This EP is a good showing of the talents that AJ Tracy possesses. He picks a good selection of beats as well as using his solid rhyming skills to keep his core audience wanting more.
The production is great with plenty of energy to keep the momentum pushing through all six tracks. They are each strong and could stand on their own without my assistance from other artists. Maybe trying something a little less grimey could show more diversity.
The lyricism is good with Tracey using his wordplay with his delivery for interesting results. The bars are fast paced and his unique tone helps keep his rhymes fresh. However, while repetition does help to make songs more memorable, more than maybe a couple lines used over and over to make one hook might make impact.
Overall, with the features doing well, this is a very good showing for AJ Tracey. He could experiment with a few other styles of rap music, but he knows what works for him and how to do it with great effectiveness.
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.
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.
This is a great album for progression in Hip Hop. Lil Dicky expertly shows a fresher opinion of what is achieveable in the rap game for those of different backgrounds to the original blueprint.
The production is great with a fantastic blend of new and old school sounds. This allows for a lot of scope and for Lil Dicky to show how talented he is while exploring where he fits in the hierarchy of rappers. Some slower beats could show that Lil Dicky works with even more diverse beats, however what he works with here is not even close to bad.
The lyricism is excellent with fast paced rhymes that are laced with a variety of techniques. Lil Dicky crams a lot into his songs in terms of volume while keeping things complex and interesting to listen to. A few slower sections would show that Dicky can use more than speed, but he does well to showcase so much talent from a relative newcomer.
The features do a great job allowing Lil Dicky into the rap world with such an embrace. Each brings a lot to their verses or hooks which are all cohesive to the project and have chemistry with each other as well as the main artist. A few more singing as well as higher ranking players could make more of a balanced project and possibly push Lil Dicky a bit harder, however there is no doubt that the people on here do a great job.
Overall, this album is fantastic and works very well in promoting Lil Dicky to the world. He should be proud of the steps he has taken here in putting other rappers to shame by being honest and not trying to be someone he is not.
This is a mixtape populated with generic songs with a slightly above average delivery and extremely average wordplay. Lil Reese is doing little to push himself into the public eye.
The production is good, but it doesn’t act as great backing. Each one can be enjoyed and there is a lot of cohesion between the beats. A few more backings where Lil Reese doesn’t struggle to be better than the beat would improve this project, however that does not appear ot be his style.
The lyricism is average and does not really add to the experiance of the songs, which is unfortunate. Lil Reese uses some good techniques but there is nothing memorable about what he is rapping. He needs to develop more impact with what he is saying by delivery and substance.
The features are alright and show how much Lil Reese needs to improve. Each brings a good verse and a better chemistry with the production. Some features that push Lil Reese to new heights without over shadowing him would be better choices.
Overall, this mixtape could be better crafted but possesses enough falr that people who are already fans of Lil Reese could enjoy it. However for the masses, it may fall flat.
This album has a good stab at making a lot of different songs for different listeners in Hip Hop, with a lot of diversity. However Durk does not really excell on a lot of them. They are perfectly good songs but it comes across as Durk stretching himself a bit thin, especially with all the autotune.
The production is incredible, with a lot of really good individual beats that are a great canvas for Durk to work with. There is not as much of a range of backings as there is styles over them, but there is plenty of diversity in them and they are all enjoyable. There is no issue with the production really, a good beat selection.
The lyricism is alright with a few lyrical techniques used to embelish the rhymes. However none of the lyricism is going to attract that side of Hip Hop to come and listen to this album. The other point is Durk’s delivery which seems to be autotuned on almost every track which detracts slightly from what he is saying and the impact that it has. Maybe if he left the technology behind a bit and showed his raw talent more, this would feel more like a Hip Hop album.
The features are great and add another dimension to the album. Each breaks up the monotony of hearing one voice well and they all being a great verse or chorus. It also shows good chemistry with others in the industry. A few features higher up the rap ladder could show growth, but Durk has chosen good people to assisst on this project.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album which will have at least one song on it that you enjoy. A full listen through can still be enjoyed but Durk hides behind autotune so much that it takes away from how entertaining an album this could be. One of the stronger debuts of the year so far.
This album is a great comback for Boosie after his incarceration and after putting in work on other peoples projects. He takes all his effots growing as an artist and his connections made with other artists to craft an album with a great balance of fun, emotions and guests.
