KIDS SEE GHOSTS – KIDS SEE GHOSTS Review

This project is an intriguing listen as the two artists are both highly creative and have clear styles that blend well on this. However while this is a revitalizing project for Kid Cudi, Kanye West does not seem at his best.

The production is truly amazing, with each beat capturing the atmosphere of the tracks superbly. With each instrument being masterfully used to create the feeling needed deep inside the listener, there is no doubt that the beatsmiths put their best work into these offerings. It is a shame that they feel squandered with the vocals that are layed over the top.

The lyricism is strange, with a lot of clever wordplay used, but also some basic shouting and some just noise making. While both the main artists have some top verses given, for a short project they don’t fill out the songs and are happy to let the instrumentals run their course. Now while the beats are fantastic, it should also be important for the vocals to stand up and take some control as well as not be tampered with, which unfortunately they are.

The features are a mix of phenomenal and confusing. Some put in great work and create moments of greatness, while others seem to be barely contributing and leave a lot to be desired. Maybe some guests with a bit more punch could create some more memorable moments.

Overall, this project seems hit and miss, with more hits from half of the duo then the other. Let it be said that it can not be a great project when the best part of the whole thing is how Kid Cudi hums.

Mostack – High Street Kid Review

This release is another good showing from Mostack as he keeps his name hot without giving any, or at least very few, interviews, letting his body of work speak for itself. His talent shines through with an ability to craft songs that will appeal to a wide audience.

The production is good with a lot of beats that will appeal to the mass audience and not just rap listeners. Each is individual but share an energy that runs through everything that helps keep the level of cohesion high. Something grittier might show a more balanced project, but the way this is constructed works very well.

The lyricism is good with Mostack showing his ability to craft intelligent and crafty bars. The way he delivers the bars makes it seem so easy and that it is effortless for him to have these great performances. Something with a little more punch might add another dimension, but he is only a success on this project.

The features are excellent and show some strong connections in rap. Each puts in a  great effort that helps push the tracks toward greatness. Some more singers might bring some higher tones to this release, but the guest selection works well.

Overall, this is a strong release for Mostack who continues to go from strength to strength. if he continues in this vein, he will have mainstream hits in no time.

Kid Ink – Summer In The Winter Review

This album is exactly what the title indicates with all the summer vibes it needs to make you forget it is Winter. With plenty of DJ Mustard’s signiture style to generate energy, if your missing warmer weather then this is the project for you.

The production is fantastic with DJ Mustard using his immense talent to pour a lot of great beats into this project. Each is still individual without running together while giving scope for a range of content to be explored. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is good with Kid Ink using his ability to explore different techniques to enhance his writing. He tries a few different ways to make his imagery and the impact of his words improved but they sometimes fall short of the mark. While never by much it does influence the tracks and how they play out.

The features help to flesh out the project some more so that Kid Ink does not become stale on a full listen through. Each brings in an entertainment factor that plays well with the production and helps to make the project more cohesive. A few more singers could have made a few more interesting combinations, but the guest selection here works well.

Overall, this project is great for remembering the past summers and looking forward to the future ones. Kid Ink has crafted a project that fits its objective perfectly.

Kid Cudi – Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven Review

You need to be on something to enjoy this album but that is most likely the point. If your completely sober, this is just noice with Cudi barely scraping the surface of what we call music, let alone making a lasting project.

The production is good with some unusual sounds and patterns being used to make some energetic backings that could be used by any number of rappers to great effect. With the use of what sounds like more real instruments rather than computer generated ones, the album actually has a good foundation to build off of. It is just a shame that the rhymes dont reflect that.

The lyricism on this is poor. The rhymes do have varied delivery and flow but without really fitting with the backing and lacking creativity. Some more focus on what he is saying rather than making sure it is different to everyone else could help Kid Cudi really excell as an artist.

Overall, this album has many pitfalls which tend to be in what is being said more than anything else. There is some lyrical repetition but the beats help to give this some positives with thier diversity and bounce.

Kid Cali – Kid Cali Review

This mixtape is an example of an artist who sounds too much like others and doesnt have enough punch to break out into his own character. Kid Cali needs to step up if he wants to have a big career.

The production is good, reminiscent of DJ Mustard, and is one of the only good elements of the project. Each track is different enough so that they don’t run into one another but it could be tricky to pick any beat out if there were no lyrics. A bit more diversification could lead to a project that could have a lot more diversification.

The lyricism is poor and Kid Cali apparently relies on delivery to carry the mixtape through. There is a lot of repetition, even from track to track, and very little wordplay. A bump in the level of lyrical technique could go a long way to improving this project.

The features do a lot to add extra dimensions to the project. With the singing and changes in tone help break up the monotony of hearing Kid Cali rap about the same things over and over. A few more guests could have improved this further, but Kid Cali thought he would showcase his own ability.

Overall, this mixtape shows what Kid Cali can do but it does do a poor job of showing how big a talent he is. It positively shows the opposite. Kid Cali needs to try a lot harder to become a staple in Hip Hop.

Rich The Kid x Migos – Still On Lock Review

This is an enjoyable mixtape but falls to a far too common flaw. Once you have heard one of the songs, it seems like you have heard a lot of the songs. A touch more variation wouldn’t go amiss.

