Stormzy – Gang Signs And Prayer Review

This debut is strong with a personal style and flavour, unique to Stormzy. He is such a strong personality that’s shines through everywhere, except where he tries to bend to what he thinks the audience wants.

The production is grimy in a lot of places with some softer touches when the content also softens. The different combinations of beats show that Stormzy can be versatile, but the execution and the way they flow together detracts from the cohesiveness of the project overall. Maybe trying to prove you can do it all is not always the best course to take.

The lyricism is good, with Stormzy utilising a somewhat common rap style, but lifting it to new heights with his delivery and performance factor. His rhymes are tight and use some good skills to tell stories of redemption and religion, which are common themes. Maybe some more of the aggression shown in the hit singles would have made the project people were expecting, but this release actually shows more sides to Stormzy than people were originally interested in.

The features are good and help to show how Stormzy has sparked interest in the rap community. With some big names on here giving some great performances, it is a great oppertunity for Stormzy to see how he stacks up with others. The inclusion of the singing is a nice touch, but doesn’t help with the tough guy image he had built for himself.

Overall, this is a solid debut album from a leader in the new wave of grime artists, but only time will tell if he can stay that way. Stormzy may want to look at balancing his projects out a little more if he wants a more cohesive product.

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Chevy Woods – Gang Shit Only Review

This is another project about generic gang life without much personal addition from the artist. Chevy woods makes this entertaining enough, but it is not a great release.

The production is good with plenty of energy to move things along, but no backing that particularly breaks out from the rest. Each song has the correct atmosphere for the content but seems formulaic on a full listen through. While some beats may be worth a revisit but that is up to your individual taste.

The lyricism is alright¬†with some clever moments, but mostly focusing on his delivery and subject matter. While there is complex wordplay involved there isn’t enough to say this is a lyrical offering. A little more effort on the rhymes could go a long way.

The features are good as they help break up the monotony of one voice. Each does a good job to flesh out the tracks while showing their own skills. A few more singers would bring a little more depth, but the rappers still do good work.

Overall, this is a bit of a disappointing release from Chevy Woods, but should not be discarded straight away. If you enjoy the type of music that is being pumped out, then this could still be worth a try.

Horseshoe Gang – Anti Trap Music Review

This album is great because it is showing a different side of rap than has been broadcast recently. Each member of the group shows how they are lyrically great as well as trying to open the minds of listeners around the world.

The production has a lot of diversity from modern west coast to more old school aggression. Each is done with a strong beat to rap over which lets the group show their abilities. They even use a beat compromised of vocals to show that the backing is not everything. There are no issues with the backings here as they only improve the project.

The lyricism is fantastic with all four members of the group pushing themselves to really push themselves. Every bar is either packed with emotion or stuffed with lyrical devices to make every song land hard with the listener. There are no issues with any of the members here and only great rhymes on the tracks.

The only feature on the project works great because with four members of the group, there is not a lot of space on the tracks that needs filling. The guest is none other than the older brother of all members of the group who helped them build their careers who does not fail to disappear.

Overall, this project is incredible for its messages, clever lyricism and cohesiveness. Everyone involved in this album should be proud of how it has turned out.

Trust Gang – The Trust Tape 2 Review

This is a step up from thier first project and was a very polished result. All the rappers have stepped thier game up and the production is a lot smoother.

The production is moving in the right direction for the group and helps to show that this group knows how to move forward in thier careers. The way the tracks flow together and yet dont blend together is a great feat in itself. Each song has its own feel and atmosphere that helps to show what Trust Gang are capable of. Some more high energy, club beats could help show a little more diversity, however what they have going here is still good.

The lyricism is definately improved as shown by some accapella tracks. The wordplay has become more complex while still making sense to most listeners and the rap techniques are thoroughly ingrained through almost every bar of the mixtape. There aren’t a lot of problems with the lyrics in this project and every member should be commended on thier efforts.

The features are good on this but they do not quite live up to the Trust Gang members performances. They put in good effort but their verses are simply not as enjoyable as the main artists. If they had tried to make themselves stand out more, than this could have improved the tracks they are on.

Overall, this project is a statement that Trust Gang are heading forward in the rap game and know how to make songs that people will want to listen to. If they make some radio ready tracks, then they could really start gaining some traction.

Chevy Woods – Gangland 3 Review

This is a good mixtape if you enjoy the particular brand of track that is Chevy Woods, but it won’t be great at enticing a new audience for the Taylor Gang rapper. It follows a particular formula on every song and this can become repetitive to listen to.

The production is good but can be very repetitive. This is because the same patterns and same types of beat are used but somewhat differentiated to make the backings for Chevy to rap over. If there were more spots of branching out and more chance taking, this may be a more interesting project to listen to.

The lyricism is nothing special while not being a slouch either. There is some clever moments and not a lot of poor, but it is not enough to make this overly appealing to the lyrical audience. While it can be enjoyed, with some more time spent enhancing them and crafting them to a higher level, Chevy could be appealing to a wider audience than the hardcore Taylor Gang guys.

The features all put in verses on the same level as Chevy, but are all too similar to Chevy’s own style to make much of an impact. When listening to the tracks, they can be difficult to distinguish From Chevy and sometimes you wouldn’t know there was a feature if it didn’t say on the track listing.

Overall, this can be an enjoyable listen if seen through the right lenses but if your not a fan of the formula, then this may not be the project for you. However if you hear some and like it, then you will like it all and Chevy will have another fan or keep an existing one.

Trust Gang – The Trust Tape Review

This mixtape has a surprising amount of range when it comes to content and emotions. Before listening, this mixtape was expected to be full of generic drugs and sex songs. However the tracks on this may contain some of that, but with a new approach and some songs that will connect heavily with the listeners emotions to help make this a solid project.

The production is very good with a slight feeling of going back to the boom-bap era of rap music. While there are some newer sounds on this, most of it is kept quite old school and this makes for a very nostalgic listen. Also, the beats are very cohesive and blend well into one another to help make a good listening experience.

The lyricism is alright but not the top aspect of this project. While this mixtape doesn’t slouch when it comes to wordplay, the messages on the tracks come across as more important than the actual words in use. Not to say that fans of lyricism wont enjoy this, but the content is what these songs are for.

Overall, this is a good and enjoyable project ot listen to and has at least a little bit of something for everyone. It is all enjoyable and Trust Gang should be looking to build upon this success.

Hustle Gang – Get Dough or Die 2 Review

This is a nice collection of the same sounding songs that do not fully show the talent on the roster. It is very unfortunate that this is not the standout label roster showcase the G.D.O.D series is intended to be. Even the head honcho, T.I, who is a very talented rapper, sounds comfortable but not excelling on every track. He still comes across as the top guy amoung the others on the tracks but he is not putting out the rhymes that we all know he is capable of, even with the double time flow.

The lyrics are not strong on this album. T.I shows what he can do but it comes across as he is not really trying and a couple of others, Trae Tha Truth and Young Dro, do quite well on the tracks they are on. The others however come across as very similar and non-distinguishable. B.o.B does some alright work on his tracks but even Iggy Azalea comes across as mediocre on the track she appears on.

The production is good, but needs more variation. Although done by different producers, they come across as almost the same. Mostly trap based beats, they all seem to follow a generic formula and pattern that doesn’t create a very entertaining atmosphere.

One of the good things going for the project is the energy that goes into it. A majority, if not all, of the tracks have a lot of energy and that is one of the only positive things about this project that could have been so very promising.

Overall, this does not live up to its potential at all but can provide a couple of good songs to use, possibly as some sort of workout mix for when you go to the gym.