The production is excellent and works perfectly with each track’s message. The beats are all diverse and definately wont be confused with each other, while also staying true to the message of each track. Maybe mixing up the structure of the album to space out the emotional content could help to make a whole listen through easyier to digest but it is all still entertaining to hear a whole play through.
The lyricism is good and is improving still, but falls short of perfect. Boosie fills his song with wordplay and the lines that don’t have a rap technique in, he fills with passion and emotion so that it has a good amount of impact with the listener. He may want to try and add a touch more complex wordplay into a few more lines to pull in the lyrical purists.
The features all put in a good job assisting Boosie on the tracks. They each write great verses and put on fantastic performances that lead to great cohesion over the album. A lot of big names are involved in the credits and shows how far Boosie has come in his career.
Overall, this album has a lot of great points and with no obvious mis-steps, this is an easy album to listen to. It could still be a bit smoother and Boosie could still improve his lyricism, but there is no doubt that he has been able to craft one of the better albums of this year so far.
This mixtape does have some great vibes and atmospheres but there are also a few mis-steps that slow the project right down and can almost stop the entertainment altogether. Snootie needs to take that away and work on removing the slow downs.
The production is patchy and varies from track to track on how effective it is. On some songs, the beat is exactly what the song needs and on others it doesn’t fill the void and leaves the song feeling empty. Snootie should select beats with a bit more substance and that offer more of a base for him to build on.
The lyricism is alright but could certainly improve. Delivery and performance are what make the words land with the listener, but there is very little complexity within the wordplay. Snootie should work on making his lyrics smarter to draw in a wider audiance.
The features are alright but don’t always fit in with Snootie Wild’s style. Most bring good effort and enjoyable verses, but there is some laziness and it can bring the project down as a whole. Snootie may want to find some guests with a more competitive spirit to make more interesting tracks.
Overall, some of this project is exactly right and is very entertaining. However there are moments of bad decisions that bring the project down and make it less enjoyable.
This is a Wayne project that shows that Wayne is starting to strike out and get that hinger back rather than just making more mediocre songs. This can only lead to great tracks from a great rapper.
The production is good with the mixture of new beats and some from other popular tracks. Each brings a new challenge for Wayne and makes for an interesting listen. All the tracks bring energy to the listen through and helps make this a good project.
The lyricism is improved from previous Wayne projects. He works more at using rap techniques instead of relying on his reputation to sell music. There is much more use of clever wordplay and this opens up the songs ot a wider audience in Hip Hop.
The features are good as well as Wayne which helps bring the level of skill on these tracks up even higher. Each helps to show a contrast to Wayne and help to bring more depth to a mixtape that needed a touch more emotion.
Overall, this is a good project with plenty of good tracks, but needs a touch more emotion to be appealing to all of Hip Hop’s audience rather than most. Wayne needs to continue in this vein with this hunger and he will rise quickly to the top of the elite in the music business, let alone Hip Hop.
This project would feel like a collection of uncohesive DJ Mustard songs if the skits weren’t in there. That is the danger with making an album from a producers side of things. However DJ Mustard has done a better job than most by actually keeping a lot of the same features on different songs as this helps to keep a feeling of consistency. The skits add a nice touch of breaking up the songs with nice little pieces of insight into what DJ Mustard is aiming for, namely total radio and musical takeover.
The vocals on this album are good, with all the features putting in good efforts on their verses and hooks, and with some big names thrown in there. The only problem is, while it can make some of them catchy, the hooks on a lot of the songs are very repetitive and in some cases just one line repeated over and over, see “Ghetto Tales” and “Guiseppe”. This is the new emerging trend that can make some songs feel like they are slowing down and not keeping up with the style of beat DJ Mustard is trying to supply.
The production is of course fantastic with DJ Mustards signature style shining through on every track. With each track individually, his signature style is a bonus and keeps the track fresh. However, if you listen to the album all the way through the production can start to sound a bit monotonous and missing a bit more variation, although it does start to change very late on in the album.
Overall, this is a good album to nod your head to and pick out your favourites to listen to, but can become a little bit of a chore to listen to the whole thing when you start playing it. A touch more variation and maybe even another skit or two would take this album a long way, but DJ Mustard has put in a solid effort and should be commended for opening up new production paths for the people.