Various Artists – The Hamilton Mixtape Review

This release is incredible. Everyone knows how great the songs from Hamilton are, and letting these artists re-imagine them shows that they work as more than story telling devices in the show.

The production is great with some of the original Broadway backings used so the artists can give their own impression or interpretation of the originals. Where new songs have been created or tweaked, there are no missteps and actually helps keep the listen through fresh. This is a clever re-imagining of an already successful show and should help bring even more attention to it.

The lyricism is fantastic as Lin-Manuel crafted stunning rhymes from the original used in a lot of the tracks here. The new lines are all amazing with fantastic imagery and passion put into the messages of the songs. These tracks are put together with such a close eye on the precision of the craft that each of these feels almost brand new, despite there already being versions of a lot of them.

The selection of artists on here are fantastic. Each compliments the part they play on here in style and fits the need of the track perfectly. There are no problems at all with these features.

Overall, this is a really incredible showing of not only the talent of the artists, but how to put a release together. Lin-Manuel had a bright future after the musical release, but this will help solidify him as a future for music everywhere.


De la Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody… Review

This is a fantastic album with plenty of replay value and that will appeal to all listeners of Hip Hop. The group have used the kickstarter campaign to make a piece of art that will last for years to come.

The production is excellent with a lot of influences from other genres, predominantly jazz. While many rappers these days might struggle with these backings, each member sounds at ease over them which helps contribute to the cohesiveness of the project. There are no issues with the selection here as De la Soul once again push the envelope looking to expand others attempts to pick great beats.

The lyricism is complex and clever, while sounding laidback. Each member sounds like it is the easiest thing in the world to be such clever rhymers while being comical, telling a story or sending a serious message. Again, there are no serious issues with how thier vocals come across on this album.

The features all do good work, even if it is only a skit or interlude. The guests on the songs help to bulk it out with new voices and opinions while not detracting from the somewhat experimental sound De la Soul put across. They have a good balance of rapping to singers as well as people from different eras to help make this album great.

Overall, this is truly a fantastic album that will have listeners begging for more. Since that is how this album came around, after crowd funding this project, maybe more can be made the same way in the future.

Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude Review

This album s a good introduction to the direction Pusha T is heading and he shows his ability on every track. The way this project has turned out, whatever comes next will be incredible.

The production is on the dark side but with enough energy to keep the listener interested. Each song has a standout beat that would not be confused with any other song on the album. Something cheerier could show that Pusha T can have more of a balance, but that is not in keeping with the theme of the project.

The lyricism is good with Pusha T doing plenty to keep his rhymes interesting. Using a range of techniques he adds a lot of imagery and impact to his words to make them land harder with the audiance. There are no real problems with what Pusha T has delivered on this project.

The features do a good job of fleshing out the songs on this album so that they are enjoyable and provide comparison points for Pusha T. Each brings a good verse that pumps up the project and makes some good chemistry on the project. Maybe a few singers could help to balance out this album a bit more, but the guests really work well here.

Overall, this is a great album for those waiting for Pusha T to keep pushing rap forward. He only does well here so let’s hope he carries this momentum forward.

Dr Dre – Compton Review

This album is crafted to perfection and Dr Dre has made a fantastic listening experiance. It may not be for everyone, but fans of real Hip Hop will adore what has been made here.

The production is flawless with easy transitions and the tracks have an atmosphere that fits perfectly with what they are trying to perpetrate. The beats are smooth and cohesive, allowing the story of Compton to flow easily to the listener. There are no issues with this selection and there should not be with Dr Dre being as talented as he is.

The lyricism is great as it ranges from incredibly intricate to passionate and emotional. While Dr Dre openly admits to not writing all his rhymes, his delivery and the power he puts behind them really land the meaning deep with a lot of impact. For some of the audiance, the fact Dr Dre did not write all of it could tarnish it for them, however he conducts his feelings through them accurately and powerfully.

The features are a huge part of this projectand help to make this a milestone in the rap game. There are a core group who appear repetively and consistently put a lot of effort and pleasure into the tracklist. The other guests all do a really excellent job of putting across thier feeling of genorosity towards how Dre has shaped thier career and that translates into thier rhymes. There were absolutely no problems with the feature selection here.

Overall, Dr Dre has once again shown that his level of ability and experiance in Hip Hop have allowed him to make a really amazing album. It may not be Detox, but from what the public have heard, this is much more personnal.