G-Unit – The Kanan Tape Review

While this is almost a deluxe release of 50 Cent’s previous mixtape, the choice to include work from Young Buck and Lloyd Banks does add another dimension to the project. An odd choice but not necessarily a bad one.

The production is good with plenty of the gritty sounds that made 50 a success in the first place. The additional tracks all have the signature patterns that built up Young Buck and Lloyd Banks in the first place. All together this helps to make a cohesive project that could have done with a touch more refinement.

The lyricism is good with 50 returning to his grittier roots while keeping the angle of having too much money. The other main artists step up their delivery and complexity to show what they are capable of off the back of this tape. Some more changes in flow could create some more interesting moments, but what they rhyme on this is still great to listen to.

The features all help to make this more cohesive as a project by adding more voices to the view points. Each has a good verse that actually helps to show how G-Unit can work with newer talent as well as each other. Some more singers could help give more variety on this project but 50 takes the brunt of this talent himself with his ability on the hooks.

Overall, this project is definitely made up of three acts. there is 50 cents original Kanan Tape, followed by Young Bucks showing, finished with Lloyd Banks lyrical ability. The next G-Unit project will have all the members on it and they will all show ability like this.

Busts Rhymes – The Return Of The Dragon (The Abstract Went On Vacation) Review

This mixtape shows that Busta Rhymes is still making great music that helped raised his profile in the first place. Without Q-Tip to help, he carries more of the burden and excels while doing so.

The production is good as it works well with Busta Rhymes style Each beat has its own feel and atmosphere which helps show the variation that Busta can work with. Maybe a few more slowed down tracks could show a higher level of diversity but the backing selection on this is fantastic overall.

The lyricism is fast paced, rapid fire and full of multi schemes. Busta shows that he has not slowed down over time and keeps his rhymes coming with barely a breath in between bars. A few different techniques could show more growth as an artist, but Rhymes has done a great job keeping his level so high after all these years.

The features all do a good job too as they show thier own skills as well as filling out the project with fresh voices. Each has a good verse which helps keep the entertainment high and keeps the project cohesive. Some singers could have had an interesting effect, but the selection on here is great.

Overall, this project is great fun to listen to and keeps Busta Rhymes in the public light. He shows his talent and shows plans to keep his momentum going.

Sheep Louch – Silverback Gorilla 2 Review

This album is a great balance of street content but with more of a refined sound. Sheep Louch has grown musically and it shows on this project.

The production is good with the raw power of street music but with the more refined radio sound that makes this easy to listen to. The beats are all cohesive and follow through well without blending well together. There are no problems with the selection of backings for this album.

The lyricism is good with Sheek using different techniques without a rapid pace to show that bars still exist in Hip Hop. The variation in his rhymes help give his lyrics an edge and make the songs more enjoyable. A few changes of flow could show a willingness to try new things but he knows what works well and does that fantastically.

The features help make this project even more cohesive and show the connections Sheek Louch has in the industry. Each brings a good verse that makes thier tracks more entertaining. There is a good balance of singing to rapping as well so there are no particular issues there.

Overall, this is a very listenable album that will have fans bumping it for a long time. Sheek Louch has done a really good job of putting this together and should be proud of this result.

Jadakiss – Top 5 Dead Or Alive Review

This album is full of great songs that prove that Jadakiss is where he says he is in the rap hierarchy. his ability to be this lyrical while going over these hard beats makes for a lot of really great moments for Hip Hop that should make a lot of the new generation stand up and pay attention.

The production is great as it sees Jadakiss using his underground feel to make headway into the mainstream which is not easy to do. The backings all give scope for content as well as having a wide range to offer to the messages of the tracks. Maybe a few more softer tracks could show that he can make more of a balanced project but Jadakiss has selected his backings very well for what he wants to show.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic with Jadakiss using every technique under the sun to keep his rhymes fresh. The way he puts his lyrics together leads to some really intricate and hard hitting moments that the listener will remember for a while. There are no issues with how Jadakiss puts his opinions and views across on this project.

The features do a really good job of showing that Jadakiss has serious connections in Hip Hop that are talented and can compete with him on the songs. Each one puts in a lot of effort and helps to make the project cohesive while showing that competition is not dead in the rap game. Maybe a few more singing guests could bring in a slight more mainstream feel and bring this to a slightly wider audiance, but Jadakiss has selected poeple he can work well with and it shows.,

Overall, this album is great to listen to street, lyrical or entertainment perspective. Jadakiss shows that the title of this album is accurate and that he has earned his spot there.

Puff Daddy And The Family – MMM Review

This album is great to listen through and does not have many jarring moments that ruin the experiance. Puff has crafted an album that proves he can still make music that people will enjoy.

The production has a big enough range to show Puff can work with a variety of tracks as well as different atmospheres. Each song is individual while being cohesive with the overall project. A few slower songs could show that Puff has a tighter grip on his emotions, but the project does not actually need it.

The lyricism may not be the most complex but it does help tell the story as well as show Puff’s skills on the mic. He shows that he can still hang with some of the best even if he is not considered one of them. Some more creative bars could have helped the project but may have ruined the delivery part of Piff’s display.

The features all do a good job of pushing Puff to his best performances while putting thier own strengths forward. Each puts a lot of pasison into thier verses to help bolster thier individual performances and help the tracks to be more cohesive. Some more singing guests could have a bolstering effect on the songs, but that would defeat the purpose of Puff Daddy and the Family.

