Freeway – Think Free Review

This release shows that despite any health issues, Freeway can still make quality music. He has kept everything that made him a great rapper and improves upon any weaknesses he may have had.

The production is amazing, with some classic offerings blending in with some more modern beats. Each backing accurately reflects the content and message of the lyrics and helps build a cohesive and fluid listening experience. Maybe a few more times on more pop beats will help Freeway be a little more comfortable on the tracks, since he doesn’t sound perfectly at home, but this is still a great selection here.

The lyricism is fantastic with Freeway utilizing his strong delivery to help the impact of his rhymes. There is strong wordplay that really helps with the descriptive aspect of the project. There are no issues with Freeway’s performance here as he even plays a little with his flow.

The features are, on paper, strong choices. However while some pull of great performances and show how clever their rhymes can be, others let the opportunity slide and give less than average verses. Hopefully Freeway will take this experience and not play to what he thinks the audience will enjoy, and make what he thinks is great music.

Overall, this is a great release from a veteran of the rap game. Moving forward, hopefully he can continue to have output like this and make records for real hip hop heads to enjoy.

Meek Mill – Wins And Losses Review

This release is another showing of force from Meek Mill, with a renewed vigour for success. After a turbulent time, he has shown how he can pull it together to make good music.

The production is energetic and helps keep the pace as the project plays. Each song with similar atmospheres all have a lot of the same elements, but are varied enough that they don’t get confused for each other. Maybe something with more of an easy listening feel would help include another audience, but would not fit with Meek Mill’s delivery.

The lyricism is strong with plenty of wordplay and clever punchlines. With some poignant messages in the mix here, the impact is huge with the delivery and performance aspects boosting them. a softer delivery might show that Meek is expanding his repertoire, but having already added a lot to his arsenal here, it is not a big miss.

The features are great and help with the cohesiveness of this album. Each makes a great effort and shows their own skills, which always fit with the song they are on. A guest from further afield than the rap game would help make some more interesting moments, but this is a small price for the results displayed on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album with some great moments and little filler. Meek Mill can hopefully take this and have a more stable year to come.

Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti Review

This release shows that in these modern times, the beats make the product. Playboi Carti doesn’t do a bad job, but it can be repetitive and sounds similar to a lot of artists out at the moment.

The production is interesting with a lot of potential while sounding sonically pleasing. There are a lot of low tone noises to contrast to Carti’s singing and high tones, but not enough to make the tracks great. The backings are good canvas to paint on, but they aren’t strong enough to stand on their own.

The lyricism is not complex or complicated and comes across as basic. Carti seems to depend highly upon his delivery which also seems to rely on autotune. A bit more effort to layer his wordplay would go a long way.

The features break up the monotony, but most are still similar to Cardi’s own style. Each puts in a good effort but not all totally pay off. Something further from his comfort zone would create a lot more songs that would appeal to a wider audience.

Overall, this is a disappointing release that is absurdly average. Playboi Carti should look at his formula and modify it to push himself to do more and do better.

Lil Uzi Vert And Gucci Mane – 1017 Vs The World Review

This project is a strange release because it isn’t very long but is not as cohesive as would be expected. Both the artists do their thing but it doesn’t grab the listener the way some of their solo releases have.

The production is strong with some very memorable beats from some strong talent. Each is strong, with similarities to each other but without being confused for one another. Both the artists usually use these type of beats so something further from their comfort zone would be an interesting mix.

The lyricism is not great but the performance factor helps to improve the rhymes. While there is some wordplay, it isn’t intended to be a main focus here as they rely more on delivery to be the biggest factor. Some more complicated rhymes might open this up to a wider audience.

Overall, this is an entertaining release because of the energy and vibrant nature of the music. However it has no longevity and some evolution of the artists may keep them making money.

A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol 1: Friends Review

This project definitely has the cohesive feel that comes with people who are close making music. It is a shame that a lot of the songs are in the same vein, but they are done well.

The production is good and really punctuates the rhymes with the amount of emotions somehow crammed in. Each beat has a lot of similarities, which can often happen with total in house production, but they are all effective in getting the energy across. A few more variations on the beats wouldn’t hurt but all the backings are still very much enjoyable.

The lyricism is entertaining and the different delivery of each Mob member helps keep things fresh as the project plays out. A lot of solid bars are scattered throughout the album, but there is the odd miss step which is quickly covered up with another rhyme. A bit more consistency would make this flow just a little easier.

