Shorty – Moesh Music Review

This release helps to prove that Shorty is his own artist and not simply a cog in a larger machine. With this album, he can assist in solidifying his status as a solo artist.

The production is good with grime taking centre stage. Shorty picks backings that have all the elements of grime music but that don’t quite have the start power that a smash hit would have. This leaves himself as the artist to show his skills and be the centre of attention, as songs should be. Maybe something softer, or incredibly aggressive, would give Shorty more or an all around appeal, but he picks great beats to work with.

The lyricism is solid, with no slip ups, but nothing overly complex. The rhymes all work well with the production, but they don’t have the powerful voice behind to make them stick the landing. Shorty has a good performance on here, and hopefully he continues to build in confidence and in personal growth to get himself better known outside his label.

The features help build this project up. Each puts in a good verse and every one of them has great chemistry with Shorty which helps to keep the songs fresh and interesting. Some singers could add another dimension but may not have fit with the style of the album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable release with some fun songs on it. Shorty has made some entertaining tracks and should continue to put out music in this vein.

Skepta – Konnichiwa Review

This album shows that Skepta is a clever lyricist while showing different sides of fame. The project has a few angles that will help push Grime music to new heights.

The production is good overall with some tracks having much hard hitting beats than others, and the others being more experimental to make them stand out in a different way. There is a lot of classic grime backings that are selected with plenty of room for Skepta to manoeuvre. Maybe some beats further from what we know him to work with could make some more interesting moments.

The lyricism is not the most complex it could be but it is full of passion for the music and Skepta certainly doesn’t slouch at all. His delivery is what really pushes this into greatness with his lyrics being clever and witty to help back that up. There are no big problems from a vocal perspective.

The features add to the project by bringing new perspectives and opinions to the songs. While some of the guests may have similar delivery to the main artist, each is individual and showcases their own skills. Maybe some more guests from different genres could show more of a willingness to stray from his formula, but there are no problems with what was chosen for this project.

Overall, this album has a lot of great moments that can be marred by the skits tacked on the end of songs. Skepta should be happy with how this came out, but may look to make future projects more cohesive.

Blacks – Sick individual 3 Review

This is another grime project with the same treaded paths as everyone else. Blacks may need to step further from the blueprint to stand out from the crowd.

The production has a lot going on behind Blacks rhymes which can be overwhelming to the performance. Blacks has chosen beats that mean his shouting and aggressive delivery is necessery to be heard. He may want to show a softer side if he wwants universal recognition.

The lyricism is somewhat repetitive and is simple. There are no overly complicated schemes or techniques and is mostly delivery based. He will want to beef up his bars if he wants ot become a real force in grime.

The features do bring some colour to this project but are in the same vein as Blacks, meaning it does not contrast well. Each has the passion behind it but is just doing more of what Blacks does without even putting thier own spin on it.

Overall, this is enjoyable if you want energetic music to pump to, but if you want substance then this is not for you. Blacks has a way to go before he is in the elite.

JME – Integrity> Review

This is an album filled with JME keeping the same flow but his lyricism propels his performance past good. His beat selection may also be stale to some, but his incredible way of utilising them is fantastic.

The production is energetic and everything that JME needs them to be to create tracks of great magnitude. Each song, while having similar production, is diverse enough to stand on its own and provides a great base for the grime raps over the top. While it would be interesting to see JME on a different type of beat, he certainly knows how to exploit the strengths of this project.

The lyricism is excellent and is what really makes this project enjoyable. JME actually explains on the tracks that his lyrical skill is what has kept him in the rap game instead of changing his flow to bend to the mainstream. He may want to include a couple of multi schemes somewhere, even though he doesn’t need them to be considered a good lyricist.

The features are good and help keep the energy up on this album. While thier style may seem similar, each puts in a good verse and shows great chemistry with JME. JME may want to look for features further afield to create more interesting tracks, but it is a known fact that he does not want to change how he operates for the audiance.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album even if some may find it repetitive. JME has become a staple in Grime music and this project showcases why.