T.I. – DIME TRAP Review

This is an amazingly complete release that somehow doesn’t quite gel together as smoothly as it feels it should. T.I. explores a lot of different things in this album, from how he cultivated the trap sub-genre to how his mistakes have led to a lot of problems in his personal life, that together create a complete picture of the man we know.

The production is great and does compliment the message on each song. Individually, the beats all work, but when you put them together as a full album listen to, they can come across as a bit choppy and it can make listening through the whole thing a small challenge. On the other hand, a lot of listeners will simply pick out their favorites, as is the current trend, so this is not a huge disadvantage.

The lyricism is good, with a lot of uptempo rhyming to help keep energy levels up. However, when on an emotional track, T.I. bears his soul to show his side of the story and show that he knows he is a human being and that he makes mistakes. However you slice it, his performance here is phenomenal.

The features do a great job of accentuating the song they are on as well as showing their own talent. There is a real combination of tough street efforts on top of softer singers to add an extra dimension to the project. The guest selection is excellent and are only additions to this album.

Overall, this is a strong album with a lot of strong performances. T.I. continues to be a staple in hip hop and will continue to be, while hopefully having less drama.

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Zuse – Illegal Immigrant Review

Zuse has very distinct voice and dialect, but this doesn’t mean he can be extremely repetitive and call it entertainment. While he does have good verses, the chorus’ are long and very repetitive which drags the song down, despite them being very catchy.

The production is good but very limited in its range of tones which can make it difficult to really understand Zuse as he has very low vocal tones aswell. The project is full of dark, resounding bass and creates an almost throbbing backing for Zuse to rap over. This makes a very specific range of enjoyability for the audience.

The lyricism is alright in the verses but the hooks are very simple and repetitive which, while they are catchy, can create a boring track overall. Zuse does have some wordplay and other lyrical techniques but the hooks disappointment far outweigh the verses greatness.

The features are good, especially T.I, and they help to bring more diversity to the project. Zuse can be difficult to listen to for a full length project but with the features, it helps break up the monotony and makes a much better listening experience.

Overall, This is an enjoyable project if you like the formula that Zuse works with, deep voice with deep toned trap music, but if you like something with some up and downs in, more of a roller-coaster ride, then this is not for you.

Spodee – The B.I.D Review

This is another project that falls into the trap of being constantly doing the same thing on each track with only the occasional change in pace, content or any other factor. More diversity would lead to a greater project. it would be an even greater project if Spodee was diversified from the many other trap rappers out there and stood out from the crowd.

The production is very good, but needs to change gear more frequently to become great. All of the beats are trap beats, or are at least derived from trap beats, and become almost hypnotic in the sense that they just flow from one into the other without really being able to tell when one song ends and another begins. The only way to tell really is when there is a pause with no music at all.

The lyricism is ok, but is only great in a few spots. Spodee spits mostly about generic content with generic schemes with a few moments that break into greater lyricism.but these are few and far between. If Spodee wants to break out from being “just another trap rapper” he needs to start trying something new and not just making more of the same.

The features are good and are the only thing that could bring any changes to the mixtape. All of them are different from Spodee and really help to bring new angles to the project. Each of them bring a new opinion and a fresh voice to their tracks and help detract from the continuous sounds of Spodee being the same as everyone else.

Overall, this is an ok project if you like a typical Spodee track, which all of these are, but if not, you should stay away from this one. Considering some of the competition in the rap game today, Spodee needs to step his game up to get even sloe to Hip Hop’s elite.

T.I – Paperwork Review

This is a diverse album, but it may not connect with everyone as a cohesive project. There are tracks for trapping, radio tracks, tracks for women and tracks for driving to, however all together they don’t entirely blend. It does follow the idea of a film, as there is a song on there for pretty much any scene that could come up, but even as a soundtrack it doesn’t exactly flow all the way through.

The lyricism is good on each track and helps to lend to the descriptive nature of the film it was partly designed to be. T.I is still sharp and plays effortlessly on every track. However on some tracks the backing is slightly overwhelming for his voice and can make him fade into the background instead of at the forefront where he should be.

The production is amazing, but with Pharrell executive producing its hard to imagine the production being bad. Each track is distinguishable from the others and is one of the points that helps shape the collection of tracks into an album. T.I also recruits some top producers, like producer of the year DJ Mustard, to help keep things at the forefront of Hip Hop and for things to sound as fresh as they can.

The features are interesting to say the least. They all add something to the tracks they are on, and it is interesting to see that some of them are featured on several tracks and not just one. All of the featured artists help to add to the diverse nature of the tracks since they help break from just hearing T.I for the length of the project.

Overall, this is a good album for T.I as it shows that he is still lyrically sharp and that he is still culturally relevant, while being able to appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. However the project needs more of a theme or story to tie it all together, to make a great album and not just a great collection of tracks.