Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice Review

This release shows that despite his recent legal troubles, Freddie Gibbs can still make entertaining music. This release may be compact but it has great repay value.

The production is great with a lot of dark sounds to fit with the theme of the project. Each might have similar aspects, however none of them feel like formulaic which helps the level of cohesion on the release. Maybe something lighter would give the listeners something to move around to, but this is clearly designed to be a brooding project.

The lyricism is solid with a good variations in delivery and flow to help keep things feeling fresh. The wordplay is enjoyable but can become a little slurred in the faster sections. Maybe a bit more emphasis on the annunciation of the words could help make this a little less work to listen to.

Overall, with no features to steal any of the spotlight, Freddie Gibbs has made a great release. It will be interesting to see where his career heads next.

P Money -Live & Direct Review

This is a fun release from P Money because despite some of the more emotional content, the way it is crafted keeps plenty of momentum going. P does well to have such diverse content in these conditions.

The production is much more electronic than other releases but helps to show that P Money is willing to try new things and explore the world of music more. Each is individual and yet cohesive to the others so that a full listen through doesn’t become work. The experiment with these kinds of beats have worked well and it will be interesting how P develops further in the future.

The lyricism is good with a strong delivery helping to bolster the performance. Solid wordplay as well as variation of flows helps make this entertaining as well as allowing the rhymes to land home hard. This is a great showing by P Money as he should continue to develop as an artist and put out music like this, but maybe a little less repetition in the hooks.

The features are good too as they have some strong performances as well as Money bringing up some newer talent too. Each showcases their own abilities and helps to make this the cohesive project that it is. Possibly a little more singing could help but this is still a great selection.

Overal, this is a fun and enigmatic album that should have some serious success. P Money should get more attention from audiences with this release.

Pimp C – Long Live The Pimp Review

This is a great album for that signiture southern sound as well as the content Pimp C is known for. May he rest in peace knowing this album is enjoyable and entertaining.

The production is full of the deep south and there are no complications about it wanting to sound otherwise. The beats all have that bounce to give it that energy that Pimp C thrives off of while not sounding similar and still sounding diverse. There are no issues with the selection on here as it only brings strength to this project.

The lyricism may not be complex but the delivery and performance is amazing which really boosts the songs. The humour and unique content perspective really help give this a unique edge that makes it stand out against the other projects releasing at the same time. The rhymes on this are definately only a good thing for the rap game.

The features help fill the space in the songs with equally enjoyable verses. Pimp C has a whole host of great stars jump on these tracks to help make them amazing songs and finish this album up. Maybe some singers could give this more of a balance but there are no issues with who has got on it.

Overall, this album is very good for fans of Pimp C and southern Hip Hop. With plenty of interesting moments to keep listeners coming back, Pimp C would be proud of this project if he was here to see it.

Casey Veggies – Live And Grow Review

This is a great album as it is laid back while being upbeat enough to stay interesting. Casey Veggies makes an interesting set of tracks that will appeal to a lot of listeners.

The production is great with many dimensions that make each track very enthralling. The beats have a wessst coast feel but with a few more intricate parts to keep the interest up. There are no problems with the selection on this project, but Casey may want to try some different backings in the future to show he can work with more of a variety.

The lyricism is good and makes the verses stand out. Casey Veggies uses a range of lyrical devices to keep his rhymes interesting while showing how he has grown in the industry. Again, there are no real issues with this but some experimentation with flows could show how Casey is still looking to grow further.

The features do a good job of showing how Casey works with others, which all works very well. Each guest has a good verse and makes this much more cohesive as a project. Some features that sing or that are from a different genre could make some more exciting moments, but Casey picked some good poeple to be on this album.

Overall, this album is great to listen to, has plenty of replay value and is a good showcase for Casey Veggies. He is a talented artist with a bright future.

Travis Porter – 3 Live Krew Review

This project is a very one track re-imagined into fifteen remakes. All the songs come across as single dimensional and it does not make for a lot of replay ability, with fifteen songs about women and what Travis does/will do to them does not make for stretched enjoyable listening.

The production is alright but can seem repetitive due to the lack of substantial content. The beats are not encapsulating but can be good for one listen if you need a bit of a pick me up. More beats that try to explore more messages in Hip Hop would improve this project by making it more rounded to the audiance.

The lyricism is alright but is too focused on one topic to be really impressive. While Travis does a good job of managing to write enough rhymes about that particular topic but it does not have a lot of lyrical acrobatics or much that is complex but it can be mildly entertaining on the first listen.

The features are also enjoyable the first time, but it can be stale as they are simply saying the same things as Travis. Each puts in some good effort that helps create some more creative verses but it is difficult to connect with. Possibly, some features from further a field than Hip Hop could make some more interesting songs, especially since these are repetitive.

Overall, this project shows that Travis Porter can make songs about women but he needs to expand his range and utilise his words more effectively. He has shown he can make a track for one audiance in Hip Hop but needs to be able to talk to more listeners.

Paul Cain – Long Live The Cain Review

This is a good reminder about Paul Cain’s existence in Hip Hop but it would be good to see more from him. Having not released a full length album as he mentioned on this project, he does show he can rap and rap well, however limited the content may be.

The production is good and makes the project easier to listen to. The beats blend well into Cain’s vocals and help to create tracks that become easier to listen to. Some modern sounds in some retro patterns help to make this a more enjoyable listen than just using more basic beats.

The lyricism is alright but is more sentenced on performance than actual wordplay. The delivery is strong and powerful and this helps to make the average lyricism seem better and helps show Cain as a good rapper, which he undoubtedly is. However he may be considered a great rapper if he upped the complexity level of his wordplay.

The features are good and help to give an extra edge to the level of diversity on the mixtape. Cain is a good rapper but it is good to hear some other voices when Cain has such a low natural pitch that it can sometimes become monotonous. They have some good lyrical abilities and help bring new levels of depth to the mixtape.

Overall, this is a short and cohesive mixtape but needs some fresh content. Cain may also want to play more of a lyrical game and get more of his old acquaintances involved to help build more atmosphere on the tracks.