KXNG Crooked – Good Vs Evil II: The Red Empire Review

This is another steller release from KXNG Crooked as he continues to use his platform to share and explore his views on America as it stands today. He does all that while showing that he has not missed a step in all his years of being part of the industry.

The production is versatile and fitting for the different content and atmosphere in each song. While the album has some more energetic offerings as well as slowed down songs, every song flows together with ease and makes the listen through so easy. The collection of different feelings and vibes on this release make for a well rounded album that has plenty of replay value.

The lyricism is a masterpiece as well as a master class on how to put what you believe in and your passions into well crafted bars. KXNG Crooked has always been a top wordsmith, but he really pushes himself on this to show once again that he belongs amoung the absolute best. A lot of rappers today could learn a lot from this artist, from rapping and his business acumen.

The features do well to compliment the songs they are on. Each shows that the guest them self is talented but also shows good chemistry with Crooked and only adds to the track they are on. It would be interesting to see some more artists work with Crooked in the future, but this project feels balanced with this many guests to help lighten the load.

Overall, this is a release with great songs that will give the listener plenty to think about as well as a high level of entertainment value. KXNG Crooked should continue to educate the masses on what it means to be a questioning mind with a razor sharp tongue in this day and age.

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Various Artists – Revenge Of The Dreamers II Review

This surprise release has all the signs of being a Dreamville release but has too much of J Coles own signiture flavour to make it feel like a group project. While not a huge loss, you lose some of the other talents impact.

The production is good with a lot of room for the artists to put thier own spin on the track. While J Cole does this with ease, the other struggle to put thier spice on it. Maybe some beats with some more of thier own strengths could be great but the backings on this are a good platform for the artists to work off of.

The lyricism is good from the group on this project and helps show how talented they actually are. No one is slacking on this and J Cole leads the group by really excelling on his songs. Each member does a good job and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project to help bring the Dreamville artists further into the public eyes, but we need to see them do more by themselves to know what they are really capable of.

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons To Die II Review

This album is a great continuation of the story as well as of the story telling ability that Ghostface posesses. While it may not have a hit songle, it does have a lot of replay ability for those who enjoy concept albums.

The production is classic RZA haunting minimalism. There is plenty of scope for content and for Ghostface to try a few different things. The beats work well with how the story flows which helps the project stay cohesive. A few more modern beats could balance the project out on the timeline more, however that would upset the atmosphere of the album and ruin the story.

The lyricism is good through this album and helps to add to the story telling element. While not overly complicated, it assists the imagery and makes it impact more on the listener. Some more rhymes with some more complexity could showcase Ghostface’s talent some more, however the way this story is told, it may have detracted from what the artists are saying.

The features all help to build this album up with the addition of thier verses. Each brings a lot of effort and a lot of great verses that add a lot to not only thier tracks, but the whole project. A few more singing features could have added another dimension to the album, but again, may not have fit with the story.

Overall, this is a great concept album that shows that not only does Ghostface have the ability to still make great albums, but that concept albums are making somewhat of a comeback after a few releases through the last few years.

Jake Lambo – Unorthodox 2 Review

This is a good project for Jake Lambo as he gets some big name features and shows that he has improved his ability. It also helps to show he can put a song together.

The production is good without overshadowing Jake’s rhymes. There is a good amount of variation in the beats which helps show how universal Jake’s style is. If he tried to apply a bit more energy into some more tracks, that may lead to a wider audience.

The lyricism is improved from his last project and helps make a more enjoyable mixtape. With the additional lyrical techniques used, Jake shows himself as a growing force. He may not be the mosty elite lyrical rapper, but he is starting to head that way.

The features are good and show that Jake has some good chemistry with others in the industry. With some larger names on this project, Jake does well not to get overshadowed and holds his own. Each of the features puts in a good verse and helps tie the project together a bit more.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen with some deeper delving into Jake’s personal history and should be a stepping stone on his way to mainstream success. If he gets a hit single, his ability to craft a project would help him keep the fame.