Kevin Gates – By Any Means 2 Review

This release adds another strong showing to an already great mixtape catalog. Kevin Gates doesn’t let being behind bars slow him down as he puts out more solid music.

The production is good as the highs and lows explored on the project are mimicked in the beats. Each creates an effective atmosphere for the message of the song and really help with the cohesiveness. Maybe something with some more real instruments would have made another interesting moment, but the selection here works very well.

The lyricism strong with Gates using a lot of different devices used to great effect. The delivery of the lines is another asset that helps lift this to another level. There are no issues with the performance here.

Overall, with the decision to have only one feature to help add some more singing, Gates shows a complete range of skills. Maybe when he is released he can keep this momentum going.

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Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 Review

This project is somewhat laid back but still engaging. This would be easy to stick on and listen to anywhere.

The production is entertaining with plenty of space for Bronson to manouvre and find his rhythm. Each song is individual with the skits in between a lot of songs helping to keep them from running together. Maybe something with a faster pace could help keep the level of energy up, but this still works well together.

The lyricism is clever with the delivery really helping to add to the performance overall. There are a few different devices used to keep the lyrics smart and entertaining. A change in flow could show more of a drive to experiment with new styles, but Action Bronson knows what works for him and executes it very well on this project.

The features do a great job of helping to flesh out this project and stopping Bronson’s voice from getting repetitive. Each does a great job of showing thier own skills while building up the track they are on. Some more singers and others further from the rap game could have created some more experimental tracks, but the guests on here are still very effective.

Overall, this may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy it, they will enjoy it a lot. Action Bronson has made a great project that will resonate with some for a while to come.

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.

Sean Price – Imperius Rex Review

This release has some great moments, but is not without its missteps. No part of it is bad, but some of it does not stand out amongst today’s rap elite and needs a little more finesse.

The production is powerful and gritty which helps boost the impact of Sean Price’s delivery. Each beat does a great job of creating the correct atmosphere for the song which helps keep the album cohesive. Something a little faster could help add something for a younger audience, but Sean Price knows what works for him and has used backings that are effective for him.

The lyricism is great with plenty of alliteration and clever rhymes to keep the legacy of Sean Price going. A lot of structured genius goes into making these bars really roll and land hard with the listener. A few attempts to change his flow might have helped add a little diversity but Price is in his element here.

The features help to make this so cohesive and the momentum going. Each guest only does a god job boosting Sean Price’s last album and only shows great respect for his memory. The guest selection on here honours Price in the best fashion.

Overall, this is a great project to show the greatness of Sean Price. This album will stand the test of time as a list of what could have been and how talented this legendary artist is.

Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy Review

This is a great album from Tyler that is fluid and doesn’t need defending like his previous releases. he shows not only great talent, but personal growth as well.

The production is not as aggressive as on his last album and with the softer tones comes a project that is much easier to listen to. The songs are softer but without losing all of their hardness and shock factor in some cases. This is a side of Tyler the world needed to see and help connect with him on a more human level, which is easier accomplished with this backdrop.

The lyricism is great with a lot of smart wordplay and a lot of clever rhymes. Tyler tones down his delivery but has built up more skill which helps him add to his descriptive ability that is another positive point of this project. With the growth shown from this, there are no issues with Tyler’s performance.

The features are well chosen and fit into their respective songs easily and without sounding forced. Each shows what they are capable of without over stepping and out shining the main artist. there is a good mix of singers with this album as well, which adds another level of entertainment to an already interesting release.

Overall, this is the best album that Tyler has released as it encompasses a wider audience without alienating so many. Hopefully he can carry this mentality forward.

Meek Mill – Wins And Losses Review

This release is another showing of force from Meek Mill, with a renewed vigour for success. After a turbulent time, he has shown how he can pull it together to make good music.

The production is energetic and helps keep the pace as the project plays. Each song with similar atmospheres all have a lot of the same elements, but are varied enough that they don’t get confused for each other. Maybe something with more of an easy listening feel would help include another audience, but would not fit with Meek Mill’s delivery.

The lyricism is strong with plenty of wordplay and clever punchlines. With some poignant messages in the mix here, the impact is huge with the delivery and performance aspects boosting them. a softer delivery might show that Meek is expanding his repertoire, but having already added a lot to his arsenal here, it is not a big miss.

The features are great and help with the cohesiveness of this album. Each makes a great effort and shows their own skills, which always fit with the song they are on. A guest from further afield than the rap game would help make some more interesting moments, but this is a small price for the results displayed on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album with some great moments and little filler. Meek Mill can hopefully take this and have a more stable year to come.

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.