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.

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Joe Budden – All Love Lost Review

This album is full of great personnal stories that are fantastic if you have been following or are looking to follow Joe Budden as an artist. If that is not the case, then this is not the album for you as it does not contain a lot of universal songs.

The production is interesting as it is deep with a lot of space for Budden to tell his story. While they would hold thier own weight, the story telling that Budden does over the top rteally makes the tracks, even if he sounds uncomfortable over some of them. Maybe some more energetic tracks could show that he can still appeal to the mainstream, but otherwise this is a very small audiance to be aiming at.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic while combining in the story telling element. Being one quarter of the greatest groups Hip Hop has seen, he shows he knows his way around a rhyme and litters this project with not only emotional content, but creative ways of getting it across. He may want to look at how he comes across over a beat, but as he grew up freestyling this is somewhat explained. maybe somthing to look at in the future however.

The features all help take care of the hooks as Joe knows he is not the best at this part of song making. Each puts in a lot of passion to help build the cohesiveness of the project, as Budden puts so much of himself in his music. Maybve some features from other genres would help with the chorus and add another edge to the songs.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you understand where Joe Budden has come from and how his songs work. If not, then you may want to familiarise youself with his previous work to prepare for this.

Insane Clown Posse – The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost) Review

This album is the group name personified. It is full of dark tones and crazy rhymes that can be enjoyed if you are not of the faint of heart.

The production is dark and almost soul crushing. There are a lot of lower pitch noises and crunching sounds that help bring the atmosphere down to the level of the tracks. All the beats are similar but distinctive. Some beats that have a somewhat cheerier background could show a more complete project but would not fit in with the groups style.

The lyrics may not be complex but slide into the beats wonderfully. The aggression and almost depression of the lyrics fit with the backing beats and create the gruesome images that they are portraying. Some tracks with brighter messages could show they have skills that apply to more types of tracks, but this album requires the dark side for its theme.

Overall, this is a great showing from Insane Clown Posse with thier signature style and topic of song, but is not for the light hearted and cheery. They keep it aggressive and graphic while being enjoyable still.

Joe Budden – Some Love Lost Review

Joe Budden returns in emotional rap mode to make a thoughtful and solemn EP. This project is full of the classic Joe Budden that talks deeply about his personal life and how it impacts his music career. It is clear that he doesn’t just make music for the masses. He makes music for his fans and, it would seem, as a form of therapy.

The production is full of emotional and brooding sounds and instruments that fit perfectly with the overall tone and message that Budden is trying to get across. The atmosphere created is a combination of suspense, fearĀ  and undertones of anger and it all leads to the perfect canvas for Budden to paint his message on.

The lyricism is of course there and helps with the story telling element of the project. Although most of it is emotional messages and personal tales of problems and anecdotes, the way they are weaved together and described with wordplay and intricate rhyme schemes is masterful and makes you want to keep listening to find out the rest of the story.

The features are good and assist in building up the tracks so that it builds up into not just a Joe Budden story, but a much wider reaching tale. While it is only on two tracks, they open up the possibilities of his upcoming album by showing he can work with a wider range of people than just Slaughterhouse, although they are a fantastic hip hop group.

Overall, this EP is a glimpse into Joe Budden’s mind-set as he gears up for his next full length album and it is full of his emotional pain and suffering that he is channelling into another great album.