The production is excellent and lends a good atmosphere to the track. The beats all run smoothly together and reflect the meanings of each song well. However, as the songs are so similar, some diversity would go a fair distance in making a more universal project.

The lyricism is alright but is nothing spectacular. The reliance on delivery and performance works well on the type of track the artists are making. On the other hand, some more lyrical acrobatics could make some tracks that would appeL to a wider audiance.

The features are alright but are very similar to the main artists when it comes to style. Each guest puts in good effort and has an alright verse that can bring a touch more cohesiveness to the project. Unfortunately, due to the stylistic similarities, thier performance can fade into the background as they can sound like the main artists themselves.

Overall, this is an entertaining mixtape that can showcase all the artists talent, but they could use a wider variety of content and backing. The next project from Rich The Kid or Migos should look to appeal to a wider audiance.

Young Buck – 10 Bullets Review

This is more of the same Buck listeners have been getting recently, with his reunion with G-Unit creating more cohesive works. While this does make more interesting tracks recently, Buck appears to be stagnating and needs to push on to fresher grounds to keep more of the public eye on him.

The production is good but comes across as knock offs of other production. There is a lot of producers out there with signature sounds and the beats on this simply come across as someone trying to impersonate others style. Buck may need to find some beats that are out of his comfort zone to make some more interesting tracks.

The lyricism is alright but Buck uses his delivery and unique vocal tone to make his performance even better. While his actual wordplay is average to good, the way he channels his passion and aggression into his bars boosts how they come across to the listener. Some more complex and frequent rap techniques would be the only way to improve the lyricism.

Overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining listen and, while it may not have a lot of replay ability, has some great tracks on there. Buck is on a tear recently and should continue this work ethic to become an even greater force in Hip Hop.

Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Whoo Kid – The Turn Up Godz Tour Review

This mixtape should be considered one of the best attempts to merge EDM music and rap. While it is definately not for the thought provoking or emotional listeners, it is the project if your looking for if you want something high tempo and energetic.

The production is the definition of rave music. All of it is made up of the producers using the unique sounds to create soundscapes that are thier versions of a verse from a rapper. The way the noises come across makes an enjoyable melody, if you enjoy grinding noises and helps to tie the project together as even the producers seem to be guest features.

The lyricism is not complicated at all and this entire project relies entirely upon delivery and performance, mixed with the beats of course. Waka Flocka does especially well at taking his average rhymes but getting them across with such passion and great delivery that they become good and sometimes great. On this kind of project, the lyrics from the people on it are exactly what you expect to hear.

The features on this are fantastic and help bring another level of diversity to the project. While each track is definately different, it is good to hear other rappers trying this new direction that Waka Flocka has chosen to head in. It is possible that some less features could help the mixtape as the beats are so overpowering to begin with, but this is still a good listen.

Overall, this mixtape is an interesting experimental listen and does a great job bringing a level of energy to a musical project that is usually only heard on a few tracks. Waka Flocka could keep exploring this avenue, but it would be good to hear him have a stronger presence rather than relying on the production to carry the mixtape through.

Kid Ink – Full Speed Review

This is a good project for Kid Ink as it shows him making a whole variety of tracks with some good features and some different flows. There is not a whole lot to criticise about this project.

The production is smooth and refined. The beats blend together easily and are accessible for both lovers of Hip Hop and to lovers of Pop music. The way the producers have put the tracks together comes across as very polished without a fault in them and that is a big bonus for this project.

The lyricism is there and is scattered throughout but may not be as involved as some would like. While Kid Ink does very well to involve wordplay and lyrical devices in this work, the songs aren’t saturated in them so as to help expand the audience further into the realms of Pop music. For Hip Hop purists, Kid Ink could have used more wordplay.

The features are good and add to every track they are on. Each helps to bolster the cohesiveness of the tracks and helps introduce different opinions and angles on the message of each track. If the features weren’t there, this project would not be as good as it currently is.

Overall, this is a great project for Kid Ink and for rap as a sub-culture of Pop music. Kid Ink may well be part of a movement to move Hip Hop out of the darkness and into the mainstream of radio around the globe.

Sy Ari Da Kid – S.O.O.N Review

This is a mixtape that connects emotionally with the listener, straying away from the generic “Go Hard” formula to make a much more intimate project. Sy makes this a slowed down set of tracks that that the listener feels very involved with.

The production is very good, but it could do with a few more energetic songs rather than all being slowed down. The production is smooth and flows together very well, but through the project it feels like it takes much longer than the actual play time to get through it all as it is really quite slow. With some more upbeat tracks, this would be a great listen rather than a good one.

The lyricism is definitely present but could do with being a bit more obvious as everyone may not appreciate it. Sy’s delivery is not strong on these tracks and he can find himself fading into the background a bit. This means that the lyricism he puts in there may not be heard by everyone, but when you hear it, it is good and enjoyable.

The features are good and help show the connections Sy has made in his career. They each put in a good effort with good results and help to add depth to each track. Each feature adds a new level of contrast to Sy and helps show that he can rap well in comparison to the others on this project.

Overall, this is a good project but may not be energetic enough for some and may not be strong enough on delivery for others. \However it should not be overlooked and is worth at least a spin or two.