Wu-Tang – The Saga Continues Review

This release has a lot of elements of a Wu-Tang Clan album, but lacks a certain cohesion to fill out all the criteria. This album feels a little unbalanced and is gratefully accepted as almost a tribute to the group, rather than an official effort.

The production is classic Wu-Tang. There is plenty of haunting backings that reflect the groups starting point and how they have kept their flavor. There are a few more modern beats that never sound like a perfect fit, but do help show that the collective is trying to keep up with modern times.

The lyricism is solid from everyone, but only a few really shine out. No one does a bad job, but a few of them don’t perform at their finest and the rest have to pick up the slack. While you couldn’t pick out anyone performing terribly, but only a small percentage performs well.

Overall, with the features performing along the same lines as the legendary group, this release is a little too long. Maybe if it was a little more cohesive, it could have flowed a little easier and made this a little easier to listen to.

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Slaine And Termanology – Anti-Hero Review

This release is great for both artists as they have crafted a project that plays to both their strengths. Slaine and Termanology perform to their strengths and it pays off.

The production is amazing with contributions from some top producers that go with the darker themes. With the old school scratching fitting with the veterans, helping to showcase how long they have been in the game, there is a high level of cohesion throughout the album as well. Something a little lighter could have created a more complete image of the artists, but they have spent much of their careers in the dark side of rap and it only makes sense with the way this album heads that they stay there.

The lyricism is great and both artists come off well with their own styles. Both are very individual with their flows as well as complex rhyme schemes that make this extremely entertaining. There is a lot of vulgarity used in a lot of these songs that will make this inaccessible to a lot of listeners, but the two artists have never been known to bend for the masses and shouldn’t do so now.

The features all help contribute to the cohesiveness of this album with their chemistry together. All of them show that they are also talented entertainers to the right audience and help make this album a success. Something further from their own strengths could add another dimension, but there is no doubting the selection here.

Overall, this is a great release for fans of both artists as well as anyone who enjoys the darker side of rap music. This might not be for everyone, but for those who do enjoy it, they will enjoy it immensely.

Krayzie Bone And Young Noble – Thug Brothers 3 Review

This project shows that veterans can make collaborative projects with more chemistry than a lot of new age rappers. The two featured artists here show not only their own skills, but how their friendship has stood the test of time,

The production on this is great with a few different atmospheres and a song for everyone. With the collection of different content here and variations in pace, the cohesion stays high and makes listening easy. The inclusion of a few acapella offerings shows a more diverse talent too.

The lyricism is clever with the two artists having such different styles that blend together well. Both have some clever lyricism and show how diversified their delivery can be. Krayzie Bone adds an extra edge with his singing ability while Young Noble has the additional dimension from his level of aggression.

Overall, with the only feature giving a speech rather than contributing to a song, this is a great release of throwback music. Both the artists should carry this momentum and continue to show newer rappers how to keep it authentic.

Masta Killa – Loyalty Is Royalty Review

This is a strong showing of why you can’t think any member of the Wu-Tang Clan is not talented. Masta Killa may not be the most well known member of the collective, but he can still make high quality music.

The production is a throwback to the nineties with its haunting and darker sounds than a lot of modern beats. While it can seem like some of the backings can be confused for each other, they all create the right atmosphere for the track they are part of. Maybe something with more of a modern feel could help bring Masta Killa an edge for the newer audience, but the selection here works excellently for the project.

The lyricism is great with the rhymes full of passion and clever lyrical devices to increase the level of description. The delivery helps with the skill and dexterity needed to make it sound so effortless. Some changes in flow might help show a little more flexibility but the bars in this show that Masta Killa is still hungry to make quality music.

The features do a great job of fleshing out this release and showing not only that the Clan is still strong, but also some of the other connections that Masta Killa has made. Each of the features shows why they are talented while keeping a high level of consistency for the project overall. Something a little further from the Hip Hop field might make a few more interesting moments, but there is no doubting the star power of the guests here.

Overall, this release has some great messages as well as a lot of enjoyability. Masta Killa has done a great job curating this album and hopefully it gets the recognition is deserves.

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.

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.

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.