Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 2 Review

This is a great mixtape and has everything that a project needs to be considered a classic. It has range, wordplay, a great delivery and a good theme running through it. This is a great work of Hip Hop and should be listened to by everyone and Kevin Gates is shown as a great force in the rap game.

The production is good while being dark and gritty. This fits with the running theme and helps to build the atmosphere on the project to make it more enjoyable and enthralling. The beats cause the listener to be sucked into a monochrome world of gangsters and the streets and it is a fantastic listen through.

The lyricism is very good and clear on every track. Gates does well when it comes to storytelling on some of the tracks and does well to relate to his own experience on other songs. He weaves these moments together to create a flowing track list that is an easy and enjoyable listen that is worth more than one listen.

The features are good and help bring the mob feeling to the mixtape. This is good since the mixtape is named after a mobster. They help to bring out a more cohesive project, since they break up the monotony of one voice, and help add depth to an already fairly deep mixtape.

Overall, this is a very good mixtape that should be commended for pretty much every aspect of rap and Hip Hop. Fans of rap, Hip Hop or Kevin Gates should give this album a chance as it will soon become one of you more played projects of recent years.

Snoop Dogg – Thats my Work Volume 5 Review

This is another great throwback project from Snoop Dogg. This time he links up with Tha Dogg Pound, Daz Dillinger and Kurupt for those who arent aware, to create a G-Funk sounding project to kick back to. It recreates the G-Funk era perfectly while also incorporating their journeys and newer inspirations, like Snoops recent foray into reggae. That combined with the great chemistry the three of them has helps to create a good sense of cohesiveness.

The lyricism is present on not only every track, but by every artist. None of the three let down with their lyrics and they flow into each others style very easily. They each not only have their signature style and flows, but it is rare to find a group of individuals that sound not only different from each other but from most if not all other rap acts out there. Snoop especially shines through his diversity, being able to add the reggae flavour for a slightly different atmosphere.

The production is diverse with some freestyles over popular new tracks, some old songs they did together and some entirely new songs. The backing ranges from reggae to Hip Hop to even pop sometimes, which is a new direction for Tha Dogg Pound.

With the features only being when the trio jump on someone elses track, this helps to create a more cohesive project that showcases their talents on tracks picked for others.

Overall, this is a great project if your a fan of the rappers or a fan of the era, but it may not attract new fans as it doesn’t contain any of the factors that may make it considered “popular” but it is a fantastic project for kicking back and enjoying a great era of Hip Hop.