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.
This project is good, fun and energetic which is sometimes what the audience needs. There are a few emotional songs, but Montana remains in his comfort zone for the majority.
The production is very bouncy with a lot of club atmosphere as well as some street beats to help keep this mixtape fresh. With so much power behind the boards, there is a lot of drive pushing this project forward that the backings provide a lot of the entertainment here. The beat selection is great for the music that French Montana wants to make.
The lyricism is straight forward but is effective in places. The rhymes are not made to be the most lyrical and his shouting at the end of almost every line doesn’t help make this more interesting. He knows what his fans want, and supplies that, but doesnt push French doesn’t push himself to be better.
The features help to make this more cohesive and to break up the monotony of hearing French Montana shout. Each puts in good effort and their styles alleviate some more of the similarities between the songs. Some more singing could have added another dimension to this mixtape, but French Montana knows what his fans expect and there are some huge names on here to assist with that.
Overall, this is a good romp through what a formulaic hip hop hit sounds like, but it lacks a lot of substance. French Montana may want to evolve his content if he wants to have more longevity in his career.
This is just a taster for what is to come from French Montana’s next project ad it appears to be much more emotional and not so much coke this time. The tracks are filled with feelings instead of trying to make the next big party tune which is a different angle for Montana.
The production is good, but could deviate more than just using one sound through each track. While the backing beat should be in the background and the artist should be the main focus, it should move with the lyrics and not be the same thing through the whole song. If the beats had moved then the emotional content would have much more impact. None the less the production is still good as the overall sound is in line with the message on each track.
The lyrics may not be overly complicated, they are powerful as they are connecting on a more emotional level overall and are much more relatable to the wider audiences. Montana makes an effort to make the audience experience what he is saying instead of it passing them by and he does this by keeping his rhymes straightforward so that you can’t miss them.
As a sampler for his next project, French chose well not to put any features on as it is supposed to be a showcase of his own skills and not of who he can get on a project. It helps show the chemistry between himself and the producer on all of these songs, Harry Fraud, which helps to make the project more cohesive.
Overall, this is a good sample of what’s to come and if he keeps up like this, French Montana could have much more success in 2015. He may not be the most lyrical but he is finding ways of staying relevant and popular with this kind of music.