French Montana – Jungle Rules Review

This release is full of high energy and entertaining tracks that are enjoyable to listen to. However it feels odd in places where the use of auto-tune could be considered unnecessary.

The production is full of trap based beats and cleaned up street backings that help give the jungle vibe French is looking for. Each is strong as an instrumental but works very well with the rappers and singers over the top. Something a bit more experimental would show another aspect of French Montana, but the beat selection here has no real issues.

The lyricism is good with French Montana coming across as his most lyrically flexible self. His bars have some good wordplay and other devices in them, but can be repetitive in places, like the hooks. While he has definitely improved in this area, there is still room to improve further.

The features all help to increase the cohesiveness of this project and show thier own skills. In some cases, they can come across as very similar to what Montana is going for on the song as well with delivery but they never ruin the others performances. Something further form his own talents could help lift this guest selection, on the other hand these features are all effective on the songs they are on.

Overall, this is an achievement because there are a lot of good songs available on it. The problem is that if you cant sing, then don’t auto-tune everything because it can take from the real talent of the rhymes. Also, consolidate the track length to maximise effectiveness.

Locksmith – Lofty Goals Review

This is a good album and has a lot of good moments. Locksmith has a lot of good imagery and personnal content which help give the album a connection to the listener.

The production is excellent and is very smooth throughout and helps make this a cohesive project. The beats sound very modern without losing the sense of the artist. A few more high energy tracks could lead to a more balanced project, however there are no problems with selection here.

The lyricism is good but can come across as basic. While there is a lot of good imagery and a lot of emotions running riot on this album, a few more complicated rhymes would not go amiss. That being said, the raps on this are weaved together well to get the message across.

The features are all good and help make this a great album. Each brings a good effort and breaks up the monotony of only hearing one voice. Maybe a few more singing guests could have balanced the album out a bit more, but the rest of the features all work well together.

Overall, this is a great album and is very entertaining to listen to. Not in the conventional sense, but in the understanding way that hearing a problem makes you think of your own.