The Heatmakerz, Joell Ortiz and Fred the Godson – Gorilla Glue Review

This release shoes some great skills from everyone involved, but it is missing something to make it a stand out project. While everyone does everything right, the tracks don’t blend together to make a truly cohesive listen.

The production is great. The Heatmakerz continue to make great beats which do fit the atmosphere for the song, but not perfectly. While all the backings are enjoyable and with some interesting samples, for such a short project by today’s standards, it feels too unfocused for a full listen through.

The lyricism is incredible with both Joell and Fred continuing to put forth clever lines and hard hitting bars to great effect. While Ortiz sounds the more comfortable of the two, both don’t miss a step. Hopefully Fred and Joell will continue to push each other to new heights, either on their solo work or on more joint projects.

The features are good, but not totally necessary. This is quite a short project and with two rappers already headlining, the addition of more voices could take from their own performance. That being said, the guests showcase their own skills and show why they are to be remembered.

Overall, individual performances make the songs great, but the release falls a little flat overall. The backings need to be a little more gritty and in your face in order to exacerbate the performances and take it to the next level.

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Lil Reese – Supa Savage 2 Review

This is a mixtape populated with generic songs with a slightly above average delivery and extremely average wordplay. Lil Reese is doing little to push himself into the public eye.

The production is good, but it doesn’t act as great backing. Each one can be enjoyed and there is a lot of cohesion between the beats. A few more backings where Lil Reese doesn’t struggle to be better than the beat would improve this project, however that does not appear ot be his style.

The lyricism is average and does not really add to the experiance of the songs, which is unfortunate. Lil Reese uses some good techniques but there is nothing memorable about what he is rapping. He needs to develop more impact with what he is saying by delivery and substance.

The features are alright and show how much Lil Reese needs to improve. Each brings a good verse and a better chemistry with the production. Some features that push Lil Reese to new heights without over shadowing him would be better choices.

Overall, this mixtape could be better crafted but possesses enough falr that people who are already fans of Lil Reese could enjoy it. However for the masses, it may fall flat.

Jim Jones – Miami Vampin Review

This project comes across as confusing and unfocused. Jim Jones does not even come across as the strongest presence on most of the tracks.

The production is good and fits well with the messages of the songs. There is a good variation, with the exception of love songs, of beats to work with and this helps keep the project cohesive and enjoyable. However it is missing more emotional connections to the listener, if that is what your looking for.

The lyricism is enjoyable but won’t put Jim Jones in any complex lyricists books. The way it is structured and the content can be entertaining and Jim has good vocal changes to keep the listener interested. Now Jim Jones can work on improving how complicated his lyrics are to attract a wider audiance.

The features are good and have a huge impact on the mixtape. Each brings a good verse and boosts the tracks they are on to new heights. However they eclipse Jim Jones somewhat and this could cause problems if Jones can’t be the main event on his own project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable mixtape with the flaw that Jim Jones is not the presence he wants to be. He may want to work on bringing his own performance to a higher standard to make sure people know it is his song.