Yelawolf – Trial By Fire Review

This album shows that Yelawolf has found the sound he has been striving for, that merges hip hop and country music. This combined with his storytelling and lyricism makes for an album that shows a much deeper side of the musical artist.

The production is amazing because it is established in the first track that there is a band actually playing the music with country elements. This combination of things helps to make each track have the perfect atmosphere for the message or story that the song requires. The range here is also incredible with deep or saddening songs as well as bright and energetic helping to stop this album becoming boring.

The lyricism is fantastic with Yelawolf using his own life experiences to flesh out the topics for the tracks. All the stories in this album are delivered exquisitely and the descriptive wordplay makes the listener feel the full force of the messages he is performing. With the variety of his flow helping to keep this cohesive, there is very little to complain about on this project.

The features help to add fresh voices and to add another dimension to the song they are on. Each one shows their own skills while building upon the story Yelawolf is telling. Maybe some bigger names, considering the label he is signed to, could have made some more interesting moments. On the other hand, the fact that Yelawolf doesn’t need many A List performers to make such a great release is a perfect reflection on how artists should see themselves which is as a competent enough performer to not seek as much help as they can get.

In conclusion, this album is the best Yelawolf album out yet as he seems to find his stride more and unveils more of himself on it. It could be difficult to find more material, but there is no doubt that Yelawolf is back on the path to greatness.

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Machine Gun Kelly – General Admission Review

This project is a bit of a rehash of previous work, but MGK approaches in enough new ways with fresh energy to make new tracks. There are some that seem very similar but there are just enough differences to make it passable.

The production is heavily rock based with HipHop elements thrown in. This causes a lot of great backing moments and a fresh influence for rap to come back to. Rock has always had a part in Hip Hop, but has always been hit and miss. MGK does make a good job with the beats, but may want to look for other influences in the future.

The lyricism is fast paced and hard hitting with a lot of emotional content. MGK really packs the rhymes with passion and meaning while using a variety of techniques to add impact. He may want to look at exploring new areas however as he tends to lean on the same things to rap about.

The features are good as they break up the verbel punching from MGK while allowing others to show thier skill. Each puts in a lot of effort and helps to increase the cohesiveness of the project. However some more rappers to push MGK to new hieghts would be welcome.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you enjoy emotional and sometimes painful journeys through another mans mind. MGK has explored his deeper self and may want to start looking elsewhere.