Capone-N-Noreaga – LESSONS Review

This album is great for the most part and does exactly what Capone-N-Noreaga are aiming for. The only marginal downside is the over use of the hooks on some songs, but the project still works well overall.

The production is good and is textbook New York. This helps the duo to stay close to thier roots and keep making music that will connect to the audiance. A few more backings that are a touch further afield from thier comfort zone could show more of a diverse ability, however these beats fit very well with thier ethos so they can not really be blamed.

The lyricism is great and helps to make the descriptive portions of the album much more effective. While they are not in the absolute elite catagory of lyrical ability, they are above average and really show it on this album. Some more varied techniques could help to show a higher level of ability, but both Capone and Noreaga do great work here.

The features are great and help to add additional points of view to the project. Especially on the emotional songs, these guests bring in more depth that accentuate the impact of the wordplay. A few more big name features or some singing ones could add yet another dimension to this project, however Capone-N-Noreaga have good chemistry with those they have selected.

Overall, the elements on this album come together to make a lot of great songs that show Capone-N-Noreaga can still work effectively as a duo. A great goal for all long standing groups in Hip Hop.

BH – Boyz N Tha Hood Review

This is a good mixtape to show that BH rocks the west coast as well as any other. The old sounding west coast beats combined with BH’s relaxed flow and kaidance combine to make a great project that is reminiscent of YG with a G-Funk twist.

The production is good and is a reminder that the west coast can still rock it like they used to. BH has selected some classic style beats to rap over and it helps take you back to the original boys in the hood days. They blend together very well, while keeping their own individual feel and this makes for a good mixtape.

The lyricism is good but there could be more. While some of it is very lyric centred and is very well done, other parts are made good by delivery and performance rather than the words he says. However there is some good lyrical ability thrown in to help make this project more appealing to the wider Hip Hop audiences.

The features are also good which helps to show that BH can work well with others. BH sounds very cohesive on these tracks when set alongside the other people on these tracks. His relaxed flow is very good when put with the relaxed west coast beats which is what makes this a good project.

Overall, this is a good project for fans of west coast Hip Hop and is a good addition to BH’s catalogue. This is an enjoyable listen with some real throwback value that shouldn’t be skipped over.

Project Pat – Cheez N Dope 3 Review

This is a generic sounding project that dies not live up to Project Pat’s potential. The large majority of it is repetitive and simply forgettable with a few exceptions. Even the features make Pat look average. This is not the project that shows Pat in his best light.

The production is mediocre to start but does improve towards the end of the mixtape. It feels weak at the beginning with Pat’s aggressive delivery far overshadowing the beats. However as the project plays through the production builds in strength and helps to improve the tracks overall. By the end the production is slightly above average production but still not great.

The lyricism is poor but Pat’s delivery helps make it more entertaining. There is a lot of repetition and some basic wordplay but nothing that might interest fans of pure Hip Hop lyricism. Pat sticks to what he knows with content, style and even some of the features but his lyricism needs some work if he wants to expand his audience.

The features are good, but show that Project Pat isn’t as good a performer as he thinks. The other features outshine Pat and make him look average or worse. Juicy J especially makes him look worse because his style is so similar to Pat’s own but he does it much better. This is not a good look for Pat.

Overall, if your a fan of Pat’s previous work, you might enjoy this. However if your looking for something classic and timeless to listen to, this may not be the choice your looking for. If Pat wants to appeal to a wider audience, he needs to change a lot of things.