Big Boi – BOOMIVERSE Review

This is a great release from Big Boi as it is smooth and does encompass every listener with one play through. Something for everyone and high levels of cohesion have built this up into a top quality product.

The production is fantastic as each beat is strong and can stand on its own, while leaving room for the artists to work and not encroach on their space. You also get the feeling of outer space and the expanse as each song plays and really helps link back to the title. Maybe something with a little grit could appeal more to the more aggressive listener, but the selection here is outstanding.

The lyricism is excellent with Big Boi utilising his clever rhymes with a fast flow to create interesting and enjoyable performances on each song. It could be argued that the actual raps aren’t overly complex and could be more intricate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective and impactful. Something slower may show a more complete balance of skills, but Big Boi only does good work on this project.

The features all help to lift this to new heights as they each put in great performances. Everyone does some of their best work on this album and none feel out of place. Maybe something a little further from the comfort zone of Hip Hop would make more interesting moments, but the guests on this help keep things feeling fresh.

Overall, BOOMIVERSE is a success and is definitely worth a spin. Big Boi should continue to explore his musical skills like this and expand his repertoire of artists he has worked with, as he has done here.

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T.I -Us Or Else: Letter To The System Review

This is a poignant and cohesive release that highlights a lot of political issues as well as others. T.I is trying to show some dark areas of America and he succeeds and then some.

The production is smooth and helps the tracks to flow easily as a listening experience, making it simple to listen to the message of the songs. There is some variation in energy levels as well as pace to bring a good amount of variation to the listen through. There are no issues here as there is nothing dull about the backing beats.

The lyricism is clever as well as passionate, which helps boost the impact of the rhymes. T.I weaves great tapestries of how he currently sees America and the issues inside. There are no problems with the words on this project as there is diversity in the flow, schemes and wordplay used to create an enlightening listen.

The features are great as they help give more points of view on the topics described in the tracks. Each puts in a good effort and pushes the others on the song to try harder themselves. Maybe a few more singers would give a softer touch on some of this project, but there is still a great balance between the artists.

Overall, this is a top release and T. I should be proud of his social work and his attempts to better the people of America. May his lessons not be lost on deaf ears.

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3 Review

The cover art for this release lets you know that this is rap gold and it does not disappoint in any way. This is the most cohesive the duo has ever sounded, and considering their catalogue, that is saying something.

The production is incredible with all the right emotions in the correct measures. The aggression that fuels this runs deep and helps the artists connect with the beats to aid in the performance. There are no problems with the backing selection on this and El-P should be proud of his work.

The lyricism is some of the strongest in the modern age with both members only doing fantastic jobs. There is great wordplay and schemes all over this album and it makes for very entertaining listening. Both artists have great delivery and flow to go with their rhymes, as well as having signature voices to help them stand out. Only rap genius from these two once again.

The features help keep the project on a high because of their own chemistry with both main artists. All give amazing efforts to compete with the others which helps keep energy levels high. Some singers could show another dimension, but might not be in keeping with the groups style.

Overall, this is definitely one of the top releases of the year. It is difficult to keep such a streak of great albums going, but Killer Mike and El-P may even have a few more in them if they can keep this momentum going.

PRhyme – PRhyme Deluxe Edition Review

This version of the album is great with all the greatness of the first outing with the addition of extra tracks that take nothing away from the original ones. The great chemistry between the duo continues on all four extra songs.

The production is all as great as it was before with the additional tracks only boosting the cohesiveness of the project overall.  The extra songs all still have thier amazing drive and cuts, while the new ones do a really good job of showing that they have even more greatness in the vault. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is still fantastic with Royce showing his level of consistency on the new tracks. He does not dip for a second and his unique flow help give him the edge over a lot of formulaic rappers out there right now. There are still no problems with what Royce is showing on these tracks.

The features all do a great job fleshing out this album and the extra tracks have the same thing. Each of the guests does a great job of pushing the track onward to further greatness and the comparison to Royce works wonders to boost ability. Some singers could have shown more sides of the duo, but thier selection of people to work with is fantastic.

Overall, this has all the greatness of the original but with the extras on here, it propels it further to stardom. Congratulations on taking something amazing and making it even better.

Run The Jewels – Meow The Jewels Review

This album is good as an experimental piece, but when compared to the original backing, it is not nearly as good. This is obviously not intended to be a smash hit and more of a joke piece, but that actually has some very interesting moments.

The production is interesting to say the least as it is made up of noises cats make. These are used by different producers to do over the beats for the original songs. There are a lot of different methods and patterns used to create backings that are not classically enjoyable but its good to see someone trying something different, even if it is not going to be the new trend.

The lyricism is still great as it was on the original project as the lyrics remain unchanged. Both Killer Mike and El-P do the same great job and all the features are still effective. On thier next project, it will be interesting to see if they can keep up this extremely high quality of lyrical genius.

Overall, this is a different project trying to make waves by doing something no one has done before. While it is not for everyone and will mostly be seen as simply a collectible item, it is refreshing to know that there are still people trying new things.

PRhyme – PRhyme Review

This is a great album to end 2014 on. Both Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier bring their best┬áto this extremely cohesive album that radiates pure Hip Hop all the way through. The beats and lyrics work very well together to create great songs for a great new debut.

The production is fantastic. DJ Premier has done very well crafting this album’s beats so that they can cause the listener to flashback to older times as well as compare to the new age of Hip Hop production. The tracks can have jarred sounds but are smooth to listen to and creates a very enjoyable listen.

The lyricism is very clever and engrained in the very DNA of the tracks. Royce Da 5’9 does a great job of weaving great images and story telling through the whole project which works well with the production. The wordplay is complex and shows why Royce is considered one of the top lyricists in the rap game today.

The features are excellent. They all bring top level rap to the project without overshadowing the others. Each spins a great verse that strengthens each track without weakening it and it keeps it as a very cohesive project. It is also good to see members of Black Hippy mixing with members of Slaughterhouse considering all that has been discussed about cyphers and battles between them.

Overall, this is a great album that is very cohesive and very entertaining to listen to. Both DJ Premier and Royce have created a project that has all the elements of a rap album that can be enjoyed by all and seen as a milestone in Hip Hop.

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 Review

This is a bold and brash offering that is a great example of hard core Hip Hop too shake the masses. Both Killer Mike and El-P, who make up Run The Jewels, have done well to carry the momentum from their first great success into another project that is hard hitting and bound to be as much of a success as their last.

The lyricism is definitely present on every track and will help to draw in the crowds of Hip Hop fans who enjoy wordplay in songs. Both Killer Mike and El-P flex what they have in the lyrics department and it makes for a potent combo when it feels like they are passing the mic between them for who can be the most lyrical.

The production is fantastic by being in your face and blending the together so well that the project is easy to listen to the whole way through, even if it does feel like its trying to jump down your throat half the time. Full of unusual sounds and high tempo beats, this project is not smooth listening by any means but it is an enjoyable listen.

The features are good as they combine well with what Run The Jewels do and sound like on the track, while also promoting their own abilities. While they may not be the most well known people to feature on the album, they are good choices that don’t take anything away from the project.

Overall, this is a great album for Hip Hop lovers and is also a good introduction to the hardcore side of things for newer listeners as it is such a great example of what a top notch project sounds like. Run The Jewels should be proud of making a project that is living up to the high standards they set with their first album.