Master P – Empire, From The Hood To Hollywood Review

This album does have some great tracks on it but is disfigured by its use of autotune and radio style backings. Master P says he remembers where he comes from but the majority of tracks on here could indicate otherwise.

The production is enjoyable but does not have that raw energy that the more street side needed to give it that authentic edge. The more hollywood side has the right atmosphere and sound but it does not have the balance the listener is looking for. That is the only issue with the beats however.

The lyricism is alright with some highlights, but there is a lot of mediocre rhymes in there as well. The verses tend to be above average and really help get the point across, but the hooks are very repetitive and get dull quite quickly. Some more flexibility in the formula could make some more interesting moments.

The features do a good job of fleshing out the project but lack the flair to really spur it onward to further greatness. Each does have an alright verse but there are no standout performers that really shake up the album. Maybe more of a range of guests could make some more memorable moments.

Overall, this album shows that Master P can still make music but it is not of the game changing calibre that was expected. While not slouching, maybe Master P has peaked musically.

BH – Boyz N Tha Hood Review

This is a good mixtape to show that BH rocks the west coast as well as any other. The old sounding west coast beats combined with BH’s relaxed flow and kaidance combine to make a great project that is reminiscent of YG with a G-Funk twist.

The production is good and is a reminder that the west coast can still rock it like they used to. BH has selected some classic style beats to rap over and it helps take you back to the original boys in the hood days. They blend together very well, while keeping their own individual feel and this makes for a good mixtape.

The lyricism is good but there could be more. While some of it is very lyric centred and is very well done, other parts are made good by delivery and performance rather than the words he says. However there is some good lyrical ability thrown in to help make this project more appealing to the wider Hip Hop audiences.

The features are also good which helps to show that BH can work well with others. BH sounds very cohesive on these tracks when set alongside the other people on these tracks. His relaxed flow is very good when put with the relaxed west coast beats which is what makes this a good project.

Overall, this is a good project for fans of west coast Hip Hop and is a good addition to BH’s catalogue. This is an enjoyable listen with some real throwback value that shouldn’t be skipped over.

Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire Review

This is not a good album. Each track is boring and only gets anyone’s attention by repetition of boring choruses that get stuck in the listeners head. The tracks are all very similar with generic content and it does not make for a good listen.

The production is heavy going and reverberate deep into the brain without being stimulating or enjoyable. All the tracks follow the same formula and if it wasn’t for Rick Ross shouting over the top of it, it wouldn’t twig anyone’s attention. In fact, it may be avoided in such high doses.

The lyricism is terrible. While Ross has the ability to rap, he does a terrible job at attracting any Hip Hop audience that may want to hear lyricism. That being said, he can paint a picture but these moments are far apart on the project and cant make up for the short falls.

The features don’t fit well with the project, the exception being Big K.R.I.T. Whatever track they feature on, they blend too much into the backing beat and Rick Ross’ own style. Big K.R.I.T should be praised for maintaining his individuality so well on his feature, sounding different and bringing a very refreshing relief to the whole project.

Overall, this album has a lot of areas of improvement and to say you enjoyed the whole project means you enjoy only type of song and you like to hear it over and over. Rick Ross has a lot to prove if he wants to stay eve close to Hip Hop elites.