Stormzy – Gang Signs And Prayer Review

This debut is strong with a personal style and flavour, unique to Stormzy. He is such a strong personality that’s shines through everywhere, except where he tries to bend to what he thinks the audience wants.

The production is grimy in a lot of places with some softer touches when the content also softens. The different combinations of beats show that Stormzy can be versatile, but the execution and the way they flow together detracts from the cohesiveness of the project overall. Maybe trying to prove you can do it all is not always the best course to take.

The lyricism is good, with Stormzy utilising a somewhat common rap style, but lifting it to new heights with his delivery and performance factor. His rhymes are tight and use some good skills to tell stories of redemption and religion, which are common themes. Maybe some more of the aggression shown in the hit singles would have made the project people were expecting, but this release actually shows more sides to Stormzy than people were originally interested in.

The features are good and help to show how Stormzy has sparked interest in the rap community. With some big names on here giving some great performances, it is a great oppertunity for Stormzy to see how he stacks up with others. The inclusion of the singing is a nice touch, but doesn’t help with the tough guy image he had built for himself.

Overall, this is a solid debut album from a leader in the new wave of grime artists, but only time will tell if he can stay that way. Stormzy may want to look at balancing his projects out a little more if he wants a more cohesive product.


Post Malone – Stoney Review

This release sounds somehow like a cross between country music and rap. Post Malone shows he is a triple threat with his guitar, rapping and singing to make a very versatile project.

The production is great with a good mash up of different styles, with the guitar playing a heavy role. However the guitar helps open up the album, helping to change the atmosphere of the tracks as well as making them sound more personal to the listener, helping to make a connection. Something a little more upbeat may have spawned more of a mainstream hit, but certainly this selection is a great experiment for Hip Hop and it is paying off.

The lyricism is not the best that is out there, but the delivery and added talent of singing help to bring Malone’s performance up a few levels. There is definitely some solid wordplay and punchline sin this to draw the attention of the lyrical hip hop heads but the real gift is in working in his other talents to craft the tracks. There is a chance a more aggressive flow could bring in a few more listeners, but it would be uncertain if that would fit with his style.

The features are good as they help bring fresh opinions in. It is also interesting to see how they fit in with this style of music, with each still putting in a good verse while tweaking their delivery for the backing. Maybe a few singers would make an interesting song or two with Malone singing himself too, but he chose well to only have a few and leave space for him to show his own skills.

Overall, this is an album that could catch people’s attention simply because it is different. The variation from the normal is great and Post Malone will grab some listeners from that alone.

Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude Review

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.

G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out Review

This album shows that G-Eazy can rap and do it well, but does not necesserily know the formula to a wining song. Some song chemistry is needed to tie the album together a bit more.

The production is different from the normal with a touch of abnormal patterns and sounds to give the music a dark edge. The songs follow the theme of when things are dakr, but it does need to still be tied together. Some more cohesion between the songs would help this project a lot.

The lyricism is great with G-Eazy easily striding through his rhymes with good and individual delivery. His lyrics are full of different techniques and devices to improve his imagery. Maybe some more changes to flow would help bring this project together.

The features are one of the most cohesive elements of this project as they help show the chemistry G-Eazy can have with other artists. Each has a good verse that helps to push the songs ot new hieghts. Some more variation in the type of guest with maybe more singing would help to show his diversity a bit more.

Overall, this is a great step for G-Eazy as it helps to hone his skills. Maybe on a brighter project, he could show that he can have more variation when it comes to content.