Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice Review

This release shows that despite his recent legal troubles, Freddie Gibbs can still make entertaining music. This release may be compact but it has great repay value.

The production is great with a lot of dark sounds to fit with the theme of the project. Each might have similar aspects, however none of them feel like formulaic which helps the level of cohesion on the release. Maybe something lighter would give the listeners something to move around to, but this is clearly designed to be a brooding project.

The lyricism is solid with a good variations in delivery and flow to help keep things feeling fresh. The wordplay is enjoyable but can become a little slurred in the faster sections. Maybe a bit more emphasis on the annunciation of the words could help make this a little less work to listen to.

Overall, with no features to steal any of the spotlight, Freddie Gibbs has made a great release. It will be interesting to see where his career heads next.

DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.

The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.

The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.

Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.

Freddie Gibbs – Shadow Of A Doubt Review

This album is great if you like a darker side of rap music with the raw power that Gibbs can provide. He uses his skills to craft an album that lives in the shadows with few skirmishes to anything sunny.

The production is good with the right atmosphere for the message of the track. There are a lot of dark sounds and noises that help lend itself to wards the album title and help make the project feel cohesive with the theme. With the aim of the album in mind, there are no real issues with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is great with Freddie Gibbs using a rapid flow to cram in his lyrical genius. He uses a lot of different techniques to keep his rhymes sh and interesting. Maybe a few more changes in delivery could have made for some more memorable moments but there are no real issues with his efforts on this album.

The features do a good job of having a point of comparison for Gibbs and making him push himself. Each has a good performance that shows that they have what it takes to be a good rapper as well. Maybe some singing guests could have shown that Gibbs can work with more than one type of musician, but it is difficult to show where they would fit in this project.

Overall, this is a great album if you enjoy the darker side of rap and personal struggles. Freddie Gibbs does well to make a project that is dark and entertaining.

Apolla Brown – Grandeur Review

This album is a great listen through for a more settled down scene that is filled with passion. Apollo provides a great backing that never overpowers the rhymes and chooses those who fit in with his style very well.

The production is smooth and captures the essence of the song perfectly. Most seem to have a more old school feel as they dont rely on alien noises to make them appealing to the young generation. They are more substantial and soothing than that. Apolla puts across his beats well, with enough variation to show he is not stuck to one formula.

The features are good and reflect the style Apollo puts across very well. Each brings a lot of effort and pride with thier rhymes to make the tracks they are on shine out. A lot of them have worked with Apollo before and that shows in the chemistry of thier songs. There are no real issues with the guest selection on here, but Apollo may want to look into people further away from the genre to create even more of a buzz.

Overall, this is a great listen and a fantastic showcase for Apollo Brown’s beats. The way his backings works combined with the selected features molds an album that works well for everyone involved.

Verbel Kent – Anesthesia Review

This album shows a great deal of skill and some good choices for what to rap over. Verbel Kent does a great job of writing his rhymes as well as crafting the songs as a whole.

The production is very choice and is exactly what Verbel Kent needed to showcase his skills to the best of his ability. The beats do not overpower Kent while filling in the spaces where he is not rapping. A few more variations in energy levels and types of backing could lead to some more interesting moments, but the selection here does a really great job of propelling Verbel Kent to success.

The lyricism is great and makes the tracks interesting to listen to. Kent puts together rhymes that are complex without going over the listeners head and this makes the descriptive nature of the songs even better than it first appears. There are no immediate issues with the lyricism on this project, lets hope he can keep it up.

The features are great and help show that Kent can work well with others. Each of them put a lot of effort into thier verses or hooks which really builds the album up to new heights. A few more singing guests could add a new dimension but the way this is put together means that Kent wants to show his own skills and does well at doing that.

Overall, this album is great to listen to and every element is enjoyable. Verbel Kent has crafted a great project that will appeal to appeal to every audiance of Hip Hop.