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.
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.