Wale – SHINE Review

This is a solid release from Wale and shows a bit more growth from the artist. The softer tones and choice of instrument help give this a more connecting tone than the party anthems that pop music has become.

The production is magnificent and sets the tone for the whole album. Each beat is not overbearing, so you can hear the artists on the tracks, while being melodic and uplifting in the background. Maybe something a little brasher could help give a more complete release, but the selection works well in this case.

The lyricism is strong and the easy delivery makes it easy to listen to. Wale has a masterpiece way of rapping, every word flowing easily together and the wordplay being descriptive and relevant. Something a bit more aggressive may show more sides to Wale, but there are definitely no issues with his performance here.

The features help to add another level of cohesion to this project, while showcasing others abilities. Each guest does a good job of showing how good their writing is and it is a good blend of stars as well as up and comers. The balance of singers to rappers is also pretty good which helps lead to a diverse listen through.

Overall, this is an enjoyable fifty six minutes that shows Wale is keeping his skills sharp. Mayback Music Group is having a strong year so far.

Raekwon – The Wild Review

This is a great release from Raekwon, because it is simply him making music he wants to make, and not trying to horseshoe in artists that are popular but might not fit in with the song. This is a much smarter and smoother project than some will give Raekwon credit for.

The production is amazing with some good range and a lot of smooth transitions between songs. There are a lot of slowed down beats that compliment Raekwon’s flow perfectly and the jazz influences help make this easy to listen to. This is a smart choice because Raekwon does not always fit on modern trap offerings due to his vocal tone which can blend him away, but the selection on here works beautifully.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic with Raekwon showing that he hasn’t missed a step. There is still incredible wordplay as well as storytelling and almost every other lyrical device. While his delivery is solid and works amazingly for him, it might be interesting to hear Raekwon try to switch his flow a little in places.

The features are smart choices because Raekwon appears to have great chemistry with everyone he works with. He doesn’t simply choose people who are hot right now, he picks artists that fit with the song and the atmosphere of the track. There is some good singing heard too which helps this strike a cohesive balance on a full listen through.

Overall, this is a solid release from one of raps most consistent artists. Raekwon has made another great album and hopefully it gets the recognition it deserves.

G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out Review

This album shows that G-Eazy can rap and do it well, but does not necesserily know the formula to a wining song. Some song chemistry is needed to tie the album together a bit more.

The production is different from the normal with a touch of abnormal patterns and sounds to give the music a dark edge. The songs follow the theme of when things are dakr, but it does need to still be tied together. Some more cohesion between the songs would help this project a lot.

The lyricism is great with G-Eazy easily striding through his rhymes with good and individual delivery. His lyrics are full of different techniques and devices to improve his imagery. Maybe some more changes to flow would help bring this project together.

The features are one of the most cohesive elements of this project as they help show the chemistry G-Eazy can have with other artists. Each has a good verse that helps to push the songs ot new hieghts. Some more variation in the type of guest with maybe more singing would help to show his diversity a bit more.

Overall, this is a great step for G-Eazy as it helps to hone his skills. Maybe on a brighter project, he could show that he can have more variation when it comes to content.