Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap Review

This release is a true reflection of how talented Nipsey Hussle is as both an artist and a business man. Victory Lap is a perfect title to fit this as it shows not only the content of the music, but also how Nipsey has progressed in recent times.

The production on this is energetic and impactful. Each beat is full of classic west coast sounds that show that Nipsey is a strong representation of what the modern west coast sounds like. Something further afield then this signature sound might give an indication that Hussle is trying new things, but he knows what works well for him and uses this to pick backings that he is extremely effective over.

The lyricism is great with the delivery helping to boost the impact. The wordplay is fantastic and helps shows why Nipsey Hussle has such a loyal fan base in the first place. Maybe something with more of a story to tell would be interesting, to see how he would handle it, however he is definitely adept at using what made him a household name in the first place.

The features do a great job of adding their voices to the message of the track they are on. Each shows their own skills and passion for music while helping to build on Nipsey’s work on the song. Maybe a few more singers could add another dimension, but the guests all do fine work on this album.

Overall, this is an entertaining release that has plenty of replay value. Nipsey Hussle has had some great success and this should show that it isn’t fleeting.

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Casey Veggies – Live And Grow Review

This is a great album as it is laid back while being upbeat enough to stay interesting. Casey Veggies makes an interesting set of tracks that will appeal to a lot of listeners.

The production is great with many dimensions that make each track very enthralling. The beats have a wessst coast feel but with a few more intricate parts to keep the interest up. There are no problems with the selection on this project, but Casey may want to try some different backings in the future to show he can work with more of a variety.

The lyricism is good and makes the verses stand out. Casey Veggies uses a range of lyrical devices to keep his rhymes interesting while showing how he has grown in the industry. Again, there are no real issues with this but some experimentation with flows could show how Casey is still looking to grow further.

The features do a good job of showing how Casey works with others, which all works very well. Each guest has a good verse and makes this much more cohesive as a project. Some features that sing or that are from a different genre could make some more exciting moments, but Casey picked some good poeple to be on this album.

Overall, this album is great to listen to, has plenty of replay value and is a good showcase for Casey Veggies. He is a talented artist with a bright future.

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.

Dom Kennedy – By Dom Kennedy Review

This album has a great old school west coast feel, but without much binding it together, it just feels like a collection of somewhat passionless tracks. Dom has the ability to make enjoyable songs, but this album does not showcase a great deal of them.

The production is good and is full of elements that resound with the west coast atmosphere. Each track is distinctive but they definately share a lot of the same energy and feel. A few more songs with a different style may break up the monotony, but the songs individually can be entertaining.

The lyricism is not great as Dom Kennedy relies on his delivery and performance to have impact. While the way he says it boosts the tracks, his actual wordplay is fairly straight forward with very little deciphering. a few more intricate schemes would go a long way in his songs.

There is onefeatures on the tracklist which should be good to help Kennedy show his own skills off. However while he does vary his flow a bit during the album, there is a definate monotonous tone that runs through the whole project. A couple of guests more would have broken that up more and made an easier listening experiance. The one feature does do a good job on his track though.

Overall, this is a good album if you like Dom Kennedy making each track the way he wants to make it. Unfortunately he seems to want to make each track in a similar way and this has made a project that is not for everyone.

Fashawn – The Ecology Review

This is a fantastic album reminiscent of Nas as Fashawn takes a narrative stance throughout the project and creates a great feeling of education through enjoyment of the music. If he stays on a role like this, Fashawn could have a great Hip Hop career.

The production is great and has a wide range that allows Fashawn to explore a large variety of songs and emotions. Energy levels rise and dip appropriately with how the listener should be feeling and helps to create a very cohesive listening experiance. There is not a whole lot that can be critiscised about the beats on thois project as it is clear that Fashawn has a great ear for these things.

The lyricism us clever and enticing to listen to. The wordplay and other lyrical techniques weave a colourful tapestry of imagery that draws you in and really helps to show that Fashawn should be ranked amoung the top lyricists. Again, there is not a whole lot to criticise. Possibly, some more positive tracks could be thrown in but that is pretty much it.

The features are also enjoyable and show how well Fashawn’s style blends with others to create great tracks. A combination of big names and people he has good chemistry with helps to make some great guest verses and some standout tracks. Maybe some more experimental features would better showcase Fashawn’s rapping ability but his choices here are all good choices.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project as well as educational to the listener. Fashawn does a great job putting this album together and if it is an indicator of things to come, he could have a very successful future in the rap game.

Nipsey Hussle – Mailbox Money Review

This is another good mixtape from another great up and comer. Nipsey Hussle has spent the last year learning from his “Crenshaw” release and has put together another project with the same amount of promise.

The production is good and provide a good canvas for Nipsey to rap over, but it could do with more ups and downs. While the beats are good it is mostly of one tone and can become dull. If it switched up during the play through, it would make each song more enticing to listen to. However they are still enjoyable songs.

The lyricism is good and is present on every track. Nipsey demonstrates a good understanding of the formula to make a successful song and uses a lot of rap techniques for his words to be appealing to the Hip Hop audience who enjoy wordplay. The main issue is Nipsey’s inability to change up his own flow. With some pitch or tempo changes he would be a great rapper instead of a good rapper.

The features are great and bring a lot to the project. With the production being on mostly the same tone and Nipsey using the same pitch in his rapping, a new voice on a track is very refreshing. Each puts in a good verse and, with the extra diversity they bring to the tracklisting, it makes a very enjoyable listen.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen and another good project to add to Nipsey’s catalogue. With some slight variation out of Nipsey’s comfort zone would turn this from a good mixtape to a great one.