YG – STAY DANGEROUS Review

This has a lot of similar elements to YG’s previous and critically acclaimed album, but that turns out to be its downfall. A lot of the tracks feel like rehashing of previous songs and while this may create a few gems, it takes the sheen off the album as a whole.

The production is good, but lacks the luster that made previous beat selections so incredible. Each backing is still good and does make a great atmosphere for the song. Moving forward, hopefully YG can choose beats that stray a little further out of his comfort zone to possibly drive him to push himself a little more.

The lyricism is not the cleverest or most versatile, but it is still entertaining. YG has a signature tone and flow that enhances the impact of his wordplay and helps to keep the song enjoyable. A few more attempts at sharper schemes and wordplay might open this up to a wider audience and while YG sticks to his formula, this is still not a bad performance from him.

The features all do well to show their own skills and add to the songs they are on. All put in good verses and help stop things from becoming stale, especially with YG staying well within what he already knows. A few more singers wouldn’t go amiss, but the guests on here are still a welcome addition.

Overall, this is not quite the album people were hoping for from YG, but it is not all bad. There are still flashes of an incredibly talented rapper in here that can hopefully come back to the forefront for whatever YG pursues next.

YG – Still Brazy Review

This album is a fantastic statement on America’s youth. YG is blunt and descriptive about how young men in America feel and act, especially under present circumstances.

The production is pure West Coast with the bounce and feel of modern LA. There is a lot of energy throughout the album even with the mixture of positive and negative tracks. Maybe a few tracks with a feel further from his comfort zone would make some interesting results, but YG knows what is effective and enjoyable for his audience.

The lyricism is good with vivid imagery without trying to be overly clever. YG does not mince his words and simply tells it like it is with his delivery and vocal tone that makes him stand out. Nothing appears to be wrong with his performance, especially as he changes flow and plays with voice modulation.

The features help give this the story telling angle that YG excels at. It has a family and friends feel that help the project feel cohesive as well as the guests working hard. Each puts in good effort and comes away with more listeners knowing who they are.

Overall, this is a great album for the times young men like YG live in. No one can say how this will translate over time, but this is definately a successful album right now.

The Game – The Documentary 2.5 Review

This album is the second disc of his release last week and it continues the standard of greatness. There is at least a few tracks for every Hip Hop listener and they are done very well.

The production is good and keeps his west coast feel well and truly alive. Each song may have the diversity to keep its individuality, but it definately has that west influence through all of it. There are no issues with the backings on this as he covers every aspect of Hip Hop with it.

The lyricism is good and shows he is still improving upon his previous performances. The way he moves within the beats shows great talent as Game has shown every step of his discography. There is little to improve on here, but maybe some radio friendly songs to appeal to the mainstream.

The features all help flesh this out and, while they all put in a lot of effort, show that Game is one of the best out there. Each guest shows that they have some talent and that they can put passion into thier work, but few come close to the main artist. There are no issues with his selection however because each helps make the project more cohesive.

Overall, this album is a fantastic continuation of his previous work that shows Game is not missing a step. If Game can keep this up, then he will truly be one of the greats.

DJ Mustard – 10 Summers: The Mixtape Volume One Review

This mixtape, while being cohesive and extremely replayable, does have a slight downside. That being that while DJ Mustard does a great job on the backing, the actual talent from his roster can come across as very similar to each other in ability and style.

The production is excellent and definately has the DJ Mustard signiture sound all over it. All the beats are really smooth and flow together without merging. There is pretty much no improvements to make to the production on here as DJ Mustard crafts near perfection.

The features do a good job fleshing out these tracks but there are a lot of similarities in the recurring guests. All of them bring good verses that are diverse enough to be enjoyable, however thier style and lyrical prowess all tend towards the same things which is not in your face obvious, but it does show itself to be true.

Overall, this is an entertaining and laidback listening experiance with DJ Mustard showcasing not only his beat making prowess, but what his record label is capable of. His crew bring a good skill level to this mixtape to take forward to thier own projects.

Chris Brown and Tyga – Fan Of A Fan The Album Review

This is a collection of songs where Tyga and Chris both cruise along in auto pilot and don’t tend to really try and excel in any given area. They should take into consideration the falling of both of thier album sales in thier careers and really try to break new ground to maintain thier place amoung the pop/Hip Hop world.

The production is actually very good and works well with the party culture both Tyga and Chris seem to be involved in. While there is not a lot of range there are also more sombre offerings that open up the duo to a more complete project rather than a party mix. Some more emotional tracks would make this a more well rounded album, but if you like the formula for thier hits, this could be an enjoyable album for you.

The lyricism is alright but nothing that will break down barriers and allow them into the lyrical elite. There is some wordplay and schemes involved but it is all rather basic and is relying on the beat and energy to pull it through. This is part of both Tyga and Chris’ general song etiquette and should not come as a surprise, simply a disappointment.

The features do well to be distinct on the song they are on and bring a good amount of diversity to the album. Each brings a good verse to the album and helps raise the level of intellect overall. Maybe some more features that are a bit more out of thier comfort zone would help create more of an atmosphere of attempting something new but as features go, these do a great job.

Overall, this is an entertaining listen if you like the music Tyga and Chris Brown put out individually as this is basically a mash up of the two. However if you are looking for something more encapsulating, this is not the album for you.

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.