This is an energetic release reminiscent of the first Ransom project, but there is a certain amount of formula that is clear in each of the tracks. While the production from Mike WiLL is fantastic, what each artists does with it all seems to lead down the same path, with a few exceptions.
The production is phenomenal, with Mike WiLL creating trap beats that may seem similar, but all have different aspects that makes each individual. In a few cases it seems like there is a base guideline rather than an organic blooming to his creative process, but it still yields some great results. Maybe seeing what he can do outside the trap sub-genre could be an interesting challenge for the producer.
The features on this project are exactly what you would expect to find on songs from a producer as big as Mike WiLL. A stream of A-List rappers as well as fresh up-and-comers helps show a great level of respect for the producer here. It is a shame that so many come from the same vein of writing and delivery, but individually, they all still have good performances.
Overall, this is another release from an exceptional producer that proves he deserves the money and respect he is given. Only time will tell if he will attempt to branch out and attempt to work with a wider pool of talent.
This album has a more slowed down feel than a lot of rap albums that are coming out recently and it gives much more time to actually listen to what he is saying. Large Professor has crafted an album that could fit into several eras of Hip Hop which is very refreshing to hear.
The production is excellent and gives the Large Professor plenty of scope for content. Each beat is individual and while the songs dont run into each other, it is not a solid block between them. A few more modern age beats could show that Large Professor is trying to appeal to a new generation, but this music is still very appealing to all demographics.
The lyricism is good but not as enticing as it could have been. There is some great similies and some good wordplay but he mostly relies on his messages to carry each track. As long as he has been doing this, he may want to try and up the complexity of his rhymes to keep it interesting.
The features are good as they are diverse enough from Large Professor to keep it interesting, but not so different that they sound out of place. Each puts in good effort to thier verses which helps the project stay cohesive. A few more features that push Large Professor to new areas of Hip Hop, but he has definately put together some good guests on this.
Overall, this is a throwback project that speaks to a lot of different audiances in the rap game. Large Professor does a great job keeping his message on point and crafting a project good enough so that people don’t forget him.