Slaine And Termanology – Anti-Hero Review

This release is great for both artists as they have crafted a project that plays to both their strengths. Slaine and Termanology perform to their strengths and it pays off.

The production is amazing with contributions from some top producers that go with the darker themes. With the old school scratching fitting with the veterans, helping to showcase how long they have been in the game, there is a high level of cohesion throughout the album as well. Something a little lighter could have created a more complete image of the artists, but they have spent much of their careers in the dark side of rap and it only makes sense with the way this album heads that they stay there.

The lyricism is great and both artists come off well with their own styles. Both are very individual with their flows as well as complex rhyme schemes that make this extremely entertaining. There is a lot of vulgarity used in a lot of these songs that will make this inaccessible to a lot of listeners, but the two artists have never been known to bend for the masses and shouldn’t do so now.

The features all help contribute to the cohesiveness of this album with their chemistry together. All of them show that they are also talented entertainers to the right audience and help make this album a success. Something further from their own strengths could add another dimension, but there is no doubting the selection here.

Overall, this is a great release for fans of both artists as well as anyone who enjoys the darker side of rap music. This might not be for everyone, but for those who do enjoy it, they will enjoy it immensely.

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Statik Selektah – Lucky 7 Review

This is a great album to stick on if you don’t want to be tied down to one artists point of view and opinions. There are a lot of good points on this album that make it enjoyable listening.

The production is really stunning and is the best thing about this album, which is a big deal. Each track is individual and they all cohesively run together without the listener being confused about what song is on. There are no flaws about the beats that Selektah is using to craft a very entertaining album.

As Statik Selektah is a producer putting together this album, the features make up all the lyrics on this project. However they all come with great verses and hooks, which contain a lot of thier own lyrical acrobatics. A few more rappers with a faster flow may have kept the energy flow up a bit through the project, but that may have stopped the balance of the correct atmosphere for each song.

Overall, this is a great album for all audiances of Hip Hop. The smooth production with the quick acrobatic rhymes make for a good time and this is a great stepping stone for Statik Skeletah.

Hoodie Allen – People Keep Talking Review

This is a good album for listeners who enjoy a more kicked back approach to Hip Hop with some higher energy tracks thrown in to the mix. There is a lot of emotion in this project but it is not overbearing and trying to force you into feeling any certain way.

The production is excellent and works well with Hoodie Allen’s style of rap. It is all smooth and finely crafted while also utilising some interesting sounds and noises to great effect. It is possible some more beats with higher tempos and more of a club vibe could help make this slightly more appealing to a wider audiance but there is no doubt to the effectiveness of this set of beat selections.

The lyricism is good and helps to make this the project it is. While not of it is made to be really hard hitting, it is all clever and weaved well into the rhyme schemes that make you think as you enjoy them.  Some more lyrics that come across as more aggressive could help show Hoodie Allen as a more rounded rapper, but he does well what what he has produced here.

The features are great and help bring a new dimension to the album. Each brings good effort and great verses to thier tracks which really helps show the chemistry that Hoodie Allen can have with others in the industry. Some more features who are further out of the field than those used could have made a couple more interesting moments but there are no let downs on the guests end.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album which is suitable for almost all listeners. It stays a healthy distance from the generic content and starts to make headway into newer, less explored areas. Hoodie Allen should have a long and prosperous career in Hip Hop but it could depend on how long he can keep exploring those areas.