JL – DIBKIS Review

This release is a great showing of skills for JL and helps put his name into the public eye. Each track shows a lot of talent from the artist and how he is developing in his music.

The production is energetic and dark in a lot of places. There are a lot of songs with deep atmospheres to delve into and helps to connect with the listener. Maybe some more lighter beats could help give a more balanced experience but this is still a great backdrop for the stylings of JL.

The lyricism is amazing with a lot of clever wordplay and fast paced rhymes to keep things interesting and exciting. JL does a great job of displaying a variety of abilities through out the songs, but his hooks can be a little repetitive. However, that is the only real issue with his performance on here.

The features do great of expanding upon JL’s performance to increase the entertainment value of each song. All the guests did a great job of showing how well they can rap and/or sing, and help build this project up to an even higher level. The guest selection on here fill the criteria but maybe something further from his comfort zone could add another dimension.

Overall, this is a very deep project that connects with the listener while giving them an energy boost to their day. JL is a fantastic member of Strange Music and proves it with this album.

Tech N9ne – Special Effects Review

This album is filled with raw and total emotion. With feelings from aggression to sadness to happiness channeled into songs, Tech has made an album that can be relatable and enjoyed by most of the Hip Hop audiance.

The production is excellent. The use of instruments rather than random sounds makes for a slightly more enjoyable listen as well as smoother transitions between songs. Each beat perfectly reflects the atmosphere of each track and contains a lot of influences from other genres, punk for example, to make the project additionally cohesive. The skits in between the tracks, while showing a more human side of Tech N9ne, are quite frequent at the beginning and these could have been better spread out a bit more but they are still enjoyable.

The lyricism is definately present and is fantastic. Tech N9ne has always had some lyrical ability but he has definately developed them through his last few projects. On this, he weaves great multi syllable rhymes that suck in the listener, making them wonder when they will finish. He may need to work on a couple other rap techniques as fall backs, but he is definately doing a great job bringing lyricism to the audiance.

The features all do a great job and all have great verses. With guests ranging from his own label to some of Hip Hops elite, Tech has assembled a team here that would make a lot of other rappers extremely jealous. He even has some features that aren’t from a Hip Hop background to great effect.

Overall, this is a great project that has songs for pretty much anyone who enjoys Hip Hop. Tech N9ne has shown why he is an independent powerhouse in the rap game and that intends to stay there.