King Magnetic – Everything Happens 4 A Reason Review

This is a strong release from King Magnetic with a lot of replay ability. There is plenty of aggression and energy to help make this an entertaining listen.

The production is great with a lot of easy listening combined with haunting sounds to help punctuate King Magnetic’s messages. The beats flow together very well and help make this a cohesive full listen through. Maybe something a little more pop based could bring in a few more listeners, however King Magnetic knows who his music is aimed at at works well for that demographic.

The lyricism is good, but not fantastic. King Magnetic has a strong delivery that helps boost the impact of his wordplay, but a lot of the punch lands in the themes in the music. There is a chance that some more complex wordplay would help boost the level of detail, but might have lost the impact of the message.

The features are a good selection as they sound like they have chemistry with King Magnetic which always translates into better songs. Each has a style that compliments Magnetics own and helps make better verses for everyone. Maybe some singers could give a little more depth, but this is a great selection of guests.

Overall, this is a rock solid release that is a good addition to King Magnetic’s catalogue. With some aggressive songs and a few softer ones, everyone should give this album a try and more will like it than they might expect.

G Herbo – Strictly 4 My Fans Review

This is a nice addition to G Herbo’s discography as it is personnal and passionate which resonates with the listener. More projects like this should be released, but with a touch more cohesiveness.

The production is strong with a lot of hard hitting notes punctuating the beats. There is a type of backing that G Herbo seems to lean towards but he works very well with it. Some variation wouldn’t go amiss to help make this feel more cohesive and not like more of the same, but there is still a solid entertainment factor.

The lyricism is good with a strong and aggressive delivery helping to make them even more enjoyable. The rhymes are clever but not so complex that they are not understood which is a great level of lyricism to be at. G Herbo could still tighten up his flow with the beats slightly, but he has a great performance here.

Overall, with the one feature helping show some level of chemistry with others in the hip hop world, this is good work from G Herbo. If he can show a bit more diversity with his beat selection and with his flow, he could make a real success out of next year.

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Review

This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.

The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.

The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.

The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.

Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.

2 Chainz – Hibachi For Lunch Review

This project is more of the same from 2 Chainz, but he does do them well. Chainz makes energetic and repetitive music that gets stuck in the listeners head and is entertaining, if nothing else.

The production is bouncy and inspires movement when being listened to. Each beat has similarities, but not enough so they get confused into one big mess. Maybe some more diversity could help further this mixtape, but Chainz has selected backings that give him a plenty of space to do what he does.

The lyricism is to the point and relies on delivery but it effective. The rhymes are punchy but don’t contain a lot of complexity and this helps it appeal to all listeners. Some more complicated bars would not have gone amiss but Chainz knows what his fans want to hear.

Overall, with the features on this mixtape adding a little diversity, this is a good romp through some formulaic 2 Chainz tracks, but it would be great to see Chainz trying something a little different. Maybe on the next one.

Nino Man – Hungry For Success 2 Review

This is an enjoyable album with a good balance of emotion to party. Nino Man does a great job showing a softer side while keeping the tougher street one.

The production is good and works well with Nino’s style of rap. There is a good mixture of older and modern beats with a blend of high and low tempo. There are no real problems with beat selection here. Nino has done well here.

The lyricism is good and helps to make each song more entertaining. There are moments of greatness but also some more average moments that don’t reflect how talented Nino is. Maybe a few more technical aspects could be added more frequently, but if he continues like this, Nino will be a top lyricist.

The features are good and show that Nino has some Hip Hop power on his side. Each brings a good verse and really ups the star quality of the mixtape. Maybe more features could have made some more interesting tracks, however the chance to showcase his own ability was a solid choice.

Overall, this is a good project for any listener of Hip Hop. If he can build up off of what he has done with this, Nino Man could have a very fruitful career in rap.

Skyzoo – Music For My Friends Review

This is a great album for the more emotional listener who enjoys those connections to the artist. Skyzoo forges that connection early in the first track and rides it all the way through the project to make it seem like your there with him.

The production is good with plenty of scope for Skyzoo to pour his soul in. There are mostly more layed back beats with a few more uptempo moments which allow for the more emotional moments that Skyzoo requires for the theme. A couple more energetic songs could have made a project more accessible for the masses, but this intimate album is great for real Hip Hop listeners.

The lyricism is great with above average wordplay and fantastic imagery. This all helps to bring the listener into the stories and makes the collection of feelings and tales into more of a journey. Taking this lyrical ability to more universal offerings would make Skyzoo a wider known rapper, but to be able to tell these stories in such depth are great.

The features are good, helping with the story telling aspect. The cohesive nature of the guests makes the tracks all flow together and make the album smooth and not jarred together. A few more guests with more ofa singing ability could add an extra dimension to the album, but there are no problems with the selection.

Overall, this is a good project if your willing to delve into the emotional pool that Skyzoo puts forth. What he has on here, he has crafted very well and should look at making more tracks like this.

Chief Keef – Sorry For The Weight Review

This is an alright project if you already like Keef but he doesn’t bring anything new to the table. This project that is full of generic content as well as skits that is essentially just Chief Keef trying to justify himself about his music and lifestyle.

The production is all basic and generic, with nothing to really grab your attention. Trap beats litter this project, but not the polished and enjoyable kind. This production is full of dirty bass that reverberates the whole room, but without the rest of the components to make it enjoyable.

The lyricism is alright, and possible slightly above average, but is so unenjoyable due to delivery and content that it may as well not be there. The lyrical techniques used are not creative or new and instead they just seem to be more colourful ways of saying the same things over and over through all the tracks.

The features do add a little to the mixtape, but at twenty long songs, they fall through the cracks and become very forgettable. Each does put in a good effort and can make the songs they are on more enjoyable, but they are few and far between. This does not show that Keef can put together a good project as far as the tram is concerned.

Overall, this is not a great project as far as aspects of Hip Hop is concerned. There is nothing ground breaking about this project and Keef puts everyone through mediocre tracks. He has a lot to work on if he plans on releasing anything to get into the mainstreams view.

Jae Millz – For The Win EP Review

This is a short and cohesive project from a rapper the world is waiting to hear a studio album from. Millz does very well to keep this to a theme and to craft tracks around it while keeping it very entertaining and enjoyable.

The production is good while fitting with the atmosphere on each track. The feel of each beat works very well with the message of each track and is kept to a god length so as not to become boring. With a short project like this, that is a crucial feature to making it a great project instead of a mediocre one.

The lyricism is good with Jae using his old battle rapper days to help build his skills in rap to help make his imagery more vivid and enjoyable. The wordplay is very strong and distinctive with Jae’s delivery boosting the impact of the bars on the listener, it helps to make the tracks even more enjoyable.

The features are very good and help show that Jae Millz does very well when mixed with others on a track. Both Styles P and Dave East do great at helping Jae make one great track on this short project thatis very cohesive and blends well with the rest of the project.

Overall, this is a great listen and is a good effort from Jae Millz but he needs to start working on a full studio album. This is another good showcase of what Jae is capable of and it is about time that he releases a feature length project that will get his name into households everywhere.