This release shows that Fredo knows a little about how to rap and that he can make one song relatively well. However he does not show a complete ability or a balanced project with this.
The production is all trap based with a lot of energy and a lot happening in the background. While this is what Fredo is trying to show here, some diversity goes a long way when done with cohesion, instead of making the same song in different ways. Something softer would show help show the main artist as more of a human being instead of just a drug dealing bad guy.
The lyricism isn’t bad, but the delivery gets boring after a few tracks. Fredo utilises the shout rap style, but without attempting to change his flow or tempo enough to make it effective. The wordplay is good in places but a lot of the entertainment is based on how he puts the word across. Fredo may want to look at changing something every now and again to keep the songs fresh.
The features are good as they help break up the monotony that is Fredo. Each puts in good effort for thier own part to show what they are capable and are one of the only variables on this album that is different from song to song. Maybe trying to vary it a little to include people further from his own group would show he fits well with the rest of the UK rap scene, but the selection on here brings a lot to the release.
Overall, Fredo needs to look at his formula and try to tweak it to appeal to a wider audience. He may rap about how much money he has, but to survive in this industry, he may want to move into more universal content.
This is a great release from one of the up and comers of the UK. Stefflon Don shows a lot of talent as well as potential from the range of tracks on this project.
The production is varied and energetic with a lot of different influences becoming clear. With Jamaican dance hall and UK Grime clear samples, Stefflon Don has a wide base to build on moving forward and has a lot of diversity in this project too. Something slower might show a side that might not be clear on this, but there is definitely every other side bright as day.
The lyricism is strong with an interesting delivery to help boost the impact. The rhymes are clever but not so complicated that they can’t be understood. There are no problems here from Stefflon Don and she should continue to push herself like this.
The features are great with some strong talent helping keep the competition high in this release. The British talent on this shows that the UK has other talent that Stefflon is giving exposure to. All do great efforts and will hopefully continue to work like this.
Overall, this is a fantastic project from a very talented artist. Stefflon Don will go far in the music world if she can continue to bring new flavours to the Hip Hop palette.
This release shows that while he has solid rhymes and a unique voice and flow, repetition can really kill a project. President T needs to try to vary his hooks instead of saying one line loudly over and over.
The production is good and is as aggressive as the main artist. Each beat is strong but fades too far back as President T is too vocal over the top for it to make much impact. A bit more balance between the noise sources could help this sound a bit more cohesive.
The lyricism is good but not incredible. While there is some clever wordplay and his delivery boosts that, there is only so many times any listener can hear how good a rapper is without needing more proof. If he can vary his content more, as well as improve his hooks, then he could have some of the evidence to prove he is as good as he says he is.
The features are one of the best things about this album. Each puts in a nice effort and provides a fantastic point of comparison to President T, showing his strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Some more singers could have brought another dimension to this project, but may not have fit in with President T’s style.
Overall, this is a disappointing release, but it does offer redemption. President T shows the potential to make amazing music, but he is falling short due to his ego and simple loudness.
This album is a good return for Giggs as he shows he is still as capable as ever. He has a range of songs to show he can rap with the best of them.
The production is good because it does not overpower Giggs’ style. Giggs has a unique voice that can make beat selection tricky as he wants to be the focus of the song. On this project he has picked extremely well so he stands out while the backings stay interesting to the listener. An attempt to rap over something a bit less grimy could show a growth to a wider audience but he does well picking these for this project.
The lyricism is clever and not overly complex. Giggs uses his voice as a platform to launch rhymes that are smart but are accessible to most listeners without much strain. Some more changes in flow wouldn’t hurt the project, but he is effective on every song while being enjoyable.
The features help show that Giggs has a strong team around him that are talented and hungry for success. Each does a good job while keeping their individual flavours and being cohesive with others on the songs. Some more singers could have made a bigger impact but the guests work well here with Giggs.
Overall, this is an entertaining listen with a few heartfelt stories to connect with the listener. Giggs should keep this momentum rolling, not just for him but for his label too.