This release shows more of his lyrical talent and emotions than his last release which shows him in a series of different lights. His musical skill is fantastic and this project will help secure his place as a great wordsmith.
The production is great because it keeps the project flowing without overriding the actual rhymes. Each leaves space to manoeuvre as Soul requires with his unique flow. Maybe some more energetic offerings might show a more complete picture of Ab-Soul, but these beats all go well with the messages he is putting across.
The lyricism is strong with each song benefiting from the flow and delivery, as well as the wordplay. Ab-Soul paints vivid pictures and tells good stories with his bars, and shows a lot of dexterity. Possibly some more aggressive emotion would show a more whole human being, but Soul does a great job reflecting on this side of his.
The features are great as it helps bring new characters into this story.. Each has a good effort that shows their skills as well as helping this project to stay cohesive. With some singers in the mix, this is a good guest selection to have.
Overall, this release is great as a listen through as well as an emotional roller coaster for Ab-Soul. Hopefully he can take a good spot in the charts with this release to get more recognition than he is currently getting.
This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.
The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.
The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.
Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.
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.
This album is fantastic and shows great growth from Mac Miller. He crafts this album with stories of personal journey and uses his life experiance to make relatable tales.
The production is great as it does not override the rhymes while being creative and enjoyable. The beats are all different from each other while keeping the signiture sound of Mac Miller. He has chosen backings that accentuate his talents and make really great tracks.
The lyricism is good and helps with the descriptive portion of storytelling. Mac Miller uses a range of techniques to heep his raps fresh and interesting to the listener while being able to get his point across with a good amount of impact. Maybe some more variation in his delivery could enhance some moments, but he certainly does not slack on this album.
The features bring a good comparison to the project as they all bring good verses that push Miller on. The performances they pull off all help show that they are more than competant and that they can compete with Mac Miller as a great MC. Some more guests from different genres could make some amazing moments as Miller has a lot of crossover skills, but he has chosen guests well for this project.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable and entertaining album that has plenty of replay value and is more than worth the wait. Mac Miller should be proud of fighting his struggles as well as making a great album.
This album is repetitive and does nothing for Hip Hop or Chief Keef. There is nothing groundbreaking or remotely new from Keef which leads to a bland project.
The production is alright and adds a lot of energy to the songs. Each is just about diverse enough to be recognisable from each other but are very similar. Some beats further from Chief Keef’s comfort zone would make some more interesting tracks, but most follow a close formula that becomes stale.
The lyricism is alright and Chief Keef does not slouch, but he is clearly no pushing himself to really make great music. There are some great moments that can be singled out but Keef falls into a rut. Some more effort into the rhymes could really help to cement him as a staying artist in rap.
The features are good and are the best part of this project. Each brings more to the tracks than Keef does in terms of quality and they really make thier songs stand out points. Chief Keef will need to do more to impress the listener if he has people doing these sorts of things on his own songs.
Overall, this was potentially a great album, but sloppy effort and passionless delivery make Chief Keef fall short of what he is capable of. More drive could bring Keef back to a higher level of rap music.
This is a great album to end 2014 on. Both Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier bring their best to this extremely cohesive album that radiates pure Hip Hop all the way through. The beats and lyrics work very well together to create great songs for a great new debut.
The production is fantastic. DJ Premier has done very well crafting this album’s beats so that they can cause the listener to flashback to older times as well as compare to the new age of Hip Hop production. The tracks can have jarred sounds but are smooth to listen to and creates a very enjoyable listen.
The lyricism is very clever and engrained in the very DNA of the tracks. Royce Da 5’9 does a great job of weaving great images and story telling through the whole project which works well with the production. The wordplay is complex and shows why Royce is considered one of the top lyricists in the rap game today.
The features are excellent. They all bring top level rap to the project without overshadowing the others. Each spins a great verse that strengthens each track without weakening it and it keeps it as a very cohesive project. It is also good to see members of Black Hippy mixing with members of Slaughterhouse considering all that has been discussed about cyphers and battles between them.
Overall, this is a great album that is very cohesive and very entertaining to listen to. Both DJ Premier and Royce have created a project that has all the elements of a rap album that can be enjoyed by all and seen as a milestone in Hip Hop.