Hopsin – No Shame Review

This album shows that Hopsin has a lot of technical ability but it would be nice to see him exploring more content. The whole album is based around one awful event but there is only so many times the listener can hear about it, despite how many different ways it is approached.

The production is amazing with plenty of energy and a variety of tempos to try and stop things becoming uninteresting. With the variation helping to stop things being completely stale, there is not a lot more that the beats could do to improve this project. On the other hand, this is full of classic Hopsin style beats and it would be nice to see him try something further from his comfort zone.

The lyricism is amazing with the multi syllable schemes doing a lot of the heavy lifting. The wordplay is also great and does lend quite a lot to the descriptive power of the story telling. The main issue is with content because, with all the different ways he approaches it, it can become repetitive and take from the impact of each track.

The features do add a little to the tracks they are on, but not enough to add to the album as a whole. Each does a good job of showing their own skill and assisting their own song, but not particularly helping with the overall narrative. Maybe a few more guests could bring a little more cohesiveness to the release.

Overall, this is a good album, but it isn’t great as it is missing a few distinct elements, namely songs for everyone to enjoy and not one song several different ways. Hopefully with some of his drama behind him, Hopsin can focus on new ventures and try to stay away form the past.

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Hopsin – Pound Syndrome Review

This album is a great showing of how independant artists can be successful without bending to mainstream pressure. Hopsin has put together an album that seperates himself from the pack of independant artist and puts him on top.

The production is excellent and is tailored exclusively to Hopsin’s style and needs. There is a lot of diversity in the beats to allow a lot of different content which gives the project such balance. Maybe a few more high energy tracks would have helped balance it out more, but on a personal album like this, it may not have fitted with the aim.

The lyricism is fantastic as Hopsin once again showcases his incredible talents. He utilises a lot of different techniques, mostly multi syllable schemes, to really bolster his imagery and story telling ability. With his variety in delivery and flow, there is no obvious way to improve this side of the album.

The features are good and really help to add depth to this project. Each brings a good verse to the track they are on and this really helps with the story telling from another point of view. A singing feature could have added another dimension, however Hopsin has a lot of that under raps most of the time anyway.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album that is going to rejuvenate his fanbase to another bought of absolute loyalty. Hopsin should be congratulated on his effort here and to bounce back from an album that he thought was subpar.

Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process Review

This is a great album for kicking back to, or for smoking to if that is what you wanna do. There is a lot of songs aimed at smoking as well as more thought provoking songs.

The production is excellent and works extremely well with what Dizzy is rapping about on each track. the beats are cohesive and flow together without becoming one long song. A few more songs with higher energy may create a more universal project but it can be seen that Dizzy doesn’t want to give up on making songs he believes in.

The lyricism is also very good without being too complicated that it gets missed. Each song seems to have excellent wordplay in it backed up by Dizzy Wright’s passion about the content that improves the impact of each bar. Adding a few complications to his rhymes may help show more of an all round rap ability but there is no doubt that he knows how to write to connect with the listener.

The features are fantastic and show how Dizzy has made connections in the rap game. Each guest puts in a good effort and comes away with a good verse that helps to build up the track they are on. A few more guests that are either veterans or more likely to sing could help to create a more well rounded project, however there is no doubt to the effectiveness of who Dizzy has chosen for this project.

Overall, this project has the desired feel and atmosphere that Dizzy intends. It has all the makings of a laid back and enjoyable project that many people can enjoy and be entertained by.

Tech N9ne – Special Effects Review

This album is filled with raw and total emotion. With feelings from aggression to sadness to happiness channeled into songs, Tech has made an album that can be relatable and enjoyed by most of the Hip Hop audiance.

The production is excellent. The use of instruments rather than random sounds makes for a slightly more enjoyable listen as well as smoother transitions between songs. Each beat perfectly reflects the atmosphere of each track and contains a lot of influences from other genres, punk for example, to make the project additionally cohesive. The skits in between the tracks, while showing a more human side of Tech N9ne, are quite frequent at the beginning and these could have been better spread out a bit more but they are still enjoyable.

The lyricism is definately present and is fantastic. Tech N9ne has always had some lyrical ability but he has definately developed them through his last few projects. On this, he weaves great multi syllable rhymes that suck in the listener, making them wonder when they will finish. He may need to work on a couple other rap techniques as fall backs, but he is definately doing a great job bringing lyricism to the audiance.

The features all do a great job and all have great verses. With guests ranging from his own label to some of Hip Hops elite, Tech has assembled a team here that would make a lot of other rappers extremely jealous. He even has some features that aren’t from a Hip Hop background to great effect.

Overall, this is a great project that has songs for pretty much anyone who enjoys Hip Hop. Tech N9ne has shown why he is an independent powerhouse in the rap game and that intends to stay there.