This is a fantastic release with all the elements a classic album should have. Joey Bada$$ has made an album that is politically charged but with clear messages and not just blind fury.
The production is great because it is easy listening with enough room for Joey to flex his lyrical muscles. There are some jazz influences that help to make this feel more like easy listening than any effort at all. Maybe something with more of a modern feel to attract another audience in Hip Hop, but Joey hits his target audience so squarely that it wont be a huge difference.
The lyricism is incredible, with the flow and delivery only accentuating the experience. Joey Bada$$ weaves great tapestries of description as well as strong messages without losing the edge. There are no issues with the wordplay on this release and hopefully it continues on this vein.
The features are great as they help add new voices and opinions to this album. Each does a good job of their verse or hook which keeps the whole thing cohesive and flowing. Maybe some more aggressive guests could sharpen that end of this project’s spectrum but there isn’t any major room for improvement.
Overall, this is an album that a lot will listen to and many will enjoy. Joey Bada$$ has crafted a truly great release here and the entire Hip Hop community should agree.
This release is a fantastic showcase of Termanology’s skills. He deftly makes songs that speak to the audience as well as explore his personal experience.
The production is great with a lot of different influences coming together to make easy flowing beats. There is plenty of variation to explore the different content while not being one long mess. Some more traditional instruments might make some more songs to appeal to a wider audience, but Termanology has a great selection here.
The lyricism is obviously great and Termanology shows why he is considered a top lyricist. His differentiation in flow and pace helps keep this interesting and cohesive. there are no issues with his performance on this and should continue in this vein.
The features do a great job of filling out the tracks. Each puts in a great verse or hook that keeps the tracks feeling fresh while showing Termanology’s connections in the rap world. There is a good balance of singing and rapping between the guests which really helps this release.
Overall, this is an entertaining and thought provoking piece of work that audiences should enjoy. Termanology has put together a release to give his point of view and should make some sales while doing it.
This version of the album is great with all the greatness of the first outing with the addition of extra tracks that take nothing away from the original ones. The great chemistry between the duo continues on all four extra songs.
The production is all as great as it was before with the additional tracks only boosting the cohesiveness of the project overall. The extra songs all still have thier amazing drive and cuts, while the new ones do a really good job of showing that they have even more greatness in the vault. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.
The lyricism is still fantastic with Royce showing his level of consistency on the new tracks. He does not dip for a second and his unique flow help give him the edge over a lot of formulaic rappers out there right now. There are still no problems with what Royce is showing on these tracks.
The features all do a great job fleshing out this album and the extra tracks have the same thing. Each of the guests does a great job of pushing the track onward to further greatness and the comparison to Royce works wonders to boost ability. Some singers could have shown more sides of the duo, but thier selection of people to work with is fantastic.
Overall, this has all the greatness of the original but with the extras on here, it propels it further to stardom. Congratulations on taking something amazing and making it even better.
This album has a great throwback feel with a lot of smooth notes that make it easy to listen to. Kirk Knight shows what he is good at over the whole project without any major faults.
The production is smooth with the Pro Era feel we have come to expect form its members. With plenty of old school feel and that almost jazzy feel that makes all this such easy listening. Maybe a change in the formula would show that Kirk can handle more than one type of beat, but he does a great job over what he has chosen on this project.
The lyricism is not the most complex but the delivery and changes in flow make it fairly easy going and entertaining. Kirk uses a lot of different delivery techniques to keepo his rhymes fresh with a touch cleverness and complexity to keep it enjoyable. A few more lyrical devices would not have gone amiss.
The features do a good job of enhancing Kirk’s performance while showing what they are capable of. Each puts thier passion into thier work to make the track they are on more special. Some guests who can sing may make some more interesting moments, but there is no doubt that the people on this do good work.
Overall, this is a laidback album that is a great stepping stone for Kirk Knight. It is as the title indicates and should be treated as such.
This is a great album to stick on if you don’t want to be tied down to one artists point of view and opinions. There are a lot of good points on this album that make it enjoyable listening.
The production is really stunning and is the best thing about this album, which is a big deal. Each track is individual and they all cohesively run together without the listener being confused about what song is on. There are no flaws about the beats that Selektah is using to craft a very entertaining album.
As Statik Selektah is a producer putting together this album, the features make up all the lyrics on this project. However they all come with great verses and hooks, which contain a lot of thier own lyrical acrobatics. A few more rappers with a faster flow may have kept the energy flow up a bit through the project, but that may have stopped the balance of the correct atmosphere for each song.
Overall, this is a great album for all audiances of Hip Hop. The smooth production with the quick acrobatic rhymes make for a good time and this is a great stepping stone for Statik Skeletah.
This is a nineties project created in the modern day and it is very close to the mark for what it is aiming for. However it may not appeal to all Hip Hop lovers as it is moving back instead of forwards.
The production is accurate to the thee of the album and, when seen through the right lenses, is great to listen to. However as it is trying to move back to a time when great songs were already made, some may not take kindly to that. However when listened to all the way through it does very well to combine with Joey’s flow and make some great tracks.
The lyricism is good and is scattered throughout all the tracks. On the other hand, with Joey’s fairly rapid flow and his tone against the backing beat, it can be difficult to hear that lyricism and accept it. A lot of it is simply lost to the sounds instead of heralded as great to the listener.
The features are all good and all bring a new dimension to the project. They help to show how Joey can work with others, which is extremely well, as well as showcasing their own skills, which is also done well.
Overall, this would be a great project if made in the nineties, but as it is made in this year, it is a good project with ties to a brighter era in Hip Hop. If moved more into the modern age, not ultra modern but forward, Joey may have more success.