A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Review

This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.

The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.

The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.

The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.

Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.

Master P – Empire, From The Hood To Hollywood Review

This album does have some great tracks on it but is disfigured by its use of autotune and radio style backings. Master P says he remembers where he comes from but the majority of tracks on here could indicate otherwise.

The production is enjoyable but does not have that raw energy that the more street side needed to give it that authentic edge. The more hollywood side has the right atmosphere and sound but it does not have the balance the listener is looking for. That is the only issue with the beats however.

The lyricism is alright with some highlights, but there is a lot of mediocre rhymes in there as well. The verses tend to be above average and really help get the point across, but the hooks are very repetitive and get dull quite quickly. Some more flexibility in the formula could make some more interesting moments.

The features do a good job of fleshing out the project but lack the flair to really spur it onward to further greatness. Each does have an alright verse but there are no standout performers that really shake up the album. Maybe more of a range of guests could make some more memorable moments.

Overall, this album shows that Master P can still make music but it is not of the game changing calibre that was expected. While not slouching, maybe Master P has peaked musically.

Onoe Caponoe – Voices From Planet Catelle Review

This is a bizarre sounding project where some of it is brilliant but is let down by the delivery over production. Where Onoe sometimes blends into the backing too well and the beat takes over is where the problems lie. Onoe needs to be a more dominant force.

The production is experimental to say the least. Where Big K.R.I.T used a space theme, he used smoother sounds than this to craft his album. Onoe’s theme translated into a conglomerate of strange space age sounds and patterns in the music that would not normally be entertaining. The beats are love it or hate it types of deals.

The lyricism is alright but the delivery lets it down. Onoe’s words carry some weight and there is some clever lyricism but the performance lacks passion and doesn’t hit as hard as it could. With a stronger delivery , Onoe could have had a much stronger project.

The features are strange as on first listen, you can barely distinct them from the backing. However they do help expand the listening experience by adding extra depths to each track and helping expand the message of each song.

Overall, this is an enjoyable first listen but after that it is very much a sense of personal taste. There are no defining factors that say this is a great project but as it is so experimental it is difficult to see how there would be. If you have enjoyed Onoe Caponoe in the past, then this may be a good choice for you.