Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me Review

This release show more of a softer side of Ross that listeners might not have expected. There are a few of the more street based tracks, but they appear to have less effort put into them than then slower ones that Ross shines on here.

The production is great with a few gritty beats mixed in with the slower, emotional ones. The slowed down ones leave room for Ross to be more creative, whereas there is so much going on in the backing with the energetic ones that the lyrics can get lost. On the whole, it is a good choice to try to balance the productions but if you do, then you should put equal effort into both.

The lyricism is good with Ross doing more to prove he is lyrically nice on this project. While not evident on every track, the verses on this show personal growth as well as a possible increase in skill. Rick Ross does well to flex his lyrical muscles on these tracks, but maybe still try on the more hood based efforts too.

The features are good and help build up the cohesiveness of this project. Each does a great job of showing what they bare capable of and how it blends with the styles of the others on the songs. Maybe trying to bring up new artists could help solidify his status as a rap great, but the guest selection on here is fit for purpose and works well.

Overall, this is a great release for Ross as it shows he is still working on his talents and becoming the best to ever do it. Maybe trying to improve on the formulas he is using for a few of his songs might help, but this works as a project.

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Dave East – Hate Me Now Review

This is a great album for fans of both trap music and of lyricism. Dave East fuses the two to create an album that treads already worn ground but in creative ways.

The production is good as it gives a lot of room for East to explore content while driving the project forward. The beats are diverse enough for each track to be individual but fit together with the theme of the album. Maybe some more mainstream beats to allow for more mainstream appeal but it would be unseemly for Dave East to sell out to become more famous. It would go against what he says on this album.

The lyricism is great with plenty of techniques peppering every track. Dave puts a lot of effort into his rhymes which shows in the imagery and story telling elements. There are no real issues with what Dave East does on this project and you should expect to see more great things from him in the future.

The features are great and add a lot of cohesiveness to this project. Each brings a lot to the table and shows that Dave East has a lot of very talented friends in Hip Hop circles who all appear to have good chemistry with him. A few more singing guests could make some more interesting moments, but each of the people on this do great work.

Overall, this album is very enjoyable and shows that lyricism is staging a great comback after a while ofdummied  down rap. Dave East should continue to crank out music liek this.

Bugzy Malone – Walk With Me Review

This project is a good showing of a lot of different skills from Bugzy, but feels loosely thrown together and not overly cohesive. While the songs are enjoyable, there is not a lot of replay ability for the project as a whole.

The production is good and has a lot of scope to work with. Each beat is differentiated enough to be recognisable by itself and add a great atmosphere to the song. A few more tracks could help to add some different beats for more situations to rap over, but there is a good selection on here.

The lyricism is good and enjoyable, however not great. While a large portion of the songs are donated to emotional content so they have a lot of impact, the more energetic tracks needed a touch more complexity to really land home. On the other hand, the delivery is also a big factor here.

Overall, this project has some great tracks and Bugzy Malone shows some good talent. He may need to work on how he structures his next showing, however this is entertaining to listen to.

Snootie Wild – Ain’t No Stopping Me Review

This mixtape does have some great vibes and atmospheres but there are also a few mis-steps that slow the project right down and can almost stop the entertainment altogether. Snootie needs to take that away and work on removing the slow downs.

The production is patchy and varies from track to track on how effective it is. On some songs, the beat is exactly what the song needs and on others it doesn’t fill the void and leaves the song feeling empty. Snootie should select beats with a bit more substance and that offer more of a base for him to build on.

The lyricism is alright but could certainly improve. Delivery and performance are what make the words land with the listener, but there is very little complexity within the wordplay. Snootie should work on making his lyrics smarter to draw in a wider audiance.

The features are alright but don’t always fit in with Snootie Wild’s style. Most bring good effort and enjoyable verses, but there is some laziness and it can bring the project down as a whole. Snootie may want to find some guests with a more competitive spirit to make more interesting tracks.

Overall, some of this project is exactly right and is very entertaining. However there are moments of bad decisions that bring the project down and make it less enjoyable.

Waka Flocka Flame – Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 Review

This is another of Waka’s projects that fits his formula very well and reaches further hieghts than his previous work. The crossover with his “Turn Up Godz Tour” mixtape help to really secure this as a good mixtape.

The production is really good and diverse, which helps to lead to more of a listening experiance that you wouldn’t mind listening to again. There are a lot of beats that seem similar but have enough differences to stop the music being the same. This combined with the higher tempo beats help make this a solid project.

The lyricism is alright and could be considered a step up for Waka Flocka Flame. The songs are littered with simpler wordplay that would not put him amoung the elite in the rap game, but is more than expected from Waka which helps make this project seem even better than if it was his everyday performance.

The features help to show that Waka can work well with a variety of other artists. Now while none of the guests are really out of his comfort zone, Waka has selected those he knows he has good chemistry with and this creates a lot of songs that would be much worse without them.

Overall, this is a good mixtape that has a great energetic feel and a surprising amount of entertainment value. In his work to keep his level of fame high but his street level credentials and realism, Waka has found a great balance and should be very happy with how it has ended up.