azalea comes across as mediocre on the track she appears on.

The production is good, but needs more variation. Although done by different producers, they come across as almost the same. Mostly trap based beats, they all seem to follow a generic formula and pattern that doesn’t create a very entertaining atmosphere.

One of the good things going for the project is the energy that goes into it. A majority, if not all, of the tracks have a lot of energy and that is one of the only positive things about this project that could have been so very promising.

Overall, this does not live up to its potential at all but can provide a couple of good songs to use, possibly as some sort of workout mix for when you go to the gym.