Wu-Tang – The Saga Continues Review

This release has a lot of elements of a Wu-Tang Clan album, but lacks a certain cohesion to fill out all the criteria. This album feels a little unbalanced and is gratefully accepted as almost a tribute to the group, rather than an official effort.

The production is classic Wu-Tang. There is plenty of haunting backings that reflect the groups starting point and how they have kept their flavor. There are a few more modern beats that never sound like a perfect fit, but do help show that the collective is trying to keep up with modern times.

The lyricism is solid from everyone, but only a few really shine out. No one does a bad job, but a few of them don’t perform at their finest and the rest have to pick up the slack. While you couldn’t pick out anyone performing terribly, but only a small percentage performs well.

Overall, with the features performing along the same lines as the legendary group, this release is a little too long. Maybe if it was a little more cohesive, it could have flowed a little easier and made this a little easier to listen to.

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Sheep Louch – Silverback Gorilla 2 Review

This album is a great balance of street content but with more of a refined sound. Sheep Louch has grown musically and it shows on this project.

The production is good with the raw power of street music but with the more refined radio sound that makes this easy to listen to. The beats are all cohesive and follow through well without blending well together. There are no problems with the selection of backings for this album.

The lyricism is good with Sheek using different techniques without a rapid pace to show that bars still exist in Hip Hop. The variation in his rhymes help give his lyrics an edge and make the songs more enjoyable. A few changes of flow could show a willingness to try new things but he knows what works well and does that fantastically.

The features help make this project even more cohesive and show the connections Sheek Louch has in the industry. Each brings a good verse that makes thier tracks more entertaining. There is a good balance of singing to rapping as well so there are no particular issues there.

Overall, this is a very listenable album that will have fans bumping it for a long time. Sheek Louch has done a really good job of putting this together and should be proud of this result.

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons To Die II Review

This album is a great continuation of the story as well as of the story telling ability that Ghostface posesses. While it may not have a hit songle, it does have a lot of replay ability for those who enjoy concept albums.

The production is classic RZA haunting minimalism. There is plenty of scope for content and for Ghostface to try a few different things. The beats work well with how the story flows which helps the project stay cohesive. A few more modern beats could balance the project out on the timeline more, however that would upset the atmosphere of the album and ruin the story.

The lyricism is good through this album and helps to add to the story telling element. While not overly complicated, it assists the imagery and makes it impact more on the listener. Some more rhymes with some more complexity could showcase Ghostface’s talent some more, however the way this story is told, it may have detracted from what the artists are saying.

The features all help to build this album up with the addition of thier verses. Each brings a lot of effort and a lot of great verses that add a lot to not only thier tracks, but the whole project. A few more singing features could have added another dimension to the album, but again, may not have fit with the story.

Overall, this is a great concept album that shows that not only does Ghostface have the ability to still make great albums, but that concept albums are making somewhat of a comeback after a few releases through the last few years.

Raekwon – Fly International Luxurious Arts Review

This album has a good balance of most elements that make Hip Hop the defining genre it is today, but it lacks a certain shine that would attract newer listeners. Raekwon does very well to keep his rap qualities that he has had for over twenty years now and keep them as sharp as they were at the start.

The production is excellent and shows a real mixture of Hip Hop eras combined into one album. The range is great and the variety in noises, sounds and patterns used almost shows Raekwon lasting the ages. There are not many problems with the beats, they simply may not be to everyone’s taste.

The lyricism is fantastic and Raekwon showcases why he has lasted so long in the rap game. He uses a lot of lyrical techniques to embellish his work and pad out his imagery with an extra dimension. He may want to be a touch louder on the tracks to stand out more, but no one can really criticise this rapper.

The features are good and show that Raekwon can work well with a variety of rappers with a variety of styles. Each puts in some good effort and helps to make each track more cohesive. Some features with less of a connection to rap and Hip Hop may have made some more interesting tracks but these are still interesting.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album with a real mixture of tracks for any mood. Raekwon has been in the rap game a long time and his solo work, as well as his group work, has only improved.

Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD – Sour Soul Review

This is a great project that combines Ghostface’s signiture style with the haunting production he does so very well with. If the chemistry on this project is anything to go by, we can expect great things from this pairing in the future.

The production is full of beats that sound like they use the same idea behind Wu-Tang Clan’s original album. If you modernised the backings on those tracks, you get an idea of what to expect on this album. With that sort of stand out beat to work with, The duo do a great job making a great project.

The lyricism is classic Ghostface and does not disappoint. He does a great job keeping the tracks at a pure Hip Hop level at its most entertaining. The lyricism may not be the most complex out there, but it is vivid imagery that is painted and makes a good listen.

The features are also good and help bring a level of diversity to the project. Each is different from Ghostface and shows that he works well with a range of other rappers. The kind of chemistry shown on this project is fantastic and should be an example to others in the rap game.

Overall, this is a good project and an enjoyable listen through. If you are a fan of Ghostface already, you will love this album. If you aren’t, then this should make you one.

Young Dirty Bastard – A Dirty Tomorow Review

This is an homage to ODB, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but doesn’t quite make it to his level of greatness. While YDB, Young Dirty Bastard, does well to emulate his father, it does come across as an impression rather than YDB trying to come across as his own being.

The production is good and works well with YDB’s style. The beats excel at showcasing the range of pitches and voices that are used and it makes it even more entertaining. With a lot of retro sounds that are a bit of a throwback to the time of ODB, the production really helps to show that the particular style can still be effective.

The lyricism is good but there could be more diverse techniques used to make it even more appealing. However, the performance of the lyrics is incredible with the pitch and tone changes along with the signature voice create a great set of tracks from a lyrical perspective.

The features are good and help add a comparison to YDB. It is good to see an original Wu-Tang Clan member on a track in the form of Ghostface Killah, supporting the child of an old colleague and friend. All the features are good and bring additional diversity to each track to help keep it grounded and not flying away with YDB’s quirkiness.

Overall, this is a good project that helps to bring YDB more to peoples attention. It is unfortunate that YDB seems to be trying to be ODB but he still differentiates himself enough so that he can be considered his own artist and not an impression of his father.

Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons Review

This is a good album. A timeless and classy feel while still showcasing Ghostface’s signature style. This has the feel of an old album while maintaining roots in the modern age of Hip Hop. This is a god addition to this years Wu-Tang Clan releases.

The production is good and is refreshing to the ear as it sounds like real instruments. It can’t be proved if it is or not, but it’s good to hear something that doesn’t sound totally manufactured, but has had thought go into it. It doesn’t exactly flow but that is part of its charm when the content is considered. It is a bit jagged in places but is a very enjoyable listening experience.

The lyricism is definitely there and really helps with the story telling of this album. Ghostface weaves tapestries in the songs, helped by his features, that paint vivid pictures of whats happened to him and other content. It is very powerful, while not being the elite of the elite, and should be commended in its efforts.

The features are good and can take a moment to celebrate how Ghostface can work well with select emcees or with new artists as well as the other. The features can add a new perspective or change the pace on the tracks which helps to add more to the song than if Ghostface was on it alone. It expands the meaning of the song and it can help connect more with the listener.

A surprise part of this album is that the second half of the project is the instrumentals from the first half. This gives you a closer glimpse into the world of song creating as you have the piece of the puzzle the artist started with and the end product that they turned it into. It is quite remarkable how they can see a song from just the backing.

Overall, this is a good album to listen intently to or enjoy in the background, but if you want music to get you pumped up, this may not be the best album for you. This is a journey, not an energy pill.