Overall, this is a great album for putting on and kicking back to as well as partying around to. Puff can still create music that the public wants to hear.

Tsu Surf – Newark Review

This album is full of personal and emotional stories peppered withg the big ego that has made Hip Hop great. Tsu Surf takes his battling experiance and uses it to make his rhymes exactly what the tracks need.

The production is somewhat haunting and helps create the thought provoking atmosphere that the album needs. Each beat has similar aspects but have enough changes so the listener knows when the tracks have changed. Maybe a more vibrant and energetic track could show that Surf can handle more than one type of track, but he does that one type well.

The lyricism is great with Tsu drawing on his battles to allow for a wealth of wordplay wisdom. He easily bends his rhymes into complex, complicated masterpieces that really allow the story telling to shine through. Maybe some changes in flow or delivery could make a few more interesting moments, but Surf does an excellent job on this.

The features are great from big names to people with great chemistry. Each does a really great job of pushing Surf to greatness while showing that they either have what it takes to be a star, or still qualify as one. Some more singers might have been a good addition to the project but the selection on here is fantastic.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album with  lot of back story. Tsu Surf has made a respectable project here and is opening doors for battle rappers everywhere.

Dave East – Hate Me Now Review

This is a great album for fans of both trap music and of lyricism. Dave East fuses the two to create an album that treads already worn ground but in creative ways.

The production is good as it gives a lot of room for East to explore content while driving the project forward. The beats are diverse enough for each track to be individual but fit together with the theme of the album. Maybe some more mainstream beats to allow for more mainstream appeal but it would be unseemly for Dave East to sell out to become more famous. It would go against what he says on this album.

The lyricism is great with plenty of techniques peppering every track. Dave puts a lot of effort into his rhymes which shows in the imagery and story telling elements. There are no real issues with what Dave East does on this project and you should expect to see more great things from him in the future.

The features are great and add a lot of cohesiveness to this project. Each brings a lot to the table and shows that Dave East has a lot of very talented friends in Hip Hop circles who all appear to have good chemistry with him. A few more singing guests could make some more interesting moments, but each of the people on this do great work.

Overall, this album is very enjoyable and shows that lyricism is staging a great comback after a while ofdummied  down rap. Dave East should continue to crank out music liek this.

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot Review

This album is good if you like the highly energized rap music that pumps out of mainstream radio these days. If you prefer something deeper or more lyrical, there are other options out there for you.

The production is good with plenty of different types of energetic beats, but there are no slow moments. This works fine for the basis of this album as it is DJ led, but should be avoided elsewhere. A few more diverse backings could do well to show that DJ Khaled does not follow a formula, but the concept of this album works for his purpose.

The features all do a good enough job to make the songs enjoyable but there is not a lot of substance. Each guest puts effort into thier verses, but with the same people recurring multiple times doing the same thing, can become stale. Maybe some more variation in guest selection could create some more interesting moments, but at least the songs are not totally boring.

Overall, you will probably like a few songs on this but a full listen through may not be as entertaining to everyone as it might seem. DJ Khaled does show that he can still put together a project however.

Joe Budden – All Love Lost Review

This album is full of great personnal stories that are fantastic if you have been following or are looking to follow Joe Budden as an artist. If that is not the case, then this is not the album for you as it does not contain a lot of universal songs.

The production is interesting as it is deep with a lot of space for Budden to tell his story. While they would hold thier own weight, the story telling that Budden does over the top rteally makes the tracks, even if he sounds uncomfortable over some of them. Maybe some more energetic tracks could show that he can still appeal to the mainstream, but otherwise this is a very small audiance to be aiming at.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic while combining in the story telling element. Being one quarter of the greatest groups Hip Hop has seen, he shows he knows his way around a rhyme and litters this project with not only emotional content, but creative ways of getting it across. He may want to look at how he comes across over a beat, but as he grew up freestyling this is somewhat explained. maybe somthing to look at in the future however.

The features all help take care of the hooks as Joe knows he is not the best at this part of song making. Each puts in a lot of passion to help build the cohesiveness of the project, as Budden puts so much of himself in his music. Maybve some features from other genres would help with the chorus and add another edge to the songs.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you understand where Joe Budden has come from and how his songs work. If not, then you may want to familiarise youself with his previous work to prepare for this.

Gucci Mane – Trapology Review

This mixtape starts off strong but loses momentum as it goes on. The begining has a lot more passion in the rhymes whereas at the end, there is a lot less flare in the delivery.

The production is excellent and fits well with what Gucci Mane is trying to achieve. It is trap beats at thier finest which is exactly what Gucci is known for. A few more backings with a different twist would show more of a diversity in his ability, however Gucci Mane is keeping to what he knows while doing it better than everyone else.

The lyricism is not great by Gucci Mane but it is still enjoyable in context. While every song may have similar content, Gucci does enough to make each diverse with some variety and plenty of features. Gucci may want to try a few new things to keep his music fresh, but his core audiance will still enjoy this a lot.

The features are great on this project and really help to make it as good as it is. With some bigger names than usual and more of a variety of styles, this mixtape has a higher class of guests. There are no flaws with this selection as they are the best part of this effort.

Overall, this is an entertaining and enjoyable mixtape that is keeping Gucci Mane’s high volume of output going. It may have a problem with keeping the effort up, but is still great to listen to.