The Game – The Documentary 2 Review

This is a great album to listen to as it contains a lot of what makes the west coast great in it. Game shows that he is still one of the top rappers out there and uses a great group to make that happen.

The production is fantastic. A protege of one of the best producers of all time picks some great beats to use while keeping his individual flavour over them. There are no problems with what Game has selected to use on this project as he knows exactly what will work for him.

The lyricism is great and while is not the absolute best, is heads and shoulders above the average. Game shows that artists can still be lyrical while using street content and experiances for added spice. There are no real issues with his vocals on this, especially with his almost unique flow to enhance his actual words.

The features are good and help to embelish the tracks. All the guests do the job they need to allow each song to stand out while each feature showcases what they are able to do on thier own. Maybe some people further from Hip Hop could make some more interesting moments, but these features do a really good job.

Overall, this album is great from almost every perspective. Where Game goes from here is a mystery as he is very near the top as it is.

Straight Outta Compton Film Review

While this is not the usual review that goes up on here, this film is very important to the culture and how Hip Hop has evolved over time.

This movie is extremely emotive and shows a lot of hardships that the group had to go through for what they believed. It covers everything from the formation of the group to the aftermath of Eazy-E’s death. It shows the obstacles that each individual has to overcome and on top of that, it shows the struggles of every day life as a young black man in America at the time.

The cinematography is amazing and makes the scenes very vivid and makes the whole thing seem much more personnal to the watcher. The casting and acting is fantastic which helps the movie seem serious and give the impression of watching the actual events.

The messages come across loud and clear to help bring the issues of the time back to mind and show how there is still a lot of room for change. It shows how different people were treated so outragously based on things like the colour of thier skin or other such things. Bringing this back to the forefront of people’s mind shows that a lot of things still need to change, especially when taking into account the controversy surrounding the police and other law enforcement.

There are a lot of iconic scenes in the movie, both from NWA and America at the time. Some are of great moments and other of much lower points. All are important to what happened to the group as well as how events unfolded in the country around them.

The music is of course as near to perfect as it could possibly be. With a lot of classics slipped in to show how the artists moved forward, there are also some new songs used for great effect as well as still showing that the artists are still growing.

Overall, this film has a lot of elements that will appeal to a wide audiance even if you don’t have any particular interest in the music. This is a must see for a lot of people and there will be others who will considerate it a good look, but everyone should watch this to help understand what some people go through and why it needs to change.

Anderson .Paak – Venice Review

This album is a great tasting palette for how Venice California could seem, and brings a lot of potential to this album. Anderson Paak uses his talents to bring the landscape to life.

The production is really amazing as there is a smooth sound that runs throughout the all the songs while having a different atmosphere and energy level on each track. This really helps to give Anderson the platform to shine from. Maybe a few songs with a grittier feel could show that Anderson has a bigger emotional range that he is showing, but the beat selection on this works for a project.

The lyricism is not complex but is backed by passion. Anderson uses his musical tones to gently get his point across while keeping it entertaining. Possibly a few more rap style moments rather than the singing could make this appeal more to the Hip Hop audiance, however this still lands increadibly well with the listener.

The choice to have one feature is good considering projects that Anderson has featured on recently. It would be too easy to bring some of that talent over to get the project more attention, but the one feature does a great job and Anderson is left to really make people hear his skills on the project.

Overall, this album is great to listen to and is very enjoyable. Anderson .Paak should be very proud of what he has put together.

Dr Dre – Compton Review

This album is crafted to perfection and Dr Dre has made a fantastic listening experiance. It may not be for everyone, but fans of real Hip Hop will adore what has been made here.

The production is flawless with easy transitions and the tracks have an atmosphere that fits perfectly with what they are trying to perpetrate. The beats are smooth and cohesive, allowing the story of Compton to flow easily to the listener. There are no issues with this selection and there should not be with Dr Dre being as talented as he is.

The lyricism is great as it ranges from incredibly intricate to passionate and emotional. While Dr Dre openly admits to not writing all his rhymes, his delivery and the power he puts behind them really land the meaning deep with a lot of impact. For some of the audiance, the fact Dr Dre did not write all of it could tarnish it for them, however he conducts his feelings through them accurately and powerfully.

