Joell Ortiz – Yaowa Nation EP Review

This is not a Joell Ortiz project as much as a simple showcase of how he can add a strong verse to a range of song types and how he can be appealing to a wider audience. Joell brings his strong verbal abilities to a host of popular tracks and this has the affect of showing that he can be great on almost any beat.

The production is good and has been proved to be popular with audiences already. It is energetic and full of life which makes it more enjoyable to listen to as it gets the listener pumped up and ready to get out and do things. This doesn’t get dull on the full listen through as it is only six tracks. It is great from a production point of view.

The lyricism is strong as it is with every Joell Ortiz verse and as he is putting himself, pretty much, as a featured artist on these tracks, it makes him stand out against others on the tracks. Any other srtist on the tracks doesn’t sound as good as Joell in any aspect and he really improves each track overall with his wordplay.

As Joell is acting as the feature on these tracks, he does great. The other people on the songs are good and help make it an entertaining and enjoyable listen. However they do not compare to Joell on any track and he is behind the driving force behind making these songs great rather than good.

Overall, this is a great project to listen to and for Joell Ortiz to show how great of an emcee he is on yet another set of songs. It is cohesive and fun to listen to and Joell proves he can improve almost any track by being on it.

Ab-Soul – These Days … Review

This is a solid album. It may not be a stand out album of the year but it is more than solid project. Ab-Soul has done extremely well on this project to have not only a track for each group of Hip Hop fans, but a project that all of them can listen to all the way through.

Ab-Souls flow is a huge assest on these tracks as it makes him stand out amoung any features and makes each track easy listening. His lyricism is evident especially on the last track with his battle against Daylyt amd it makes for an enjoyable listen.

The production on the album does come across as very tailored to Ab-Souls style ad makes for a very cohesive project. However it is very easy to be carried away with it and lose track of what Ab-Soul is actually saying.

The only other flaw with the album is the change of production mid-way through the tracks which can lead to a jumbled listening experience if you only want to listen to the second half of a track.

Overall, this is a very good album for Hip Hop enthusiests to enjoy and a great album to boost TDEs standing as an independent powerhouse.

Murs and ¡Mayday! – Mursday Review

This is a refreshing blast of fresh sound to hit the ears. You can hear in the music that it was recorded using real instruments instead of machines and it is a nice change from what is coming out in the culture at the moment. Although this could mean that it does not sound like it will have the longevity that some music has, but it is very in the moment and an enjoyable listen.

The lyricism is clever and fitting with the production. The combination of artists different styles and tones make it a very interesting listen as they frequently jump between artists on each track. There is some interesting wordplay and other lyrical features that also help to make this stand out even more as an album.

As I said before, the production is amazing. On some tracks, it would be good to hear some more of the production stand out against the vocals but it is still a great feature of the album.

Overall this is a great album that should be heard by a lot of people even if it is only once, just to experience a hip hop album that is made with live instruments rather than constructed on a computer.