This release does show growth from Westside Gunn as well as a touch more versatility. There is still room to try new things and experiment a little more, but there is no doubt that Gunn is in for big success here.
The production is great, with a lot of haunting backings that Gunn excels over, as well as some softer moments to peel back a few more layers of his psyche. The only issue here is that with the delivery of the main artist, the beats sometimes overpower the lyrics and make it hard to hear. On the other hand, this does prove the backings are strong enough to stand on their own and are a good selection to work with.
The lyricism is great and Westside Gunn really shows why he is a rising star of the rap game. He has a great grasp of strong wordplay which really plays into all his songs. It would be interesting to see more changes in his flow to help make a couple of exciting moments, but his delivery works well for the lyrics he spits.
The features all do a good job of expanding the play through with fresh voices and styles. It is great to see him still working well, and having great chemistry with, his label mates, who all show their own considerable skills. The addition of a few big names in hip hop also shows how Gunn has made connections in the rap world.
Overall, this is a great release from one of the rising lyricists in hip hop. Westside Gunn should take all this experiance forward as he prepares for his first major label debut.
This album is an unfortunate combination of low vocal tones and over bearing backing beats that can make this difficult to hear. Guilty Simpson does a good job but needed to be stronger over the background.
The production is good and has plenty going on for it to stand on its own two feet. There is plenty of layers to make it powerful and heavy hitting. The beats came across as overpowering however, which makes Guilty Simpson become more of a background item on the project. Making the backing more in the background would make this a more enjoyable listen.
The lyricism is enjoyable without being too complex it goes over heads. Guilty uses his signiture tone of voice to make his rhymes have more impact while putting across his points. With plenty of punch behind them, Guilty Simpson has good rhymes, but needed to be more at the forefront of his tracks.
The features bring a lot of extra dimensions to thier tracks by adding depth and additional voices. They each put in a great deal of effort that helps showcase thier talents. Some more features with more singing talent or from further from the rap game could have made some more enjoyable moments but the people on this project do a good job helping out the main artist.
Overall, This album is enjoyable to listen to if you can seek out Guilty Simpson’s rhymes from the beats that simply ride over the top. If you can do that, you willlove this album.
This is a great project that combines Ghostface’s signiture style with the haunting production he does so very well with. If the chemistry on this project is anything to go by, we can expect great things from this pairing in the future.
The production is full of beats that sound like they use the same idea behind Wu-Tang Clan’s original album. If you modernised the backings on those tracks, you get an idea of what to expect on this album. With that sort of stand out beat to work with, The duo do a great job making a great project.
The lyricism is classic Ghostface and does not disappoint. He does a great job keeping the tracks at a pure Hip Hop level at its most entertaining. The lyricism may not be the most complex out there, but it is vivid imagery that is painted and makes a good listen.
The features are also good and help bring a level of diversity to the project. Each is different from Ghostface and shows that he works well with a range of other rappers. The kind of chemistry shown on this project is fantastic and should be an example to others in the rap game.
Overall, this is a good project and an enjoyable listen through. If you are a fan of Ghostface already, you will love this album. If you aren’t, then this should make you one.