Lloyd Banks – Halloween Havoc 3 Review

This project shows that Lloyd Banks can still write absolute bars and that people should respect his name. This themed project doesn’t do the man justice, but is still a great listen.

The production is different, while the more horror-core influence to fit with the Halloween name. The use of darker sounds makes a great atmosphere but sounds like there could be something missing as it doesn’t have the high impact that makes it resonate with the listener. Maybe with a different or no theme, Banks could make some tracks to land harder with the listener.

The lyricism is gold with Banks showing why some call him the Punch Line King. His rhymes are all complex and full of top level wordplay that leaves the audience wanting more. His delivery can come across as monotone and his hooks need a little spicing up, but he is definitely one of the best writers out there right now.

Overall this is a great themed listen for Halloween, but much like Halloween it wont be around very long. However with no features it should show any rap fan that Lloyd Banks should be remembered for how well he writes rather than as simply a member of G-unit.

G-Unit – The Lost Flash Drive Review

This is a great representation of how not every track needs every member of the group. With 50 Cent missing for every track but one that doesn’t have the other members on it, the rest of the group do great to show they can step out form behind that shadow.

The production is good with plenty of variation in pace and boldness. There are plenty of beats that provide a great atmosphere without becoming the centre of attention, leaving lots of scope for the artists. Maybe some backings aimed further from underground street music would open up more avenues for the members, but the production selection here is all effective.

The lyricism is good from everyone and shows how cohesive the members can be. Each puts in good verses and energy that really improves this project with its level of entertainment. Some less street themed songs and some more mainstream music may help to raise the profile of the members, but they all do a great job.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen to remind people that G-Unit is more than just 50’s backup. Each shows they have the skills to be great artists and can work well without the head honcho.

G-Unit – The Kanan Tape Review

While this is almost a deluxe release of 50 Cent’s previous mixtape, the choice to include work from Young Buck and Lloyd Banks does add another dimension to the project. An odd choice but not necessarily a bad one.

The production is good with plenty of the gritty sounds that made 50 a success in the first place. The additional tracks all have the signature patterns that built up Young Buck and Lloyd Banks in the first place. All together this helps to make a cohesive project that could have done with a touch more refinement.

The lyricism is good with 50 returning to his grittier roots while keeping the angle of having too much money. The other main artists step up their delivery and complexity to show what they are capable of off the back of this tape. Some more changes in flow could create some more interesting moments, but what they rhyme on this is still great to listen to.

The features all help to make this more cohesive as a project by adding more voices to the view points. Each has a good verse that actually helps to show how G-Unit can work with newer talent as well as each other. Some more singers could help give more variety on this project but 50 takes the brunt of this talent himself with his ability on the hooks.

Overall, this project is definitely made up of three acts. there is 50 cents original Kanan Tape, followed by Young Bucks showing, finished with Lloyd Banks lyrical ability. The next G-Unit project will have all the members on it and they will all show ability like this.

G-Unit – The Beast is G-Unit Review

This is an enjoyable effort and should be seen as the other half of thier album when put together with thier previous EP “The Beauty of Independance”. It is still a cohesive listen but is of a more street level, much like thier debut album.

The production is great and comes across as very polished while being energetic and somewhat menacing in places. The sounds used combined with the nature of the songs help to make a set of songs that show each of the members showcasing thier rap style and how well they can rap over production of this quality.

The lyricism is great by some members but not so by others. However they all have powerful delivery and this helps make up for any lyrical shortcomings that may be found on this EP. It is possible that some more lyrical devices would improve this project but not by much as it is only six songs that all combine together well without too much lyrical input.

There aren’t any features which is good because there are five members of G-Unit and only six track on this EP. Any guests would have taken away valuable time from one of the members which would have made this project much less cohesive to listen to.

Overall, this is a good effort from G-Unit, but these batches of six songs need to be part of a longer project forthe world  ton see that the group can consistently churn out good music and can structure it into a full length release. It also couldn’t hurt to try a feature or two to see if the members can work with others outside the group.

Young Buck – Before The Beast Review

This is a good project for Buck to get back into the driving seat of his own projects and he does a good job bringing his energy and aggression to another project.

The production is good and compliments Buck’s style very well. The atmosphere on each track is a dark and gritty street level with some high life thrown in. Each song has enough differences in it to keep things interesting and on a short project like this, that is very important.

The lyricism is alright but the main focus is content and how catchy each track is. While some of it is clever wordplay and schemes, most of the entertainment value is around hooks that get stuck in your head and the street level content. If Buck included more lyrical devices in his raps, he may be able to entice a wider audience.

The features put in good efforts and help to create a cohesive listening experience. All of them put in good efforts and are enjoyable to listen to while bringing new perspectives to their tracks.

Overall, this is an entertaining listen but can lack substance. If he can put some more universal content instead of gritty street raps, he could start rising back into the ranks of popular rappers.