Kirk Knight – Late Knight Special Review

This album has a great throwback feel with a lot of smooth notes that make it easy to listen to. Kirk Knight shows what he is good at over the whole project without any major faults.

The production is smooth with the Pro Era feel we have come to expect form its members. With plenty of old school feel and that almost jazzy feel that makes all this such easy listening. Maybe a change in the formula would show that Kirk can handle more than one type of beat, but he does a great job over what he has chosen on this project.

The lyricism is not the most complex but the delivery and changes in flow make it fairly easy going and entertaining. Kirk uses a lot of different delivery techniques to keepo his rhymes fresh with a touch cleverness and complexity to keep it enjoyable. A few more lyrical devices would not have gone amiss.

The features do a good job of enhancing Kirk’s performance while showing what they are capable of. Each puts thier passion into thier work to make the track they are on more special. Some guests who can sing may make some more interesting moments, but there is no doubt that the people on this do good work.

Overall, this is a laidback album that is a great stepping stone for Kirk Knight. It is as the title indicates and should be treated as such.

Drake – If Your Reading This It’s Too Late Review

This is a personal sounding project by Drake with some haunting production, but it is only showing a more toned down version of what we have already seen from him.

The production is good and does well to make a good base for Drake to try and show his lyrical skill. With its minimalist sound and interesting instrument choices, the beats blend together well while staying individual. Maybe some variation could create a more complete sounding project but the production on this is still enjoyable.

The lyricism is alright but is not on the level that could be expected of him. This project is on a more personal level which puts Drake in the position of making powerful tracks. This does mean that he puts touching sentiment ahead of clever wordplay but that is ok as that is the idea. He does this extremely well and creates some tracks with some good messages.

The features put in some good efforts but do not live up to the expectation of being on a Drake project. While they do try hard, they don’t shine and simply fill in space on their tracks until the next one begins.

Overall, this is a good effort from Drake to air out some of his personal life but it has too much singing Drake and not enough rapping Drake for it to appeal to a Hip Hop orientated audience.

Fashawn and Alchemist – FASH-ionably Late Review

This is a great and cohesive project from both Fashawn and Alchemist on their chosen area of the mixtape. Clocking in at only nine tracks long, this project had to be cohesive and it definitely is. This helps to make it an easy listening experience that leaves you wanting to listen to it again.

The production is great, taking you back to the nineties sound while being able to content with more modern production for entertainment. The sounds are reminiscent of times when rap was emerging as a force to be reckoned with and you can feel that in the chemistry between Alchemist and Fashawn.

The lyricism is very good and Fashawn excels in his story telling abilities. Fashawn is able to describe in his raps that the listener may as well be watching it unfold on a screen. His abilities remind the listeners of Nas as Fashawn is that good at the story telling. Fashawn shows great lyrical ability and he should continue to develop it further into the realms of greatness.

Fashawn goes it lyrically alone with no features, which is a bold choice in todays Hip Hop climate, but with his own lyrical ability being so great it isn’t a surprise. If he can go it alone without bringing in extra help, why not as it shows him in a stringer light as an artist.

Overall, this short mixtape is a great show of how a rapper and a producer can put out some great work together. It flows together well, tells some great stories and is entertaining to listen to. Fashawn and Alchemist should continue to work together and make great Hip Hop for lovers of the genre all across the world.