This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.
The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.
The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.
The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.
Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.
This album shows a good understanding of how to make a pop song with rap in it, but also shows that rap can be harder to do than singing. A good debut with room to move forward.
The production is very eclectic and energised to carry it forward while giving space for the lyrics. There is a huge pop influence over the vast majority of these tracks as that is the target audiance and makes each song seem like a single. A few grittier beats could bring in another audiance, however Bars And Melody know thier audiance and what they work well with to great effect.
The lyricism is not complex but usually has an underlying message to appeal to the masses. The rhymes as well as the singing get the point home but are not flawless in execution. With age, the performances from both artists will improve and allow the lyrics to hit harder with more force behind them.
Overall, this album, especially with the acoustic versions of two of thier songs on the end, shows a lot of raw talent that may need some shaping and refining to become perfect. However this is a solid foundation to kick off from, and it is positively fantastic if thier age is taken into account.