The Lox – Filthy America…It’s Beautiful Review

This release starts off strong with all three members having strong verses, but some safe choices later can make a full listen through disappointing. Some of the more mainstream options takes this edge off this gritty album that could have been solid without them.

The production is good with the right atmosphere on every track helping to make this have more of an impact. While some of the beats are perfect for the group, the attempt to seem more radio friendly makes the group seem like they are trying to grow their audience. However by doing this they may have lost some of the core group that liked their old stuff. By sticking to what they know, they may have created a more cohesive project.

The lyricism is fantastic with all three members trying hard to be the best. They also try hard at the performance aspect with their individual delivery making the tracks stand out slightly. On the downside, the hooks are not as hard hitting as the verses and can be repetitive in places. While there are no major works to be done, this is not a totally smooth ride.

The features are the weakest part of this release because they don’t necessarily fit with the style of the group. While none do particularly badly, some do not gel with the chemistry of the group and sound a little out of place. Some singers would have been a better way to show the softer side than radio attempts.

Overall, this is an enjoyable release if you can sit through the few rough patches. Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss should be proud of their individual performances as well as how they work as a team.

Fetty Wap – Zoovier Review

This is a lot more of the same from Fetty Wap, which is a shame because he could have used his quick gotten fame to grow as an artist, but has settled into a rut of formula music instead. He can still make catchy tracks, but how long until people realise it is the same track over and over.

The production is all energetic and bouncy, but becomes stale over the course of nineteen tracks. While if you picked a handful, it would be good music to exercise to, it becomes mere noise in the background because there are so many similarities between the beats. Some more variety in the selection would go a long way.

The lyricism is good at first, but it soon seems to become a paint by numbers scenario. Fetty Wap doesn’t use complex wordplay, but seems to rely on his delivery and autotune to make an impact. Some improvement in his rhymes might open his releases to a larger audience.

The guests help break up the autotune of Wap but are still similar to him in rhyme style. Some help elevate the level of wordplay, but still seems to rely on the beats and performance factor. It is a shame but seems to be the direction the rap game is headed in.

Overall, this is good if you can pick out a few you enjoy, but so much of it is filler music and it goes on for so long, that it is not always an enjoyable listen through. Hopefully Fetty Wap can break out of his comfort zone to make some more interesting music.

Kid Ink – Summer In The Winter Review

This album is exactly what the title indicates with all the summer vibes it needs to make you forget it is Winter. With plenty of DJ Mustard’s signiture style to generate energy, if your missing warmer weather then this is the project for you.

The production is fantastic with DJ Mustard using his immense talent to pour a lot of great beats into this project. Each is still individual without running together while giving scope for a range of content to be explored. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is good with Kid Ink using his ability to explore different techniques to enhance his writing. He tries a few different ways to make his imagery and the impact of his words improved but they sometimes fall short of the mark. While never by much it does influence the tracks and how they play out.

The features help to flesh out the project some more so that Kid Ink does not become stale on a full listen through. Each brings in an entertainment factor that plays well with the production and helps to make the project more cohesive. A few more singers could have made a few more interesting combinations, but the guest selection here works well.

Overall, this project is great for remembering the past summers and looking forward to the future ones. Kid Ink has crafted a project that fits its objective perfectly.

Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC Review

This album has a lot of what Ty has already showcased on, but the greatness is in its variety and vocal range of tracks. Ty uses a lot of different backings and stretches his voice to new notes to make this project work.

The production is very diverse with some almost country beats mixed in with the pop and club ones. The range of beats on here allows Ty to give a glimpse of the different genres his talent could extent to. Blending them together into this one album makes for a great listening experiance with no real issues for the beats.

The lyricism is not complex or complicated but as Ty is more of a singer than rapper, this is not the most important thing. The actual singing is impressive with his signiture voice and style being effective to enhance the impact of the words. Ty shows he is good at what he does and that he will keep being good at it.

The features do a great job of fleshing out the album with new voices. With Ty singing, each of the features carries the rap portion of the album and does a good job of carrying the burden. While not on every track, they really help make the project be more cohesive and entertaining.

Overall, this album is great for listening through in the background, its biggest problem being content. It is a lot of well trodden ground but with a fresh new crooner at the helm.

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot Review

This album is good if you like the highly energized rap music that pumps out of mainstream radio these days. If you prefer something deeper or more lyrical, there are other options out there for you.

The production is good with plenty of different types of energetic beats, but there are no slow moments. This works fine for the basis of this album as it is DJ led, but should be avoided elsewhere. A few more diverse backings could do well to show that DJ Khaled does not follow a formula, but the concept of this album works for his purpose.

The features all do a good enough job to make the songs enjoyable but there is not a lot of substance. Each guest puts effort into thier verses, but with the same people recurring multiple times doing the same thing, can become stale. Maybe some more variation in guest selection could create some more interesting moments, but at least the songs are not totally boring.

Overall, you will probably like a few songs on this but a full listen through may not be as entertaining to everyone as it might seem. DJ Khaled does show that he can still put together a project however.

Chedda Da Connect – Chedda World “The Album” Review

This album has his hit single, but then throws a bunch of similar sounding songs into the mix that bring very little desire at all to the project. Chedda needs ot show he can make more than one song.

The production is trap based which works well if combined with other types in a listen through. however while others manage to know when there is a point to change it up, Chedda keeps hammering away hoping it sounds different each time. The beats need to be more differentiated to be more effective.

The lyricism is repetitive and is simply treading already torn up ground. There is nothing new about what he is rapping about and he is not even putting a new spin on it. It comes across as he is not even trying to have longevity, but simply wants a pay check. He needs ot try harder if he wants to keep getting pay checks.

The features do a good job of breaking up the monotony of Chedda and his rhymes. Each tries harder than Chedda which is clear in the tracks and has an above average performance. Some features further away from the trap section of Hip Hop may have some more interesting results.

Overall, this is a poor album with one type of song that happened to be a hit. One good song does not a good album make.

Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap Review

This album is a collection of songs that have a base in Hip Hop but with plenty of pop influence. Fetty Wap has made an album with rap content but that a lot of audiances can enjoy.

The production is very enthralling, using a very high level of energy to keep the listener pumped up. A lot of the beats posess the same properties that can make them seem similar but there are subtle differences that mean they dont get stale to listen through. Some more attempts at different styles of rap could show that Fetty Wap has a more well rounded potential, but as his career is just taking off, it is fair to assume that he may grow into different areas later.

The lyricism is good and helps to keep the purer Hip Hop listeners interested. Fetty uses a select range of techniques to keep his imagery sharp, but he relies mostly on his delivery which is unfortunately autotune tainted. While this is good in portions, it can dull the impact of the words over this long project, at twenty tracks.

The features do a good job but don’t do enough to stand out from Fetty Wap as he overrides every song. Fetty does not seem to have a very deep bench despite bing a great feature to have. He only has two features, one who appears nine times over the twenty tracks. They do an alright job but it is difficult to seperate them from the main artist.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album but is not a pure to Hip Hop. if you like a pop influence with some street content, this is the perfect project for you however.