This release is an excellent example of how to turn around a horrid point in life. After what Murs has been through, it shows incredible strength to not only stay a functioning person but to also be able to use it in their music? not many can utilise pain in this way, especially in such a cohesive and poignant album.
The production, handled exclusively by Michael “Sevens” Summers, fits perfectly with what Murs is saying on each song. The chemistry between this producer and rapper is crystal clear every second of this project and keeps it flowing nicely. With the wide variation of vibes here, there is not a lot that could be worked on.
The lyricism is amazing, with Murs showing his wordplay and also great story telling skills. Every line is crafted to work perfectly with the beat as well as the overall messages on the songs. Maybe a little more flow experimentation could make a little more excitement but there is no doubt that these are some fantastic performances from a true wordsmith.
The features all help to keep this fresh with additional voices to break up any monotony. All have top skills of their own and keep the quality high with their contributions. There is a slim chance that some more singers could give another softer edge, but Murs handles that on his own with the content.
Overall, this is a really amazing album that explores a lot of different feelings and shows that it is possible to keep living after a tragic event. Hopefully Murs continues to work on his music and personal issues so hip hop can continue to recieve these gifts of his.
This album is fantastic as it shows that every member of Strange Music is not only talented, but works extremely well with the other members. Tech N9ne has built a strong house and will only continue to be a powerhouse in the rap game.
The production is incredible with a huge range of different beats to allow for an extremely diverse set of tracks. The backings each create the perfect atmosphere for the type of song that they are as well as blending together with a top level of cohesion. There are no problems with the production here and Strange Music should continue with this mentality.
The lyricism is amazing with every artist showing that they are as talented as their leader. Tech leads the way with plenty of examples of top quality wordplay and the rest of his troops fall in line with their own stunning displays. Each artist here does a really magnificent job here and proves that Strange music makes strong decisions about who they sign.
Overall, with every artist here being a guest and doing a great job, this release may be a bit of a long slog to the end, but the end result stays fresh with the switching artists making things interesting. The house that Tech N9ne built is a strong one and only continues to get stronger.
This release is fantastic as it shows Murs making songs for every rap listener to enjoy. At least one of these songs will appeal to everyone who enjoys hip hop as a genre.
The production is all west coast as expected from the title, but not so much the party side. It comes across much more classic and slowed down, to match Murs’ own style. Something faster paced and lighter could help this feel more universal, but Murs strikes a great balance for the stories he tells.
The lyricism is good, with a slower paced rapper finally getting some recognition. In an industry filled with fast paced, multi-syllable schemes, it is fantastic to hear someone take the art of wordplay and put it into the story telling that has been decreasing throughout rap. Murs shows another side of skills that everyone seems to be forgetting and doing it will great effect.
The features all do a great job of playing into the narratives on this album. Each lends a new voice which fits with the part it is meant to play and shows their own levels of skills. Maybe a little more singing could help with the softer sections, but the selection of guests on this works to the overall project’s advantage.
Overall, this is a fantastic release from one of the west coasts finest rhymers. Murs should be proud to uphold a craft that is dying out, in the ability to make interesting songs that don’t rely on energy or shouting.
This is a lengthy release from Tech, but each song is entertaining. They might not all work as a full album listen through, but individually, these are good songs.
The production is great with plenty of energy keeping the album buzzing. Each beat makes a great atmosphere for the type of song which helps keep the listener interested. Maybe a few more slow tracks could give more of a balanced feel, but it may not fit with Tech’s particular style.
The lyricism is fantastic with some of the best wordplay this year. Tech bends words to his will as he crafts bar full of multi-syllable schemes as well as every other lyrical device. His flow may be a little fast for everyone, but it makes very entertaining tracks.
The features are good as they help keep tracks fresh considering how long this project is. Each puts in a great effort that shows the chemistry that the Strange Music roster has with each other. There is a good balance of rap and singing, but a few more artists who are singers could give a little more depth.
Overall, this is a good release from Tech N9NE but it is not as cohesive as his previous albums. While he does more than good work on this, a bit more direction could ave stream lined this a bit more.
This album is full of the moments that make this series a hit. Tech N9ne keeps the momentum of his team going throughout with a range of atmospheres to fulfill every listeners mood.
