Demrick – Came A Long Way Review

This release shows some personal growth from Demrick, as an artist and a person. There are comparative points of high life living, but it is mostly an exploration of a deeper self.

The production has a timeless feel, with a feeling of opening up the listener so they are ready to receive the emotional content. None of the beats override the lyrics which helps the artist stay the focus point of the music, but would feel empty without the rappers input. Maybe something with a little more strength and body could make a tougher feeling album, although that is not the point of this release so the selection still works well.

The lyricism is strong as Demrick builds upon his foundation of clever wordplay. He makes more use of his singing tones, as well as a few more special effects, to great affect on these tracks which helps to give them more dimension. Maybe a little more variation of flow could create a few more interesting moments, but there is no doubt that Demrick has a strong performance on this album.

The features are good and help add ot the stories told on the songs they are on. However the project is not particularly long and they do take valuable time from the main artist. While the balance between rapping and singing is very delicate, this project does strike that balance very well which helps keep the project flowing.

Overall, this is a good release for Demrick to keep his career moving. While people who have been following him might see how he has moved forward, this album does not possess the wow power to bring in a lot of new listeners, but there are still high hopes for the future as This is still quality music.

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.

Krept And Konan – The Long Way Home Review

This album has a great balance of all aspects of Hip Hop. There is content, features, beats and lyricism for all rap listeners to enjoy. Krept and Konan flex thier rhyme muscles hard on this album and it comes out as a great project for them and the UK scene.

The production is excellent and is a good blend of refined commercial backing with gritty street tones. The beats all create the atmosphere that enhances the track and helps the impact of the message from each song. It is possible that there are a few more commercial sounds than raw grind that the core audiance enjoys, but this album still has a mostly even balance.

The lyricism is clear and excellent on every track. Each bar is full of a clever lyrical technique that shows not only how intelligent the rappers are, but also how creative rap can be. A few rhymes may go over peoples heads, however that is not the artists fault.

The features are fantastic and all help make this album as great as it is. Each of them help to make this album more of an international effort as well as using thier own skills to show thier level of talent compared to Krept and Konan. Possibly a few more singing features would help on more of the emotional tracks. On the other hand the main artists do a great job on the hooks themselves.

Overall, this is a great album that should appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. Krept and Konan should be beyond proud of how this album has finished off.

A$AP Rocky – AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP Review

This album has a lotof the same elements as his previous effort that was a big hit with audiances and this should be also. While there arent any outragously club or party tracks, it is all heartfelt and enjoyable to a majority of listeners.

The production is excellent and all comes together to help showcase Rocky’s skills. Each beat has a different feel while some may appear similar, but if the listener pays the slightest amount of attention, the differences are clear and help show how cohesive this project is. Bringing some more energetic music into it may help to create a more all round project but Rocky has done well to keep his individual tastes through his beat selection.

The lyricism is good and helps to take what Rocky is saying and show the message clearly to the listener. Rocky has done well to improve upon what he had when it came to technical skills and to keep the level of lyricism to a good standard. On the other hand it is not as complicated as it could be, to attract the elitest lyrical listeners, but Rocky is effective with his rhymes.

The features are all effective on thier tracks and help to build up the level of cohesion on the project. Each guest is selected to work perfectly with the beat they are on and this helps each of them to produce verses to rival Rockys own. Some guests to open Rocky up to a wider selection of genres may make tracks to appeal to an even wider audiance, however that may not have made this an easy listen for Hip Hop purists.

Overall, this album has built on the success of Rockys previous efforts and has shown growth as an artist. Rocky should use this momentum to build up more of A$AP Mob and to take his brand to new heights.

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.