This is a nice project but lacks the flair to make it a great one. A lot of it is on the soft side of Hip Hop and could do with more aggression to give more energy and fuel to pump this mixtape up.
The production is good and blends well together without losing the borders on each track. The beats are smooth where they need to be and jarring in places where it should be, which leads to a cohesive backing that gives Bizzy Crook plenty of room to manoeuvre when it comes to his lyrics.
The lyricism is good and entertaining but could do with more technical aspects. The story telling portion of his skills are good but he could include more wordplay and other rap techniques to help keep his appeal more open to a wider audience in Hip Hop. This would bring him more to the mainstream and make him more of a success.
The features, or feature in this case, are alright but doesn’t add enough to the track he is on to improve it. In fact, his particular flow compared with Bizzy actually shows that Bizzy is the better rapper and helps show that he is above average.
Overall, this is a good mixtape but wont blow the listener out the water. It has some shining aspects that make it slightly above average, but it isn’t a contender for mixtape of the year.
This may not be a great project but it shows that while Shy Glizzy is only now entering Hip Hop’s mainstream, he has a lot of potential if he moves away from his formula to slightly less comfortable ground that will appeal to a larger audience.
The production is good on this project, even if it is all a bit similar from track to track. It does come across as a bit overbearing to the vocals in places but in others, compliments Shy and helps him create a stand out track. However this is not true of most of the tracks and a lot of the mixtape can overrule vocals with production.
The lyricism is not great but can be entertaining. on the right songs. Shy is not the most lyrical of rappers and doesn’t seem to mind so much. His raps come across as basic in comparison to some in the rap game today and in this case it may even be most other rappers being more lyrical than Shy.
The features are alright but don’t shine or stand out on any of the tracks. They sound very similar to Shy or have lyrics that don’t add anything to the songs. This creates a poor experience when it comes to Shy working with others and this doesn’t create a good listening experience.
Overall, this is a good introduction to Shy Glizzy for new listeners, but if you have heard him before then this is more of the same and keeps him one dimensional. To grow as an artist, he needs to experiment some more and try to get away from his formula and the rutt he is stuck in when it comes to song making.