Jay Rock – Redemption Review

This album is a step away from the more street rhymes and moves towards a more open view of Jay Rock. He shows personal growth and is willing to try new things here that could pay off in a big way.

The production is great with the right touches in place for the appropriate songs. With this being a softer album, there is a high level of polish throughout the release that makes a very cohesive listen. It might be nice to hear a little more aggression in the beats, but Jay Rock’s delivery takes care of that.

The lyricism is strong and there is an increase in diversity from Rock too. He plays around more with a little bit of auto tune, used very tastefully, and variation in flow to keep every song sounding fresh. Again, it is missing a little bit of an aggressive edge, but the personal growth on this out shines that fact.

The features all do fantastic work helping to make this album great. Each puts across their own talents and finds the right tone for every song. The only thing missing for a lot of listeners is the rest of the Top Dawg Entertainment label, but there are still brilliant moments from the ones on here to tide people over.

Overall, this is quietly phenomenal and should be highly commended. People seem to forget that Jay Rock was the first one to break into the mainstream from Top Dawg and should keep this in mind when he releases projects like this.

DJ Khaled – Grateful Review

This release is full of big names and big tracks that make this a very entertaining listen. With DJ Khaled acting more like a  on this album, only the best tracks make the cut, and this album proves it.

The production is varied but always interesting. Every beat is energetic and works very well with the artists chosen to work on it. There may be something for everyone, but most will appeal to any listener as they are all polished and work as a full listen through as well as individual songs.

The Features on here make this project such a success. All show great skill and have great chemistry with the other artists on the songs as well as DJ Khaled. It is possible that some guests further from his comfort zone may have made some more interesting moments, but DJ Khaled has chosen most of the biggest names in Hip Hop to be a part of this release, and they don’t disappoint.

Overall, this is great for those who want to stick on an album and not use the skip button at all, leaving it to play through. DJ Khaled continues to have enormous success with his albums, but it should be noted that it is mostly down to other artists work. Not to take from Khaled’s ability to bring artists together, but most of the entertainment value is down to the features and not him shouting out during the project.

Stefflon Don -Real Ting Mixtape Review

This is a great release from one of the up and comers of the UK. Stefflon Don shows a lot of talent as well as potential from the range of tracks on this project.

The production is varied and energetic with a lot of different influences becoming clear. With Jamaican dance hall and UK Grime clear samples, Stefflon Don has a wide base to build on moving forward and has a lot of diversity in this project too. Something slower might show a side that might not be clear on this, but there is definitely every other side bright as day.

The lyricism is strong with an interesting delivery to help boost the impact. The rhymes are clever but not so complicated that they can’t be understood. There are no problems here from Stefflon Don and she should continue to push herself like this.

The features are great with some strong talent helping keep the competition high in this release. The British talent on this shows that the UK has other talent that Stefflon is giving exposure to. All do great efforts and will hopefully continue to work like this.

Overall, this is a fantastic project from a very talented artist. Stefflon Don will go far in the music world if she can continue to bring new flavours to the Hip Hop palette.

Master P – The G Mixtape Review

This project shows that Master P still knows how to put together a great project, even if limited on content. The guests really do well to help bolster this as Master P is starting to sound a little dated.

The production is great with plenty of energy and excitement throughout. Each backing fits the message of the song well and is engaging in its own right. Maybe some song with a little less happening in the background could allow more manoeuvrability for the artists on it, but it all still works well on this mixtape.

The lyricism good but can become stale as the content can come across as limited. Master P does have a few tricks up his sleeves but his brand of shout rap can be repetitive and mostly rapping about money he has made can make some songs somewhat dull. Some more branching out of content would go a long way.

The features all do a really good job of shoring up the tracks they are on with good efforts. While some guests are there to show they are still great and others to make a name for themselves, they all do a good job of helping make this project great. Some more singers could bring a new flavour to this project, but the selection here is comprised only of talented rappers.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape but the length of it can make a full listen through hard, as well as the topics being repetitive. Master P will always be a legend in the game, so lets hope his upcoming projects are a bit more balanced.

DJ Khaled – Major Key Review

This album had high hopes, but falls flat a lot more than it soars. Some tracks come across as cohesive genius whereas others seem more like formulaic noise to try and bring in more listeners who are not Hip Hop educated.

The production is good in places and great in others. There is a lot of energy running through the project but in a lot of places the elements in the tracks become more merged together into background noise rather than being effectively tools. Maybe some more beats with less happening in them would open up more space for the artists.