The production is energetic and powerful with some more laid back moments to allow the showing of the softer side of the team. Each beat is individual which helps the project become cohesive and stop the listen through become a big one track mess. There are no issues with beat selection except maybe trying to extend thier comfort zone slightly.
The lyricism is great as all the artists putting in the effort to extend thier skills. Tech N9ne does especially well in his attempts to show that his label is the strongest independant powerhouse out there and he puts forward a very strong case. Again, there are no real issues here.
The features all bring thier top game to show what they can do as well as show the strength of the team. Each only makes the tracks stronger and the guests all do a great job of showcasing thier own skills. There is a good balance of singing to rap which all really makes for a great listen through.
Overall, this is a great showing for Strange music as well as for the individual artists. Tech N9ne has shown that once again he has one of the strongest rosters out there.
This project is great in every way. Mars has put together a project with at least one track for ny Hip Hop audiance and enough emotional content to really connect with the listener.
The production is excellent and moulds well to the message of each track. All the beats are smooth and cohesive with enough diversity that there is no confusion between the songs. Some more tracks with a lighter energy may have appealed to a more mainstream audiance but Murs does well to stick to what he knows and make some very enjoyable tracks.
The lyricism is good and helps make his imagery more vivid. While it won’t put him in most people’s top five, it all fits together very well and flows seamlessly together. A few more complicated rhymes would not have gone amiss but Murs does a great job putting pen to paper to create some entertaining raps.
The features all do a great job diversifying the project and adding another great touch to the album. Each puts in great effort and does a fantastic job doing what is required on the tracks. A few more features from his label mates or other EP figures may have made some more interesting offerings but the choice to not put them in gives Murs more of a chance to show his own talents.
Overall, this is a fantastic album that Murs has crafted that can be enjoyed by a whole variety of people. Murs has taken another opportunity to show the world why he is an independent powerhouse and he does exactly that.
This is a refreshing blast of fresh sound to hit the ears. You can hear in the music that it was recorded using real instruments instead of machines and it is a nice change from what is coming out in the culture at the moment. Although this could mean that it does not sound like it will have the longevity that some music has, but it is very in the moment and an enjoyable listen.
The lyricism is clever and fitting with the production. The combination of artists different styles and tones make it a very interesting listen as they frequently jump between artists on each track. There is some interesting wordplay and other lyrical features that also help to make this stand out even more as an album.
As I said before, the production is amazing. On some tracks, it would be good to hear some more of the production stand out against the vocals but it is still a great feature of the album.
Overall this is a great album that should be heard by a lot of people even if it is only once, just to experience a hip hop album that is made with live instruments rather than constructed on a computer.
This is a strong showing for Tech but not a great showcase for the rest of the Strange label. Tech N9ne showcases everything that has made him a major label size player in an independent game. The only problem is that, with the exception of Murs, the rest of the people on his team seem to want to copy his style and flow to make a bigger name for themselves. They all seem to rap double time to keep pace with Tech and it doesn’t show the talents they have that got them their place on the roster in the first place.
The fact you have a bunch of similar sounding rappers to Tech N9ne on the album does detract from the album as a whole, but if you only listen to a one or a couple of tracks at a time, they come across as engaging and enjoyable, sometimes experimental, gems. Tracks like “Red Rags” come across as fantastic and energetic while having a lot of replay ability and other tracks such as “American Horror Story” are haunting and should be locked in a cage with guards watching it all day, every day.
The lyricism is still a heavy feature in this team’s album and it is clear that Tech N9ne is still razor sharp when it comes his own verses. The rest of his team are also lyrically able and some shine like Tech does, but with the copycat nature that was going on, then it makes it tricky to appreciate it for the whole album length.
The production is quality on this album and each tracks production helps lend to the atmosphere that the track wants to create. All of it is very tactfully done so that every track blends beautifully into each other so that unless you’re looking or already know, you can’t tell when one track ends and another begins.
In conclusion, get this album but don’t expect long listening sessions. Listen to this album and if you didn’t already, get to love Strange Music record label. They might not be a major label, but they are looking to be one of the more powerful independent labels in the Hip Hop scene and with one of the most influential independent musicians of the last couple of years as their head honcho, Strange music is shaping up to have a good year.