Royce Da 5’9 – Book Of Ryan Review

This album feels like a continuation into Royce’s life that he started on “Layers”. Full of emotions, stories and clever rhymes, this is a masterpiece of music.

The production is amazing. There is a lot of different beats on offer and all help add up to a cohesive listen. There are some missteps where some songs try to cater for specific times and/or places like the club, but it is not like they do not fit the message of the track still.

The lyricism is fantastic as Royce continues to flaunt his incredible ability. The wordplay is smart and adds a level of detail to the anecdotes and helps expand the messages of the songs to bigger proportions. There are no complaints about Royce’s performance on this project as it is this ability that has allowed him to continue despite a few problems earlier in his career.

The features are great and show how a combination of A-List and lesser known artists can come together and create great tracks. Each does astonishing work showing their own skills as well as building upon the work Royce has already put down. There is also a good blend of singing to rapping to help give an extra edge to the project.

Overall, this release is the project that Royce needed to capitalise off the momentum gained from his last releases. Including his work as various duos and groups, this is the peak of his rap career so far and it looks like he is only getting started.

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Tech N9NE – The Storm Review

This is a lengthy release from Tech, but each song is entertaining. They might not all work as a full album listen through, but individually, these are good songs.

The production is great with plenty of energy keeping the album buzzing. Each beat makes a great atmosphere for the type of song which helps keep the listener interested. Maybe a few more slow tracks could give more of a balanced feel, but it may not fit with Tech’s particular style.

The lyricism is fantastic with some of the best wordplay this year. Tech bends words to his will as he crafts bar full of multi-syllable schemes as well as every other lyrical device. His flow may be a little fast for everyone, but it makes very entertaining tracks.

The features are good as they help keep tracks fresh considering how long this project is. Each puts in a great effort that shows the chemistry that the Strange Music roster has with each other. There is a good balance of rap and singing, but a few more artists who are singers could give a little more depth.

Overall, this is a good release from Tech N9NE but it is not as cohesive as his previous albums. While he does more than good work on this, a bit more direction could ave stream lined this a bit more.

Logic – Bobby Tarantino Review

This mixtape is more proof that Logic is already a big name and has the potential to go huge. His fast pace helps keep energy up while some big beats keep that momentum moving forward.

The production is excellent with a lot of interesting sounds used to make great backings with a lot of room for Logic to choose content. Each beat reflects Logic’s passion for the subject matter as well as his own character. His selection here is good and it will be interesting to see how his ear for the production will change as he goes on.

The lyricism is fantastic with complex schemes weaving intricate tapestries that leave the listener wanting more. Logic shows additional skill by being able to do this at such a pace that it takes several listens to catch all the different techniques he uses. No problems with the lyrical side of this at all.

The choice to have only one feature is good as it gives Logic more time to show what he is capable of and not just what the people he knows are capable of. The guest does a great job showing Logic can work with others as well as showcasing his own skills. Maybe on the next project, a few more people could make some more interesting moments.

Overall, this is a great place holder before the next album. Logic should be very happy with what he has put out here and should carry that into his next project.

PRhyme – PRhyme Deluxe Edition Review

This version of the album is great with all the greatness of the first outing with the addition of extra tracks that take nothing away from the original ones. The great chemistry between the duo continues on all four extra songs.

The production is all as great as it was before with the additional tracks only boosting the cohesiveness of the project overall.  The extra songs all still have thier amazing drive and cuts, while the new ones do a really good job of showing that they have even more greatness in the vault. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is still fantastic with Royce showing his level of consistency on the new tracks. He does not dip for a second and his unique flow help give him the edge over a lot of formulaic rappers out there right now. There are still no problems with what Royce is showing on these tracks.

The features all do a great job fleshing out this album and the extra tracks have the same thing. Each of the guests does a great job of pushing the track onward to further greatness and the comparison to Royce works wonders to boost ability. Some singers could have shown more sides of the duo, but thier selection of people to work with is fantastic.

Overall, this has all the greatness of the original but with the extras on here, it propels it further to stardom. Congratulations on taking something amazing and making it even better.

Logic – The Incredible True Story Review

This album sees Logic return with his fast paced and informative flow that shows a great deal of talent. With his ability to pack punches into a song and telling a story along the whole project, Logic is fast becoming a big name in Hip Hop.

The production is good with plenty of uplifting moments to keep the listener in a good mood and enjoying the music. Each song has similar traits but are differentiated by atmosphere and how it grips the listener. Maybe a change up in style could show that Logic can work with a wider vairety of rap music, but Logic works fantastically with what he has selected.

The lyricism is fantastic with Logic lacing every bar with wordplay and schemes. All the tracks have a delivery boost as Logic puts his spin on rap music. His actual rhymes never disappoint and will lead all purists  of lyrical displays to be hugely impressed. There are no problems with how Logic has put across his thought on this one.

The features help to broaden the horizon of the project with more than one voice. Each guest puts plenty of passion and effort into thier parts to help inflate the project to new hieghts and show that Logic works well with others. Maybe a couple more high profile features could have brought more attention to this album, but Logic takes the burden of being the biggest name himself and does a good job.

Overall, this album is a very enjoyable listen that will propel Logic to new hieghts. If he continues on this tradgectory, he is going to be flying high in Hip Hop circles very quickly.

Lil Durk – Remember My Name Review

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.

Demrick and Cali Cleve – Losing Focus Review

This album clearly is set to deal with issues that Demrick has while also being heavily involved in the drug related rap department. However this musical endeveur is an enjoyable listen, even if it does not quite hit the mark when it comes to connecting emotionally.

The production is fitting with the message that Demrick is trying to put across and Cali Cleve does well to weave it together. The combination of haunting and energetic helps the album explore a lot of ground as well as provide a song for all audiances in Hip Hop. Some radio ready tracks may help build thier profiles but the work done on this album has some very good beats in it.

The lyricism is clever and intricate throughout the whole project. Demrick does very well with his wordplay and rhyming schemes to attract the lyrical listeners in the rap game. There is a lot of entertaining and enjoyable rap moments on this project and should be seen as stepping stones on Demrick’s path to success.

The features are also very good on this album as they are growing or established names in Hip Hop already which helps to bring some diversity to the project and each of them puts in a good effort. Every verse fits in with the tracks message perfectly and each has thier own intricate schemes that build the fun of this album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you are into drugs and are inclined towards an emotional mood. If not, you can still enjoy this album based exclusively on the high quality of lyricism involved in this musical effort.