The features are a huge part of this projectand help to make this a milestone in the rap game. There are a core group who appear repetively and consistently put a lot of effort and pleasure into the tracklist. The other guests all do a really excellent job of putting across thier feeling of genorosity towards how Dre has shaped thier career and that translates into thier rhymes. There were absolutely no problems with the feature selection here.

Overall, Dr Dre has once again shown that his level of ability and experiance in Hip Hop have allowed him to make a really amazing album. It may not be Detox, but from what the public have heard, this is much more personnal.

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly Review

This project aims higher than his debut but Kendrick Lamar but it is not quite as tied together without the narrative running through. On the other hand, there is a constant theme running through that helps the project with its structure and helps stop it being simply a cluster of tracks.

The production is excellent and does very well to keep each track seperate but flowing together. It would be easy with the running theme to let the tracks run together too much but the project does a great job diversifying every song. Maybe some more variation in the beats to have more higher tempo songs as well as a few low tempo ones to make a slightly more complete project, but it would only be a minor improvement.

The lyricism is exquisite and Kendrick flaunts his talent over every single song. There are few moments where his lyrics are not complex, genius and totally enjoyable. His variation in his delivery and performance help keep the songs interesting and making this a great album to listen to

Overall, this is a fantastic album and Kendrick should be commended on his efforts going into a sophmore album with such high expectations of what to expect. He has taken that pressure and used it to make an album that ticks all the right boxes.

Shady XV – Various Artists Review

The first disc is a well crafted showcase of how the Shady Records roster is prepared to make more hits and the second is a track back at the past records that helped build it up to the powerhouse it is today. Eminem started it up and has kept it rolling through some tough times and a total reboot, but it is in a strong place now and this set of records is a signal that the label is as strong, or stronger than it has ever been.

The production is great, but being a protégé of Dr Dre you pick up an ear for beats. There is a good range of beat type from country to heavy and everything in-between. Each one compliments the message and tone of the track and helps to show the range of songs and backings that the Shady Crew can work with.

The lyricism is clear and present on every track. It becomes even clearer than before that these are some of the top lyricists in the rap game and that they are not to be trifled with. These guys have come to play hardball and they are annihilating almost all other rappers out there. If your a fan of lyricism and wordplay, you have to get this project.

The features are good and show that the group can work well together with an outside influence. As well as working together with them, they also seem to gain a competitive edge and work harder to outdo the feature which creates a sense of the pure nature of Hip Hop as well as creating a great track for the listener.

Overall, this is a fantastic project for both listeners and the performers on it and we can only hope they continue to create tracks of this magnitude. Whether it’s Yelawolf, any member of Slaughterhouse or Eminem, the rest of the Hip Hop world should take heed of whatever they are doing because it is bound to be a success.

Game – Blood Moon: Year of The Wolf Review

This is a fantastic project. It shows a lot of emotional depth as well as moments of fun and is all very cohesive. It is a very well layed out album. The only thing that could be seen as a blessing, in terms of bringing diversity to the album, or a curse in the sense that it detracts from the talent of the lead artist.

The lyricism is fantastic. It is poured on every track and is very good at helping to keep the listener interested in what the artists have to say. This is especially helpful since the album has tendencies to lean on heavy emotions to make powerful tracks. Game is especially adept at the lyricism but even the features have the ability to be lyrical, maybe not to the extent of Game but definitely somewhat.

The production is amazing. As a protégé of Dr Dre, production is very important to Game and he shows it in this near perfect choice of beats. It creates a very personal atmosphere with all its emotional talk and the backing rises and falls with how the listener should be feeling.

The features are many and but do add something to the LP. While Game can sometimes be lost in the sea of other voices, they are good for adding other opinions and reinforcement to the tracks they are featured on. Most of the others on this album are featured several times on different tracks which helps to show how they are good for more than one type of song, helping to build up Game’s imprint.

Overall, this is a great album for all fans of Hip Hop. It has most, if not all, elements of a great rap album and if this is the direction Game is headed in, his next album is going to be even closer to perfect.