The features are good with some big names keeping things moving. Each puts in a good verse or uses their signature talents to bring their own flavour to the songs. Some singing could lighten up this project full of deeper tones and noises.

Overall, this project is a good showing of each of the members abilities and how well they work together. It will be interesting to see how they progress with future endeavours.

Meek Mill – DC4 Review

This project is very entertaining and shows that Meek Mill still has a passion for rap despite all the beef he finds himself in. It is good to see he is better than just a target for any number of rappers.

The production is good with plenty going on in the background to support the lyrics. Each beat contains similar elements but are diverse enough that they are not too much alike. Some slower songs could help balance this mixtape out, but Mill has a strong selection to work with here.

The lyricism is good but is not fantastic. Meek Mill relies on his delivery a bit too much and his rhymes do suffer slightly because of it. While they are still clever, his lines need a bit more complexity to appeal to a wider audience.

The features are ok but many run in the same vein and have thier own weaknesses. There is a lot of autotune that doesn’t work great with the beats and Mill’s own style as well as many other shout rappers that sound similar to the main artist. Some more variation would go a long way on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project because of the energy running through and the fun that comes from it, but it does have its pitfalls. Meek Mill shout take what is in this mixtape and refine it for a future album.

Fabolous – Summertime Shootout 2 Review

This is a great project as it keeps Fabolous in the public eye, showing his skills, as well as being a refreshing step back towards lyricism for Hip Hop. This builds on the work of the first installation to make this a promising staple for rappers everywhere.

The production is great as it is very summer like as the title suggests. The beats are light and airy which allows the listener to float back to summer memories while being entertaining and enjoyable. There are no problems with the beat selection as they fit perfectly with the aim of this project.

The lyricism is excellent with Fabolous not missing a step to add wordplay to every bar. He adds a lot of lyrical genius to these songs and lifts the whole genre back towards smarter rhymes. Maybe some more changes in pace and flow would make for a more balanced performance, but Faboloous does a really incredible job of making this project amazing.

The features help to add points of comparison for Fabolous as well as fleshing out the tracks. Each puts in a good effort and, with some big names, show that Fabolous is one of the big players in the rap game. The guests do a great job of adding more summer feelings to this mixtape.

Overall, this project is fantastic and should be celebrated by listeners everywhere. Fabolous should continue to put out this music so maybe Hip Hop doesn’t forget to have clever lines.

Lil Uzi Vert -The Perfect Luv Tape Review

This is an entertaining mixtape that has some replay ability but won’t be breaking any records. Lil Uzi Vert makes these tracks work together and helps keep things enjoyable.

The production is good with a lot of energy and positiveness going through the whole project. Each track is individual without running into the next one, but is cohesive enough so it isn’t a stop start listen through. Maybe some more diversity could make a more balanced mixtape but the theme of this project helps tie it all together.

The lyricism is good but not fantastic. Lil Uzi Vert relies on his delivery for a portion of the entertainment and while this is important, a few more technical attempts would help push this towards greatness. The rhymes are definitely still entertaining for the listener.

The features are good and help vary the project more. Each puts in a good effort and helps to flesh out the tracks they are on. Maybe some more singers could help bring in a wider audience with more crossover value but the guests on this do a great job.

Overall, this is great for people who want more connecting music between the new and older ages of Hip Hop, but there is still a long way to go and a few more technical skills to be polished. Lil Uzi Vert has made his name known and now needs to push himself to show he is better than others.

DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.

The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.

The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.

Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.

Skeme – Inglewood 2 Review

This is a great project with a lot of range in content and the audiance it may appeal to. Skeme shows that he can make songs for almost any Hip Hop listener and that he can do it well.

The production is excellent and blends well with Skeme’s style of rap. The beats are diverse with a fair amount of style variation and can be distinguished from one another easily. It is possible that Skeme should try a few backings with more of a mainstream feel, but may not want to compromise his integrity to gain more fame.

The lyricism is also good with Skeme stepping up his currant skills with more wordplay. Every bar seems to contain a rap technique that helps with the imagery and really boost how Skeme is coming along as an artist. He could still try changing his flow up a bit on songs for a touch more impact but he is definitely improving and making good rhymes.

The features are all good and show a great range of people that Skeme can work with. All the guests bring good verses that really boost the tracks and make the project more cohesive. There are no wrong choices with these guests and they all work together well.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape that shows many sides of Skeme. He does well to craft such varied rhymes and should be commended on his work ethic.