President T – T On The Wing Review

This release shows that while he has solid rhymes and a unique voice and flow, repetition can really kill a project. President T needs to try to vary his hooks instead of saying one line loudly over and over.

The production is good and is as aggressive as the main artist. Each beat is strong but fades too far back as President T is too vocal over the top for it to make much impact. A bit more balance between the noise sources could help this sound a bit more cohesive.

The lyricism is good but not incredible. While there is some clever wordplay and his delivery boosts that, there is only so many times any listener can hear how good a rapper is without needing more proof. If he can vary his content more, as well as improve his hooks, then he could have some of the evidence to prove he is as good as he says he is.

The features are one of the best things about this album. Each puts in a nice effort and provides a fantastic point of comparison to President T, showing his strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Some more singers could have brought another dimension to this project, but may not have fit in with President T’s style.

Overall, this is a disappointing release, but it does offer redemption. President T shows the potential to make amazing music, but he is falling short due to his ego and simple loudness.

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Shorty – Moesh Music Review

This release helps to prove that Shorty is his own artist and not simply a cog in a larger machine. With this album, he can assist in solidifying his status as a solo artist.

The production is good with grime taking centre stage. Shorty picks backings that have all the elements of grime music but that don’t quite have the start power that a smash hit would have. This leaves himself as the artist to show his skills and be the centre of attention, as songs should be. Maybe something softer, or incredibly aggressive, would give Shorty more or an all around appeal, but he picks great beats to work with.

The lyricism is solid, with no slip ups, but nothing overly complex. The rhymes all work well with the production, but they don’t have the powerful voice behind to make them stick the landing. Shorty has a good performance on here, and hopefully he continues to build in confidence and in personal growth to get himself better known outside his label.

The features help build this project up. Each puts in a good verse and every one of them has great chemistry with Shorty which helps to keep the songs fresh and interesting. Some singers could add another dimension but may not have fit with the style of the album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable release with some fun songs on it. Shorty has made some entertaining tracks and should continue to put out music in this vein.

P Money -Live & Direct Review

This is a fun release from P Money because despite some of the more emotional content, the way it is crafted keeps plenty of momentum going. P does well to have such diverse content in these conditions.

The production is much more electronic than other releases but helps to show that P Money is willing to try new things and explore the world of music more. Each is individual and yet cohesive to the others so that a full listen through doesn’t become work. The experiment with these kinds of beats have worked well and it will be interesting how P develops further in the future.

The lyricism is good with a strong delivery helping to bolster the performance. Solid wordplay as well as variation of flows helps make this entertaining as well as allowing the rhymes to land home hard. This is a great showing by P Money as he should continue to develop as an artist and put out music like this, but maybe a little less repetition in the hooks.

The features are good too as they have some strong performances as well as Money bringing up some newer talent too. Each showcases their own abilities and helps to make this the cohesive project that it is. Possibly a little more singing could help but this is still a great selection.

Overal, this is a fun and enigmatic album that should have some serious success. P Money should get more attention from audiences with this release.

Skepta – Konnichiwa Review

This album shows that Skepta is a clever lyricist while showing different sides of fame. The project has a few angles that will help push Grime music to new heights.

The production is good overall with some tracks having much hard hitting beats than others, and the others being more experimental to make them stand out in a different way. There is a lot of classic grime backings that are selected with plenty of room for Skepta to manoeuvre. Maybe some beats further from what we know him to work with could make some more interesting moments.

The lyricism is not the most complex it could be but it is full of passion for the music and Skepta certainly doesn’t slouch at all. His delivery is what really pushes this into greatness with his lyrics being clever and witty to help back that up. There are no big problems from a vocal perspective.

The features add to the project by bringing new perspectives and opinions to the songs. While some of the guests may have similar delivery to the main artist, each is individual and showcases their own skills. Maybe some more guests from different genres could show more of a willingness to stray from his formula, but there are no problems with what was chosen for this project.

Overall, this album has a lot of great moments that can be marred by the skits tacked on the end of songs. Skepta should be happy with how this came out, but may look to make future projects more cohesive.

Tinie Tempah – Junk Food Review

This project has a lot of good chemistry between Tempah and the other artists featured on it. While the songs may not be of the absolute highest quality, they are all entertaining.

The production is grimes with plenty of energy flowing through it to keep the music bouncing. Each of the beats is individual and gives each song more of a personality of its own. Maybe some more universally pop like tracks could help to give this project a higher profile but the intimate nature of this project helps give it more of an impact.

The lyricism is good with Tinie Tempah showing the skills that first brought him to the limelight. He uses a range of techniques to dot his raps with clever wordplay that makes this a very enjoyable listen. Some changes in flow could show more diversity but Tempah does well on this.

The features all help pull this project together. The guests all have good verses and the range of vocal depth really makes this cohesive and an impressive array of stars like this shows a lot of connections in the rap world. A few more singers could add another dimension but there is no problem with the selection here.

Overall, this project has a lot of good elements about it, if you enjoy this area of Grime. If you prefer the more mainstream vibe, then this might not hit the exact Mark.

Chip – Believe And Achieve: Episode 2 Review

This project has some shining moments that can become steeped in the more mediocre ones. Chip shows he has grown up in the Hip Hop community and is ready to step up to the play.

The production is energetic and lets Chip roam free with what he wants to say. There is a lot of carry thorugh with the momentum from the earlier tracks that picks up right at the end for a personnal finale. Maybe on a longer project Chip would want to try some different types of production to show he can work in more areas of rap.

The lyricism is good with Chip displaying a range of different techniques to keep the listener interested. The imagery is good with Chip showing he can paint a vivid picture with his rhymes while getting his point across with impact. Some changes in flow and delivery could help Chip make his songs even more refreshing to the listener.

The features do well to add an extra dimension to the project. The singers soften thier tracks while the rappers show a tougher side of Chip. There is a good balance of guests on this with no complaints.

Overall, this project is really great for Chip to show he is not a boy anymore, but he needs to pick a direction to take this. For now, he is doing a good job.

Wiley – #8 Review

This album is cohesive and enjoyable while showing that Wiley is not taking any chances on this one. He usilises his talents well while backing it up with passion.

The production is really bouncy with a lot of energy that transfers through to the listener. There are a lot of unusual sounds used to make some really interesting beats that compliment Wiley’s style. Maybe some slower backings could show that Wiley can work with more of a range, but at only eight tracks, Wiley keeps this cohesive.

The lyricism is good and flows through very easily and with a lot of entertainment value. Wiley uses a lot of different techniques with his obvious passion for the craft to great effect on every song. Some more emotional content could show that Wiley can handle all topics but with this short project in mind, he has chosen an album that would be interested to the masses.

The features do a good job of supporting Wiley while showing thier own skills. Each has a great verse that shows a lot of talent while pushing Wiley to take his rhymes to a higher level. A singing guest could add another dimension to the project, however WIley has chosen to show what he can do with a chorus.

Overall, this is a project filled with single type songs that run together to show that Wiley is still on top of the Grime game. A great step by Wiley.