P Money – Snake EP 2 Review

If this EP doesn’t kill some of the rumours flying around about P Money, it is because people do not want to see facts. This has some great songs on it, which can be repetitive in a row but makes it very clear how P Money feels about his current beef.

The production is aggressive with a lot of techno sounds to punctuate the message. Each beat has a slightly different flavour to help to give a new angle on the situation each time. The aim of this is to be in yoru face, which the beats here accomplish with ease.

The lyricism is smart with some focus on wordplay and others on imploring that he is spitting the truth. The rhymes are clever without losing emphasis on how real his point is in every bar. He gets his message across without having to change his delivery to try and make it work.

Overall, this is a great EP for showing that P Money will stand his ground against any accusation against him. Now with this chapter hopefully closed, he can go back to making great albums.

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Bugzy Malone – King Of The North Review

This release is a great showing of Bugzy Malone’s talent and how he is a force to be reckoned with. There is a song for each audience on here, but it may not connect totally because of the backings.

The production is good, don’t be mistaken, but it fades away a little too much in places, taking from the impact of the songs. Each beat is still individual and creates the right atmosphere for the project. However they do not totally support Malone and something with a little more push could lift this higher on the way to success.

The lyricism is great, with good story telling elements as well as wordplay. Bugzy Malone proves he deserves a title in the rap game, but knowing what happened to the last King in the North (Game Of Thrones) could show it is not always the best path to take. Let us hope he can continue to carry his brand and his skills forward to future releases.

The features are good and help show some good chemistry with the main artist. They each show their own skills and break up the hearing of one voice as well. Maybe some more guests could show that Bugzy can work with a range of people, but leaving more time to show his own abilities was still a smart move.

Overall, this release shows that Bugzy Malone definitely has a strong following that he appeals to. Now it is just a case of seeing if he can broaden that audience to fill the south as well.

67 – Glorious Twelfth Review

This is a very interesting release from one of UK rap’s hottest collectives. Each member holds their own as well as showing amazing chemistry as a group.

The production is great with a lot of influences coming from the Chicago drill rap scene. With a lot of energy running through the whole thing, each song has similarities, but is individual enough not to be confused for another. Something further form the formula would help show a more balanced project, but this selection works great for the purpose.

The lyricism is great with plenty of wordplay and each rapper has their own flow. Every bar is effective, with some relying more heavily on delivery than maybe they should. A few additional devices might help bolster this, but it is certainly effective at the level it is now.

Overall, with the five rappers here not needing features to add extra voices, this is definitely worth a spin. Everyone involved with this should be very happy with how it has turned out and should garner themselves a wider audience.

 

Tinie Tempah – Youth Review

This release takes Tinie Tempah back to sounding like his hugely successful debut album. The sound on this may lean towards more pop sounds, but the content helps to keep one foot in his roots.

The production is great with a lot of smooth sounds making this feel very cohesive as a full listen through. There are a lot of beats that seem simple, but are very effective as they don’t overshadow the artists at any point and help them have a little more impact. Something a bit grittier could have helped bring in more of his underground followers, but that might be a little lost for a big gain.

The lyricism is great, with Tempah showing the skills that brought him to the forefront of UK rap in the first place. He has a lot of great rhymes that punctuate his descriptive terms well and that push his story telling to the next level. However he does have moments of simply repeating the same phrase which can let a song down in places.

The features all do a great job of showing the connections Tempah has in the music world. Each contributes with a solid verse or chorus that works beautifully with the project overall, The guest selection here is so diverse that there is nothing that could be done to improve it really.

Overall, this is a release to remind the world that Tinie Tempah can still make big hits. He does that while showing he also has a softer side and staying entertaining, which is no easy feat.

Stefflon Don -Real Ting Mixtape Review

This is a great release from one of the up and comers of the UK. Stefflon Don shows a lot of talent as well as potential from the range of tracks on this project.

The production is varied and energetic with a lot of different influences becoming clear. With Jamaican dance hall and UK Grime clear samples, Stefflon Don has a wide base to build on moving forward and has a lot of diversity in this project too. Something slower might show a side that might not be clear on this, but there is definitely every other side bright as day.

The lyricism is strong with an interesting delivery to help boost the impact. The rhymes are clever but not so complicated that they can’t be understood. There are no problems here from Stefflon Don and she should continue to push herself like this.

The features are great with some strong talent helping keep the competition high in this release. The British talent on this shows that the UK has other talent that Stefflon is giving exposure to. All do great efforts and will hopefully continue to work like this.

Overall, this is a fantastic project from a very talented artist. Stefflon Don will go far in the music world if she can continue to bring new flavours to the Hip Hop palette.

President T – T On The Wing Review

This release shows that while he has solid rhymes and a unique voice and flow, repetition can really kill a project. President T needs to try to vary his hooks instead of saying one line loudly over and over.

The production is good and is as aggressive as the main artist. Each beat is strong but fades too far back as President T is too vocal over the top for it to make much impact. A bit more balance between the noise sources could help this sound a bit more cohesive.

The lyricism is good but not incredible. While there is some clever wordplay and his delivery boosts that, there is only so many times any listener can hear how good a rapper is without needing more proof. If he can vary his content more, as well as improve his hooks, then he could have some of the evidence to prove he is as good as he says he is.

The features are one of the best things about this album. Each puts in a nice effort and provides a fantastic point of comparison to President T, showing his strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Some more singers could have brought another dimension to this project, but may not have fit in with President T’s style.

Overall, this is a disappointing release, but it does offer redemption. President T shows the potential to make amazing music, but he is falling short due to his ego and simple loudness.

Shorty – Moesh Music Review

This release helps to prove that Shorty is his own artist and not simply a cog in a larger machine. With this album, he can assist in solidifying his status as a solo artist.

The production is good with grime taking centre stage. Shorty picks backings that have all the elements of grime music but that don’t quite have the start power that a smash hit would have. This leaves himself as the artist to show his skills and be the centre of attention, as songs should be. Maybe something softer, or incredibly aggressive, would give Shorty more or an all around appeal, but he picks great beats to work with.

The lyricism is solid, with no slip ups, but nothing overly complex. The rhymes all work well with the production, but they don’t have the powerful voice behind to make them stick the landing. Shorty has a good performance on here, and hopefully he continues to build in confidence and in personal growth to get himself better known outside his label.

The features help build this project up. Each puts in a good verse and every one of them has great chemistry with Shorty which helps to keep the songs fresh and interesting. Some singers could add another dimension but may not have fit with the style of the album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable release with some fun songs on it. Shorty has made some entertaining tracks and should continue to put out music in this vein.