A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol 1: Friends Review

This project definitely has the cohesive feel that comes with people who are close making music. It is a shame that a lot of the songs are in the same vein, but they are done well.

The production is good and really punctuates the rhymes with the amount of emotions somehow crammed in. Each beat has a lot of similarities, which can often happen with total in house production, but they are all effective in getting the energy across. A few more variations on the beats wouldn’t hurt but all the backings are still very much enjoyable.

The lyricism is entertaining and the different delivery of each Mob member helps keep things fresh as the project plays out. A lot of solid bars are scattered throughout the album, but there is the odd miss step which is quickly covered up with another rhyme. A bit more consistency would make this flow just a little easier.

The features are good with some big names keeping things moving. Each puts in a good verse or uses their signature talents to bring their own flavour to the songs. Some singing could lighten up this project full of deeper tones and noises.

Overall, this project is a good showing of each of the members abilities and how well they work together. It will be interesting to see how they progress with future endeavours.

DJ Khaled – Major Key Review

This album had high hopes, but falls flat a lot more than it soars. Some tracks come across as cohesive genius whereas others seem more like formulaic noise to try and bring in more listeners who are not Hip Hop educated.

The production is good in places and great in others. There is a lot of energy running through the project but in a lot of places the elements in the tracks become more merged together into background noise rather than being effectively tools. Maybe some more beats with less happening in them would open up more space for the artists.

The features all do their job and most do it well to help flesh out this project. The verses tend to be effective but the hooks come across as repetitive in a lot of cases which really lets the album down. Some more imagination in that particular aspect would go a long way.

Overall, Khaled has made his playlist of high value artists and put together a collection of music that will appeal to most. However only a few tracks will remain with the listener.

Sean Price – Songs In The Key Of Price Review

This project is short at only eight tracks but each has a lot of talent and skill put into it. It is a cohesive album that has a lot of replay value.

The production is excellent with a good range of sounds for Sean Price to work with. There are a few different atmospheres as the project progresses which helps each track sound more diverse than the others. A few more tracks with a faster tempo and more bounce could have made some more interesting tracks, but the chosen beats have enough for Sean Price to really shine.

The lyricism is good with some different techniques being explored by Price to keep the lyrics enjoyable. His signiture style helps put his passion into his work so that his rhymes keep the listener engaged. Some more flow variation could have shown a bigger variety of skill, however keeping to what he knows still makes some very good songs.

The features are great and add a lot to the songs they are on. Each of them brings thier talents to thier verse and makes a good contrast to Sean Price while making sure the listener does not forget them. Some guests from further out of his comfort zone may have made a few more memorable moments, but there is no doubt that those selected to be on this album, do a great job on it.

Overall, this project is enjoyable and entertaining while keeping his own identity on it. Sean Price has made a great last project and may he rest in peace.