This release shows that both artists and lyrically talented, but the theme of the album is never truly explored. Both artists have come a long way from their roots, but show they have never forgotten where they came from and how they have grown.
The production is great with the help of some of the friends they have picked up on the way. Every beat works very well to create the atmosphere needed to enhance the message of the songs. With the variation of messages possibly throwing off the cohesiveness of this project overall, the backings really help with the songs individually.
The lyricism is obviously incredible. Both Fabolous and Jadakiss are known for their wordplay and flow, and they both exploit those facts to cement their work here. However the title of this album does not carry throughout the project and detracts from what listeners think the album is about.
The features help throw something different in the mix but it does not always feel natural. While some are amazing and really click together, a few sound like they don’t really have the same level of chemistry. On the other hand, on a full listen through, the album plays great with the fresh voices.
Overall, this is a great release, even if it is not exactly what it is described to be. Fabolous and Jadakiss might not be so well known to the newer generation, but their skills are sharp as ever.
This is an enjoyable place holder from YG but it doesn’t reach the heights of his previous releases. However, it is a good reminder that YG is still a strong presence in hip hop.
The production is pure modern west coast, with plenty of bounce and rhythm to pull the momentum through. There is no doubting the energy in this but maybe it could do with some more slow songs for more impacting messages. On the other hand, YG knows what he works well with as on this selection he makes some good music to bump to.
The lyricism is not the most complex but the variations in flow and delivery help to create tracks that are memorable and catchy. YG sticks to his roots with content as there is less political charge in this release. He does a great job but it is a shame to see him being less of a voice of the people and growing slower as an artist.
Overall, this is entertaining for the listener, if a little bit of a rehash of older songs. YG has had a strong year and will hopefully continue to speak out for others as he has on songs in the past.
This is a built up, bigger version of the mixtape that recently released. Fabolous takes those releases and adds even more great tracks to further secure his spot as one of the greats out of New York.
The production is a mixture of old and new while all being able to give a great background for Fabolous. All of the beats have significance to New York and are well known to a large portion of the Hip Hop community. The selection of beats on this project are Ideal for Fabolous and he has chosen them wisely.
The lyricism is fantastic and shows that Fabolous is still a great lyricist and rapper. He weaves a lot of lyrical techniques into his rhymes that really show his creativity as well as the complexity that rappers can achieve. There is not a lot to comment on when it comes to improvement as Fabolous appears to be helping lead the way on how raps should be written.
The features all do a good job of supporting Fabolous on a lyrical front as well as helping build New York up. They each bring great effort in which helps keep this cohesive. A few more features that will help to push Fabolous’ further into greatness by making him test himself would be great, however there are no problems with what has taken place on this album.
Overall, this album is not for those looking for a production heavy listen. Instead this is for the lyrically inclined who enjoy hearing what the rapper is saying and how cleverly he is saying it and Fabolous does not disappoint.
This is a daring project to take Hip Hop back to a more lyrically focused time and Fabolous does a great job doing it. The fact that the production is all from previous songs makes this even more challenging for him but he takes it all in his strides.
The production is excellent, although not new. Most of the beats may have an old times feel, but each comes from a classic track that makes Fabolous compete for the best verse. It would be nice, even though he recently released a new album, to hear some fresher production but he works well with the backings on these songs.
The lyricism is excellent and there are few ways for it to improve. Fabolous crams every track with an assortment of lyrical techniques that improve the impact of each bar as well as the imagery. His laid back delivery can sometimes make it feel like he is not really trying but the way he structures his rhymes helps to show his passion.
The features all do a great job and all help build the lyrical ability on this project. All of them are lyrically adept and showcase their own ability while somehow boosting Fabolous to new lyrical heights. While this mixtape needed the lyrically able, it may be interesting to see Fabolous work with some artist further afield from his own ability.
Overall, this is a great mixtape because it doesn’t rely on the production to carry it. All the production is from previous songs by other artists and Fabolous simply takes it to show that he is still one of the best to do it.