Blackalicious – Imani Vol 1 Review

This is a very enjoyable album with a good mixture of great production and complex lyricism. Both members of Blackalicious have done a great job on thier fields which combined with thier chemistry to make a really stand out project.

The production is fantastic and captures the tone of the content perfectly. Each of the beats is individual and does not run into any other. At the end of some somgs, there are powerful skits to add a stronger message to the tracks. There are no issues with the backing on here, but it would be interesting to see what Gab would do over different beats.

The lyricism s complex and fast paced to make very entertaining rhymes. Gab does a fantastic job of wrapping clever and witty ideas around intense wordplay to make songs with an important message that are hugely entertaining. There are no issues with this lyrical display and it has been shown to stand the test of time from previous projects.

The features do a good job of adding more depth to the album. Each does a good job on the track they are on while enhancing the Blackalicious vibe. Maybe some more varied guests could widen thier audiance, but the chemistry on this works very well.

Overall, this is a great album that will have listeners wanting the next two installments to come out sooner than planned. Both members of Blackalicious should continue to keep working with the ideas that mad ethis to keep thier success going.

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons To Die II Review

This album is a great continuation of the story as well as of the story telling ability that Ghostface posesses. While it may not have a hit songle, it does have a lot of replay ability for those who enjoy concept albums.

The production is classic RZA haunting minimalism. There is plenty of scope for content and for Ghostface to try a few different things. The beats work well with how the story flows which helps the project stay cohesive. A few more modern beats could balance the project out on the timeline more, however that would upset the atmosphere of the album and ruin the story.

The lyricism is good through this album and helps to add to the story telling element. While not overly complicated, it assists the imagery and makes it impact more on the listener. Some more rhymes with some more complexity could showcase Ghostface’s talent some more, however the way this story is told, it may have detracted from what the artists are saying.

The features all help to build this album up with the addition of thier verses. Each brings a lot of effort and a lot of great verses that add a lot to not only thier tracks, but the whole project. A few more singing features could have added another dimension to the album, but again, may not have fit with the story.

Overall, this is a great concept album that shows that not only does Ghostface have the ability to still make great albums, but that concept albums are making somewhat of a comeback after a few releases through the last few years.