DJ Khaled – Grateful Review

This release is full of big names and big tracks that make this a very entertaining listen. With DJ Khaled acting more like a  on this album, only the best tracks make the cut, and this album proves it.

The production is varied but always interesting. Every beat is energetic and works very well with the artists chosen to work on it. There may be something for everyone, but most will appeal to any listener as they are all polished and work as a full listen through as well as individual songs.

The Features on here make this project such a success. All show great skill and have great chemistry with the other artists on the songs as well as DJ Khaled. It is possible that some guests further from his comfort zone may have made some more interesting moments, but DJ Khaled has chosen most of the biggest names in Hip Hop to be a part of this release, and they don’t disappoint.

Overall, this is great for those who want to stick on an album and not use the skip button at all, leaving it to play through. DJ Khaled continues to have enormous success with his albums, but it should be noted that it is mostly down to other artists work. Not to take from Khaled’s ability to bring artists together, but most of the entertainment value is down to the features and not him shouting out during the project.

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Quavo – ATL Review

This release shows that Quavo can make enjoyable music without the other members of Migos. This collection of songs is full of energy but lacks a lot of depth in many of the offerings.

The production is trap based with lots of highs and plenty of atmosphere. Each beat has similar elements but uses enough different tones and sounds to make them individual. Maybe something further from his comfort zone would show a little growth in Quavo’s music.

The lyricism is good with some excellent descriptions and an interesting delivery to help keep things interesting. Quavo does use some wordplay and other devices to keep his rhymes impacting on the listener, but it can become repetitive, which is why keeping the project short was a fantastic choice. Maybe trying to embellish his words a little more could help push him further into stardom.

The features are excellent, helping to lift this project out of repetitiveness. Each has an excellent verse or chorus, showing their own skills as well as working well with the other artists. Some more singers would help add another dimension, but Quavo does enough singing on his own, even if it it with autotune.

Overall, this is worth a spin, but if the music of Migos is not for you, then this release from one member is most likely not either. Quavo will definitely appeal to his core audience however and possibly gain a few more listeners.

2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Review

This release shows that 2 Chainz knows his core audience, but doesn’t grow to increase his listeners and therefore earn more money, as one of the songs on here is all about. Something to think about at least.

The production is good with a lot of interesting and entertaining sounds that create a lot of energy and keep it flowing through the whole project. A lot of the beats however are very much within the wheel house of the main artist. Trying to expand his repertoire further out of his comfort zone would make a more balanced release.

The lyricism is good, but is more of the same from 2 Chainz. He has respectable wordplay and his delivery is still entertaining, but his hooks are repetitive and the content is more of the same. Something fresh could give a lot of boost to this release, but it would have to be a big boost.

The features do great at breaking up the monotony that can set in by adding fresh voices and styles to the mix. Each does a good job of showing what they are capable of, but also at bringing fresh energy streams in ot stimulate this project and stop it dropping rankings any further. Some more singers would help bring more diversity too.

Overall, this will appeal to Chainz’s core audience, but does not have a lot to give other rap listeners. The title does not reflect the content and a lot of it will already have been heard before.

Mike WiLL Made-It – Ransom 2 Review

This is an energetic release reminiscent of the first Ransom project, but there is a certain amount of formula that is clear in each of the tracks. While the production from Mike WiLL is fantastic, what each artists does with it all seems to lead down the same path, with a few exceptions.

The production is phenomenal, with Mike WiLL creating trap beats that may seem similar, but all have different aspects that makes each individual. In a few cases it seems like there is a base guideline rather than an organic blooming to his creative process, but it still yields some great results. Maybe seeing what he can do outside the trap sub-genre could be an interesting challenge for the producer.

The features on this project are exactly what you would expect to find on songs from a producer as big as Mike WiLL. A stream of A-List rappers as well as fresh up-and-comers helps show a great level of respect for the producer here. It is a shame that so many come from the same vein of writing and delivery, but individually, they all still have good performances.

Overall, this is another release from an exceptional producer that proves he deserves the money and respect he is given. Only time will tell if he will attempt to branch out and attempt to work with a wider pool of talent.

Migos – Back To The Bando Review

This project is simply more of what has already been made already by the group. All three members are still entertaining but it is not as refreshing as some of thier other albums.

The production is entirely trap based which is exactly what the project is about. There is a lot of energy running throughout the listen through and each track will get the listener pumped up. This could be ideal for the gym or other exercise.

The lyricism is not complex but the delivery and performance really help push it to enjoyable. However there are no standout moments that make the listener sit up and pay attentioon. Instead of cranking out music as fast as possible, maybe focus on some quality to make thier projects go further.

Overall, this album does not break any new ground but contains a lot of elements that made them a hit. now they need to consolidate thier power to strengthen thier longevity.

Migos – Young Rich Nation Review

This album has a lot of energy and more lyricism than expected but falls flat on repetition. While the songs can be enjoyed, the formula is very simple on each one with little substance.

The production is great and works well to make the almost party atmosphere throughtout the project. Each song has similar backings but are diverse enough so that the tracks don’t sound the same. Some more beats that aren’t so trap based could show more of a balanced ability, however Migos have played with thier strengths and come out on top.

The lyricism is better than expected. The trap nature of this album means that the above average wordplay is even more impressive. If the chorus’ weren’t so repetitive this album would have even more impact, but Migos has stuck with what they know to make energetic songs.

The features are good and do add slightly more to this project. Each brings more voices ot the record but they do not do enough differently to Offset, Takeoff and Quavo to really stand out. More features that do not do the same sort of things as the main artists would add more to the project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that many will enjoy a few times, but it does not have any longevity as it can be so repetitive. Migos may want to loo into writing a hook that is more than one repeated line.

Gucci Mane – King Gucci Review

This album has more classic trap music from one of the best to make it, and the way the project is structured makes all of it enjoyable. It is fairly short in comparison to some of Gucci’s mixtapes which helps keep it cohesive and enjoyable.

The production is good and works well with the type of music Gucci makes. On this project, each beat is diversified and helps make each track standout and stop them rolling into one. As this has been a problem on previous projects, it is good to hear a choicer selection of beats used on a Gucci project.

The lyricism is not complex but can be enjoyable. While his actual wordplay is fairly average, and his delivery can become stale, his continuous working of the beats with pure catchiness makes an entertaining listen. He still may want to make his wordplay more complicated but there is no doubt that Gucci makes energetic music.

The features are good as they are different enough from Gucci that they have impact on the tracks. Each has a good verse that shows the main artist can work well with others. However it may be good for Gucci to look for features further afield from his own style.

Overall, this is an enjoyable mixtape with a lot of highlights. Gucci is showing he is still a force in Hip Hop and that people shouldn’t forget about him.