Drake – More Life Review

This is a nice release from Drake with plenty of energy to make a listen through a delight. Drake is right to call this a playlist instead of an album because it is not so balanced as an album should be, but makes a great playlist for almost any situation.

The production is fantastic with all the elements that helped make Drake a household name to begin with. There are influences from grime to dancehall that help keep the palette fresh and cleansed as you listen through the whole project. The beat selection here is fantastic, but maybe a few more slower songs would give this a little more diversity.

The lyricism is great with Drake flexing his wordplay muscles as well as as continuing to shine with his singing. He takes a few subliminal shots at other artists but in ways that still show creativity and that he is still working to stay the top artist in the world right now. There are no problems with Drake’s performance on this project as he continues his run of greatness.

The features are great and show how Drake is growing as an artist. He is not worried about just choosing the biggest names, but instead chooses the artists he wants to work with. All of them do a good job and help make this release more cohesive.

Overall, this is a very entertaining listen through and could be a step into the future of music releases. Instead of trying to make an album that shows every side of you, Drake makes a list of songs that sound great all the way through, and maybe that is the direction the industry is headed in.

Big K.R.I.T – All My Life Review

This album has a lot of what K.R.I.T has done before but with renewed vidor and energy. While there are a lot of comparison to previous projects, there are definately some fresher attempts to make the songs appealing to listeners.

The production is great with a lot of more traditional instruements  used to give this a smoother ride and more of an easy listening appeal. There are plenty of good beats for K.R.I.T to use with plenty of scope for content. Maybe some more varied backings could show more of a universal appeal for K.R.I.T but he does well over what he has chosen here/

The lyricism is good but does not seem as complex as it could be. It does not seem like the actual rhymes had too much thought and the focus is on the message which gets lost in the production. Some more focus on lyrical complexity could go a long way.

The features do well in adding another dimension to the project. Each bring s aoog verse to the projhect but does not propel the track they are on as intended. Maybe some more varied styles of rapper could have created some more interesting moments.

Overall, this project has some great moments but they are few and far between. K.R.I.T may need ot look into changing his formula if he wants to bring in a larger audiance.

Murs – Have A Nice Life Review

This project is great in every way. Mars has put together a project with at least one track for ny Hip Hop audiance and enough emotional content to really connect with the listener.

The production is excellent and moulds well to the message of each track. All the beats are smooth and cohesive with enough diversity that there is no confusion between the songs. Some more tracks with a lighter energy may have appealed to a more mainstream audiance but Murs does well to stick to what he knows and make some very enjoyable tracks.

The lyricism is good and helps make his imagery more vivid. While it won’t put him in most people’s top five, it all fits together very well and flows seamlessly together. A few more complicated rhymes would not have gone amiss but Murs does a great job putting pen to paper to create some entertaining raps.

The features all do a great job diversifying the project and adding another great touch to the album. Each puts in great effort and does a fantastic job doing what is required on the tracks. A few more features from his label mates or other EP figures may have made some more interesting offerings but the choice to not put them in gives Murs more of a chance to show his own talents.

Overall, this is a fantastic album that Murs has crafted that can be enjoyed by a whole variety of people. Murs has taken another opportunity to show the world why he is an independent powerhouse and he does exactly that.

Rae Sremmurd – Sremm Life Review

This is a complete party album with a touch of feelings thrown in for good measure. There are a lot of energetic tracks to get the blood going with the ocassional thought about consequences thrown in for good measure.

The production is good as Mike-Will Made It is behind a lot of it. His signature style plays well with the artists delivery and flow which helps to make each song individually good as well as the project overall. The sounds on each track are signature to Mike-Will made it and help to make this a more focused effort on the production side of things.

The lyricism is not great but with the energy put in and the performance put in, helps to make these good songs. While there is some lyricism present on these tracks, the duo don’t put in too much lyricism to make these tracks appealing. These songs are mostly aimed at the club goers and head bangers and it targets that audience beautifully.

The features are good and help give some extra depth to the album while also showing that Rae Sremmund have some music industry connections. The featured artists give great verses that, in a lyrical sense, show up Rae Sremmurd. However the tracks are very enjoyable to listen to.

Overall, this is a good project for Rae Sremmurd to get their name recognised and to help in the resurgence of duos and groups. With the team around them, and the energy they put into their tracks. they have a chance to go very far in the Hip Hop world.