The Heatmakerz, Joell Ortiz and Fred the Godson – Gorilla Glue Review

This release shoes some great skills from everyone involved, but it is missing something to make it a stand out project. While everyone does everything right, the tracks don’t blend together to make a truly cohesive listen.

The production is great. The Heatmakerz continue to make great beats which do fit the atmosphere for the song, but not perfectly. While all the backings are enjoyable and with some interesting samples, for such a short project by today’s standards, it feels too unfocused for a full listen through.

The lyricism is incredible with both Joell and Fred continuing to put forth clever lines and hard hitting bars to great effect. While Ortiz sounds the more comfortable of the two, both don’t miss a step. Hopefully Fred and Joell will continue to push each other to new heights, either on their solo work or on more joint projects.

The features are good, but not totally necessary. This is quite a short project and with two rappers already headlining, the addition of more voices could take from their own performance. That being said, the guests showcase their own skills and show why they are to be remembered.

Overall, individual performances make the songs great, but the release falls a little flat overall. The backings need to be a little more gritty and in your face in order to exacerbate the performances and take it to the next level.

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Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don Review

This is a good release with Kool G Rap making a lot of clever decisions to increase replay ability. Shortened songs and great guests help elevate this even higher.

The production is fantastic with MoSS providing good backdrops for each track, and creating a good atmosphere. There are similar elements in each song, but they are still individual. Maybe something a little further from the formula would show the artists in another light, but MoSS has provided songs that allow the vocalists to excel at what they do.

The lyricism is clever with Kool G Rap using his delivery to add more impact to his rhymes. The bars might not be the most complex, however they do carry a lot of weight and land hard with the listener. Some change in flow might help separate out Kool’s performances, but the guests also help to do that so it is not the biggest issue.

The features are great and do a good job of pushing this project forward. Each puts in an amazing verse that helps push Kool G Rap onto further greatness as well as showing that they are at the top of their respective games. With some rap legends keeping their names alive on here, the artists here are a great selection to have on any project.

Overall, this is another release from a veteran that could teach newer artist how to make music with longevity. With plenty of replay value, this is definitely worth a few listens.