The features all do their job and most do it well to help flesh out this project. The verses tend to be effective but the hooks come across as repetitive in a lot of cases which really lets the album down. Some more imagination in that particular aspect would go a long way.

Overall, Khaled has made his playlist of high value artists and put together a collection of music that will appeal to most. However only a few tracks will remain with the listener.

Snoop Dogg – Coolaid Review

This album has some highlights in it, but misses enough steps that it isn’t cohesive all the way through. The length of the project overall means there are a lot of similarities in the tracks.

The production is good most of the way through and helps give it that classic west coast feel. There is plenty of atmosphere in the tracks, but there are a few instances where there are similar sounding songs on the same album. A shorter tracklist could have helped to make this project sound more organic and fluid.

The lyricism is classic Snoop with some good wordplay and flow, but sometimes lacking in substance. While a lot of the tracks are entertaining, there is a lot of cross over between the subject on some of the tracks. A little variation can go a long way.

The features are good as they help to break up the sound of just one voice saying similar things. While they may rap about similar subject matter, it helps to have a different feel from different guests to show Snoop still has connections.

Overall, if you condensed this down from twenty tracks to a more manageable number, this would be great. However at its current length, it can be work to listen to.

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.

Chinx – Welcome To JFK Review

This album is enjoyable to listen to and is a great album that Chinx would be proud of. There are a lot of good moments that make this album likely to be listened to again.

The production runs very well throughout the project and really helps the transitions between the songs. All the beats are refined so that each of the songs can be enjoyed together or taken individually which is a good quality for an album to have. A few more higher energy songs could have pumped the project up a bit more, however Chinx does well over the beats he selected.

The lyricism is good and does a great job of increasing the level of entertainment. This is mostly due to the clever wordplay and the meaning behind the songs. An increase in complexity of the lyricism and a touch more diversity in his flow could have made Chinx’s performance better, but he certainly has not made any bad decisions here.

The features do a great job fleshing out the tracks with other opinions and points of view. The guests all bring good verses that, while showing what each of them is capable of, work well with Chinx’s style as well. A few singing guests could ass another dimension but the people on this help make it the album that it is.

Overall, this is a good album that has been crafted for Hip Hop audiances to enjoy. May Chinx be proud of this as he rests in peace.

Krept And Konan – The Long Way Home Review

This album has a great balance of all aspects of Hip Hop. There is content, features, beats and lyricism for all rap listeners to enjoy. Krept and Konan flex thier rhyme muscles hard on this album and it comes out as a great project for them and the UK scene.

The production is excellent and is a good blend of refined commercial backing with gritty street tones. The beats all create the atmosphere that enhances the track and helps the impact of the message from each song. It is possible that there are a few more commercial sounds than raw grind that the core audiance enjoys, but this album still has a mostly even balance.

The lyricism is clear and excellent on every track. Each bar is full of a clever lyrical technique that shows not only how intelligent the rappers are, but also how creative rap can be. A few rhymes may go over peoples heads, however that is not the artists fault.

The features are fantastic and all help make this album as great as it is. Each of them help to make this album more of an international effort as well as using thier own skills to show thier level of talent compared to Krept and Konan. Possibly a few more singing features would help on more of the emotional tracks. On the other hand the main artists do a great job on the hooks themselves.

Overall, this is a great album that should appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. Krept and Konan should be beyond proud of how this album has finished off.

Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money Review

This album is full of high energy music without it all being aimed at clubs. There are also a few touches of a softer side that are rarely heard from Meek Mill that really help pull the project together.

The production is all excellent as it reflects what Meek Mill’s actual attitude on the song is. There is a lot of higher tempo beats that help the project keep rolling and there are also a good mixture of atmosphere to enhance the message of each song. Maybe a few more backings with more of an old school feel would show more of a complete challenge for Mill, but he has made a good selection of beats on this album.

The lyricism is good, although is not the most complicated. He utilises a lot of different techniques to really embelish each track and really improve the imagery. With his delivery showing that he will not be left in the background, it is really quite upsetting when he uses so much autotune throughout the album. Less autotune could help Mill keep his core audiance, however when he is using his raw talent, the tracks are great.

The features are great and help build the project up with a huge amount of working chemistry. They all bring good verses or hooks and help bring more diversity that the project needs to help it reach that next level. A few more singing guests could have helped bring the level of autotune down on the project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that unfortunately has a few down moments. For the most part, a lot of Hip Hop listeners can get into.