Yo Gotti & Mike WiLL Made-It – Gotti Made-It Review

This surprise release does the job of showing that both featured artists can still make music, but without much in the way of development. They both continue to do what they have done countless times before and are lucky it makes it to mediocre.

The production is solid from Mike WiLL Made-It as the beats continue to be entertaining and atmospheric. Each is individual, but have a lot of the same markers in them that can make them seem repetitive. Something with a little more punch and impact may help to lift this out of mediocrity and into the stardom that Mike is better known for.

The lyricism is more of the same from Yo Gotti as he continues to write about trapping and being a gangster. This shows little personal growth and the delivery sounds tired as he goes through the motions. There may be a core audience for this, but it is hard ot believe that this will have much commercial success based on what Gotti does here.

The project is short overall, clocking in at twenty nine minutes, so the choice to have one feature is smart. The one guest does a good job, but not outstanding. However they do elevate the project a little, and some other voices may have broken up the monotony nicely.

Overall, this is not a great release for either artist, but it has a certain energy to it that some might be looking for. Hopefully they can build upwards from this and make smarter music.

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Mike WiLL Made-It – Ransom 2 Review

This is an energetic release reminiscent of the first Ransom project, but there is a certain amount of formula that is clear in each of the tracks. While the production from Mike WiLL is fantastic, what each artists does with it all seems to lead down the same path, with a few exceptions.

The production is phenomenal, with Mike WiLL creating trap beats that may seem similar, but all have different aspects that makes each individual. In a few cases it seems like there is a base guideline rather than an organic blooming to his creative process, but it still yields some great results. Maybe seeing what he can do outside the trap sub-genre could be an interesting challenge for the producer.

The features on this project are exactly what you would expect to find on songs from a producer as big as Mike WiLL. A stream of A-List rappers as well as fresh up-and-comers helps show a great level of respect for the producer here. It is a shame that so many come from the same vein of writing and delivery, but individually, they all still have good performances.

Overall, this is another release from an exceptional producer that proves he deserves the money and respect he is given. Only time will tell if he will attempt to branch out and attempt to work with a wider pool of talent.

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Review

This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.

The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.

The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.

The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.

Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.

Mike Will Made It – Ransom Review

from a production point of view, this is a good mixtape, but the combination of featured artists and its tending for the tracks to lack any real flare. The artists lack the touch that makes each track want to be listened to and instead there is a string of mediocre songs that make up a majority of a twenty track project.

The production is fantastic and is the best part of the project. As Mike is a producer then this is a great point and the standard doesn’t drop below very good. The beats also have a signature sound that helps Mike stand out against other producers. However with the features on the tracks don’t totally do justice to the quality of the production.

The features are alright overall, but some are clearly not as good as some others. The more high calibre features do very well crafting superior tracks that have great energy and atmosphere. Unfortunately these are few and far between and there are more tracks to play through than to get excited by. This cuases a boring listen for anyone interested in lyricism and Mike may need to be a bit more careful of who he lets on his projects.

Overall, this has a few good tracks but has a lot of other tracks to shift through before you can pick them out. If the project had been cut a bit shorter and been more cohesive then it would have been a better mixtape. As it stands it is too long and too much hard work.

YG – Blame it on the Streets Review

This is a nice short album to remind people that YG is one of the new generation of rappers who shows real promise to keep West Coast Hip Hop alive. This album has a fair amount of throwback value to YG’s debut album “My Krazy Life” which is a good as that was also a good album. However with some repeat songs it can become difficult to really enjoy if you have heard “My Krazy Life” enough times.

The production is good and enjoyable for most listeners as it is very much in the style of popular Hip Hop producer DJ Mustard who has been known to craft some of the biggest hits of 2014. The range is good with some more energetic tracks mixed with an acapella freestyle and an acoustic cover of one of his previous songs. It is a nice blend of styles and flows which create a very diverse album.

The lyricism is good as the freestyle especially shows that YG can rap without the song being held up with the beat. It is clever in most places and where it isn’t, it is kept simpler to help get the point across. This helps YG to create a lot of imagery and show how he has grown as an artist since his debut album dropped earlier in the year.

The features are good but may not always be discernable from one another as some have similar voices. This is not a big problem but with so many features on so few tracks, it can start to feel less like YG’s album and more like a free for all. This doesn’t mean the features aren’t enjoyable though and they definitely help shape the tracks on the album with different pitches and some singing used to add more depth.

The other big thing about this album is it comes with a half an hour short film written and starring YG with the music being used from the songs on the album as well as some from his debut. This increases the entertainment value of the album as a different form of media helps to stimulate the listener and helps to show life from YG’s point of view.

Overall, this is a good pit stop on the way to a more streamlined and cohesive album but is still very enjoyable. The songs mixed with the short film can show YG in many lights ad helps to get his messages across better.

Murda Mook – Eazy Doez It Review

There is no doubt that Mook is a great rapper, but this project shows that he may need to work on his song chemistry. The tracks on the project are good but they don’t blend together enough to make a great track. The hooks in particular are not up to standard with his verses. They also feel like they don’t have that passion he has when he is battling on stage. It needs a bit of a pick me up.

The production is good, but it is not great. There is quite a lot of similar sounding beats and there is a lot going on in those beats and the project could use some more diversity. That would allow for a wider scope on what this project could do and how it could be more enjoyable on every listen through.

Lyricism is present on every track, as Mook is well known for. His verses are crafted to a very high standard, due to his battling experience and veteran battling status. His hooks need more work as they sound forced and aren’t fluid with the rest of the song. However the verses far overshadow the hooks as far as impressiveness on this project.

The features are good and definitely help to break up the monotony of the same beat with the same voice. They each add to the overall tone of each track and also lend a sense of growing in Mook’s music career, getting Raekwon or Busta Rhymes on a track gives the impression that Mook is impressing a lot of important musical people.

Overall, this isn’t a great project for Mook as it does not show his complete range of song possibility, but does help to show his lyrical ability and what he is capable of doing over a beat.

Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography Review

This is maybe not a story telling as the autobiography part of the title would suggest. It comes across as a collection of songs that are ordered from least emotional to most emotional. Not to say the songs don’t show a growth as a person for Jeezy as it shows him moving away from selling drugs and into the rap industry where he seeks bigger and better things.

The production is good throughout but feels a bit segmented, meaning that every few songs the production type and atmosphere changes to allow a step forward in emotional growth for Jeezy to express. It starts off very Trap and moves through the scale until you reach a more open audience range of beats that could be used for a wide range of genres. That being said, none of the production is bad, infact a lot of it is good and keeps the listener interested, it just needed some of the variation sprinkled over the entire album.

The lyricism is present as always and while it is not as prominent as the top lyricists in the rap game, it is included, just a bit more subtly. Jeezy uses his unique voice to stand out against the features. The features themselves are good and they reflect Jeezy’s own style which amplifies both performances.

Overall, This is a good album that helps showcase Jeezy’s evolution during his rap career and where he stands now. It may not be the greatest album of the year, but it is immersive and there will definitely be a few tracks for all rap fans to enjoy.