This release is another good showing from Mostack as he keeps his name hot without giving any, or at least very few, interviews, letting his body of work speak for itself. His talent shines through with an ability to craft songs that will appeal to a wide audience.
The production is good with a lot of beats that will appeal to the mass audience and not just rap listeners. Each is individual but share an energy that runs through everything that helps keep the level of cohesion high. Something grittier might show a more balanced project, but the way this is constructed works very well.
The lyricism is good with Mostack showing his ability to craft intelligent and crafty bars. The way he delivers the bars makes it seem so easy and that it is effortless for him to have these great performances. Something with a little more punch might add another dimension, but he is only a success on this project.
The features are excellent and show some strong connections in rap. Each puts in a great effort that helps push the tracks toward greatness. Some more singers might bring some higher tones to this release, but the guest selection works well.
Overall, this is a strong release for Mostack who continues to go from strength to strength. if he continues in this vein, he will have mainstream hits in no time.
This debut is strong with a personal style and flavour, unique to Stormzy. He is such a strong personality that’s shines through everywhere, except where he tries to bend to what he thinks the audience wants.
The production is grimy in a lot of places with some softer touches when the content also softens. The different combinations of beats show that Stormzy can be versatile, but the execution and the way they flow together detracts from the cohesiveness of the project overall. Maybe trying to prove you can do it all is not always the best course to take.
The lyricism is good, with Stormzy utilising a somewhat common rap style, but lifting it to new heights with his delivery and performance factor. His rhymes are tight and use some good skills to tell stories of redemption and religion, which are common themes. Maybe some more of the aggression shown in the hit singles would have made the project people were expecting, but this release actually shows more sides to Stormzy than people were originally interested in.
The features are good and help to show how Stormzy has sparked interest in the rap community. With some big names on here giving some great performances, it is a great oppertunity for Stormzy to see how he stacks up with others. The inclusion of the singing is a nice touch, but doesn’t help with the tough guy image he had built for himself.
Overall, this is a solid debut album from a leader in the new wave of grime artists, but only time will tell if he can stay that way. Stormzy may want to look at balancing his projects out a little more if he wants a more cohesive product.
This project has a lot of good chemistry between Tempah and the other artists featured on it. While the songs may not be of the absolute highest quality, they are all entertaining.
The production is grimes with plenty of energy flowing through it to keep the music bouncing. Each of the beats is individual and gives each song more of a personality of its own. Maybe some more universally pop like tracks could help to give this project a higher profile but the intimate nature of this project helps give it more of an impact.
The lyricism is good with Tinie Tempah showing the skills that first brought him to the limelight. He uses a range of techniques to dot his raps with clever wordplay that makes this a very enjoyable listen. Some changes in flow could show more diversity but Tempah does well on this.
The features all help pull this project together. The guests all have good verses and the range of vocal depth really makes this cohesive and an impressive array of stars like this shows a lot of connections in the rap world. A few more singers could add another dimension but there is no problem with the selection here.
Overall, this project has a lot of good elements about it, if you enjoy this area of Grime. If you prefer the more mainstream vibe, then this might not hit the exact Mark.