Bun B – Return Of The Trill Review

This is a great album from a veteran artist, showing that he still has a lot of talent behind the mic. Bun B has crafted a release that will resonate with a lot of listeners as having a lot of classic feel, but with a modern twist.

The production is great and works extremely well with Bun B’s rap style and tone. There is a lot of flavour in each beat and each backing creates the right atmosphere for the song. Maybe a few more softer offerings could make this feel a little more complete for some, but this is still a great listen when it comes to the production.

The lyricism is great, not the most complicated, but very enjoyable. Bun B has a unique vocal tone that exacerbates the impact of the rhymes and makes them much more entertaining. A little more experimentation with flow and complexity could show a little more willing to grow as an artist, but Bun B has certainly carved out his own lane here.

The features are great as each does a great job of showing their own capabilities as well as adding to the cohesiveness of the track list. All the guests fit perfectly into the song they are on and only bring positives to this project. It is possible that a few moresingers could add another dimension, but the guests on here are exactly what was needed for these particular songs.

Overall, this is one of the strongest releases of the year so far. Bun B has done a truly fantastic job creating this album and hopefully listeners will recognize that.

Advertisements

Drake – More Life Review

This is a nice release from Drake with plenty of energy to make a listen through a delight. Drake is right to call this a playlist instead of an album because it is not so balanced as an album should be, but makes a great playlist for almost any situation.

The production is fantastic with all the elements that helped make Drake a household name to begin with. There are influences from grime to dancehall that help keep the palette fresh and cleansed as you listen through the whole project. The beat selection here is fantastic, but maybe a few more slower songs would give this a little more diversity.

The lyricism is great with Drake flexing his wordplay muscles as well as as continuing to shine with his singing. He takes a few subliminal shots at other artists but in ways that still show creativity and that he is still working to stay the top artist in the world right now. There are no problems with Drake’s performance on this project as he continues his run of greatness.

The features are great and show how Drake is growing as an artist. He is not worried about just choosing the biggest names, but instead chooses the artists he wants to work with. All of them do a good job and help make this release more cohesive.

Overall, this is a very entertaining listen through and could be a step into the future of music releases. Instead of trying to make an album that shows every side of you, Drake makes a list of songs that sound great all the way through, and maybe that is the direction the industry is headed in.

Giggs – Landlord Review

This album is a good return for Giggs as he shows he is still as capable as ever. He has a range of songs to show he can rap with the best of them.

The production is good because it does not overpower Giggs’ style. Giggs has a unique voice that can make beat selection tricky as he wants to be the focus of the song. On this project he has picked extremely well so he stands out while the backings stay interesting to the listener. An attempt to rap over something a bit less grimy could show a growth to a wider audience but he does well picking these for this project.

The lyricism is clever and not overly complex. Giggs uses his voice as a platform to launch rhymes that are smart but are accessible to most listeners without much strain. Some more changes in flow wouldn’t hurt the project, but he is effective on every song while being enjoyable.

The features help show that Giggs has a strong team around him that are talented and hungry for success. Each does a good job while keeping their individual flavours and being cohesive with others on the songs. Some more singers could have made a bigger impact but the guests work well here with Giggs.

Overall, this is an entertaining listen with a few heartfelt stories to connect with the listener. Giggs should keep this momentum rolling, not just for him but for his label too.

Tinie Tempah – Junk Food Review

This project has a lot of good chemistry between Tempah and the other artists featured on it. While the songs may not be of the absolute highest quality, they are all entertaining.

The production is grimes with plenty of energy flowing through it to keep the music bouncing. Each of the beats is individual and gives each song more of a personality of its own. Maybe some more universally pop like tracks could help to give this project a higher profile but the intimate nature of this project helps give it more of an impact.

The lyricism is good with Tinie Tempah showing the skills that first brought him to the limelight. He uses a range of techniques to dot his raps with clever wordplay that makes this a very enjoyable listen. Some changes in flow could show more diversity but Tempah does well on this.

The features all help pull this project together. The guests all have good verses and the range of vocal depth really makes this cohesive and an impressive array of stars like this shows a lot of connections in the rap world. A few more singers could add another dimension but there is no problem with the selection here.

Overall, this project has a lot of good elements about it, if you enjoy this area of Grime. If you prefer the more mainstream vibe, then this might not hit the exact Mark.

JME – Integrity> Review

This is an album filled with JME keeping the same flow but his lyricism propels his performance past good. His beat selection may also be stale to some, but his incredible way of utilising them is fantastic.

The production is energetic and everything that JME needs them to be to create tracks of great magnitude. Each song, while having similar production, is diverse enough to stand on its own and provides a great base for the grime raps over the top. While it would be interesting to see JME on a different type of beat, he certainly knows how to exploit the strengths of this project.

The lyricism is excellent and is what really makes this project enjoyable. JME actually explains on the tracks that his lyrical skill is what has kept him in the rap game instead of changing his flow to bend to the mainstream. He may want to include a couple of multi schemes somewhere, even though he doesn’t need them to be considered a good lyricist.

The features are good and help keep the energy up on this album. While thier style may seem similar, each puts in a good verse and shows great chemistry with JME. JME may want to look for features further afield to create more interesting tracks, but it is a known fact that he does not want to change how he operates for the audiance.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album even if some may find it repetitive. JME has become a staple in Grime music and this project showcases why.