This debut was worth waiting for. Cyhi The Prynce has spent a long time working on his craft and it is clear on this release.
The production is fantastic with a lot of backings that don’t overpower the artists on the tracks. Each fits the tone of the songs as well as being a strong atmosphere for the message being sent. Some more offerings with more of a club feel could give more for the general populace, but may not be in keeping with the project that Cyhi is trying to put out.
The lyricism is exceptional with Cyhi showing the talent that made the industry sit up and take notice. His lyrics are full of clever references and other great lyrical devices that embellish his storytelling with plenty of description. Possibly some more changes in flow could show a little more of what Cyhi is capable of, but his delivery is incredible on these tracks regardless.
The features are good and help to stop one voice becoming monotonous. Each shows their own skills while having great chemistry with Cyhi. There is a good range of different guests on here and it will be interesting to see who he chooses to work with in the future.
Overall, this is a very interesting listen with many thought provoking moments, The only issue is that the songs are possibly too long and can make a full listen through a bit of a struggle but Cyhi The Prynce has a great debut here and deserves a try from everyone.
This is a nice release from Drake with plenty of energy to make a listen through a delight. Drake is right to call this a playlist instead of an album because it is not so balanced as an album should be, but makes a great playlist for almost any situation.
The production is fantastic with all the elements that helped make Drake a household name to begin with. There are influences from grime to dancehall that help keep the palette fresh and cleansed as you listen through the whole project. The beat selection here is fantastic, but maybe a few more slower songs would give this a little more diversity.
The lyricism is great with Drake flexing his wordplay muscles as well as as continuing to shine with his singing. He takes a few subliminal shots at other artists but in ways that still show creativity and that he is still working to stay the top artist in the world right now. There are no problems with Drake’s performance on this project as he continues his run of greatness.
The features are great and show how Drake is growing as an artist. He is not worried about just choosing the biggest names, but instead chooses the artists he wants to work with. All of them do a good job and help make this release more cohesive.
Overall, this is a very entertaining listen through and could be a step into the future of music releases. Instead of trying to make an album that shows every side of you, Drake makes a list of songs that sound great all the way through, and maybe that is the direction the industry is headed in.
This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.
The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.
The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.
The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.
Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.
This project is good, fun and energetic which is sometimes what the audience needs. There are a few emotional songs, but Montana remains in his comfort zone for the majority.
The production is very bouncy with a lot of club atmosphere as well as some street beats to help keep this mixtape fresh. With so much power behind the boards, there is a lot of drive pushing this project forward that the backings provide a lot of the entertainment here. The beat selection is great for the music that French Montana wants to make.
The lyricism is straight forward but is effective in places. The rhymes are not made to be the most lyrical and his shouting at the end of almost every line doesn’t help make this more interesting. He knows what his fans want, and supplies that, but doesnt push French doesn’t push himself to be better.
The features help to make this more cohesive and to break up the monotony of hearing French Montana shout. Each puts in good effort and their styles alleviate some more of the similarities between the songs. Some more singing could have added another dimension to this mixtape, but French Montana knows what his fans expect and there are some huge names on here to assist with that.
Overall, this is a good romp through what a formulaic hip hop hit sounds like, but it lacks a lot of substance. French Montana may want to evolve his content if he wants to have more longevity in his career.
This album has the same elements as every other Gucci project, but with slightly more focus on the being famous and not the trap past. Maybe Gucci is starting to pull away from that particular crutch in his music.
The production is great as there is a record of Gucci picking beats that are similar, which on this he has avoided. Each is individual and has the atmosphere that each song needs. Maybe a few more tracks with some different influences could help Gucci to branch out to new listeners, but he has selected beats he knows he could work with and works well with.
The lyricism is not overly complex but there are still smart moments. Gucci is more about his delivery and ability to write catchy material, but does not use a lot of lyrical techniques to amplify his work. Maybe a few more lyrical turns could bring in a wider audience but Gucci Mane sticks to what he knows for the time being and does it well, apart from a few overly repetitive hooks.
The features are good as they help lend fresh voices to the project. Each puts in a good effort and help to show that Gucci is definitely still an influential figure in Hip Hop. Maybe a few more guests further from the rap game could show how his influence has grown, but he works well with the selected few on here.
Overall, this is a good project for background music but may not have the replay ability for most to really focus on the listen through. Gucci Mane is out of prison and on a roll if he can keep putting out projects like this.
This album has tracks for everyone but not necessarily in a cohesive order. Every track is interesting, but not all have a high level of replay ability.
The production is varied and allows plenty of scope for Schoolboy Q to work with. Each has its own feel, but some carry extremely similar elements. On a full listen through, it can sound disjointed because of the track similarities, but is still enjoyable.
The lyricism is strong with passion filling every bar of Schoolboy Q’s rhymes. He may not always have the most complex lyrics but he gets his message across with such belief that the listener feels through their whole body. Maybe some changes in flow could make some more exciting moments, but there are no real issues with the raps on this.
The features are great and add a lot to this project. Each puts in a good performance, and help to push the tracks to further greatness. Most come off well and show the connections that the main artist has made in the Hip Hop world. No problems with selection here.
Overall, this album has a lot of good things about it and will have songs that will appeal to everyone at some point. Lets see where Schoolboy Q takes this momentum next.
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.