Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap Review

This release is a true reflection of how talented Nipsey Hussle is as both an artist and a business man. Victory Lap is a perfect title to fit this as it shows not only the content of the music, but also how Nipsey has progressed in recent times.

The production on this is energetic and impactful. Each beat is full of classic west coast sounds that show that Nipsey is a strong representation of what the modern west coast sounds like. Something further afield then this signature sound might give an indication that Hussle is trying new things, but he knows what works well for him and uses this to pick backings that he is extremely effective over.

The lyricism is great with the delivery helping to boost the impact. The wordplay is fantastic and helps shows why Nipsey Hussle has such a loyal fan base in the first place. Maybe something with more of a story to tell would be interesting, to see how he would handle it, however he is definitely adept at using what made him a household name in the first place.

The features do a great job of adding their voices to the message of the track they are on. Each shows their own skills and passion for music while helping to build on Nipsey’s work on the song. Maybe a few more singers could add another dimension, but the guests all do fine work on this album.

Overall, this is an entertaining release that has plenty of replay value. Nipsey Hussle has had some great success and this should show that it isn’t fleeting.

Nipsey Hussle – Famous Lies And Unpopular Truths Review

This is a great project for Nipsey Hussle to keep his momentum going ready for 2017 to be a bigger year than this one has been. He demonstrates his talents and why he is still a prominent figure in the rap game.

The production is good with energy and passion going through all the tracks. There is some similarities between some of the songs, but that can be put down to the west coast flavour that Hussle enjoys using. Some variation would show a more complete ability, but Nipsey is just giving a flavour of what he is capable of to get people ready for upcoming releases.

The lyricism is good with plenty of wordplay to make the rhymes entertaining. Each bar has the signature delivery that helps elevate the raps while the punchy bars land the messages home with ease. Some more experimentation with flow and pace might show a little more willingness to be open to the direction hip hop is going in, but Nipsey shows he knows what he is good at and excels at it.

Overall, it is a shame there isn’t more from Nipsey Hussle on this. The guests help make this cohesive, but doesn; t leave so much room for the main artist to explore thier skills. that being said, this is still a great few tracks to enjoyat any time.

Master P – The G Mixtape Review

This project shows that Master P still knows how to put together a great project, even if limited on content. The guests really do well to help bolster this as Master P is starting to sound a little dated.

The production is great with plenty of energy and excitement throughout. Each backing fits the message of the song well and is engaging in its own right. Maybe some song with a little less happening in the background could allow more manoeuvrability for the artists on it, but it all still works well on this mixtape.

The lyricism good but can become stale as the content can come across as limited. Master P does have a few tricks up his sleeves but his brand of shout rap can be repetitive and mostly rapping about money he has made can make some songs somewhat dull. Some more branching out of content would go a long way.

The features all do a really good job of shoring up the tracks they are on with good efforts. While some guests are there to show they are still great and others to make a name for themselves, they all do a good job of helping make this project great. Some more singers could bring a new flavour to this project, but the selection here is comprised only of talented rappers.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape but the length of it can make a full listen through hard, as well as the topics being repetitive. Master P will always be a legend in the game, so lets hope his upcoming projects are a bit more balanced.

Nipsey Hussle -Slauson Boy 2 Review

This is a good mixtape for Nipsey Hussle to show his skills are still sharp and he can still make great music. With a range of top mixtapes under his belt, this one only adds to the catalogue.

The production is good with lots of diversity so there is plenty of scope for content. Each beat is entertaining and creates the perfect atmosphere for the message of the song. There are no big problems with the backing selection here, apart from personal taste of the listener of course.

The lyricism is great with Nipsey showing a lot of different techniques as well as impressive delivery. Every song has a message that is clear and made clearer by the wordplay and descriptive ability Hussle displays. Possibly a few more flow changes could have an interesting effect, but Nipsey has a great performance on this project.

The features are good as they help to break up the sound of one voice over the seventeen track project. Each puts in a good effort and helps the project to stay cohesive. Maybe some more singers could balance out the guest side of this mixtape, but all on here are effective.

Overall, this is a great project if your a fan of the west coast as Nipsey Hussle hoists it up on his shoulders and carries through to the modern age. With a few others help, the west coast could beat out the other styles of rap music and be crowned king again.

YG – Still Brazy Review

This album is a fantastic statement on America’s youth. YG is blunt and descriptive about how young men in America feel and act, especially under present circumstances.

The production is pure West Coast with the bounce and feel of modern LA. There is a lot of energy throughout the album even with the mixture of positive and negative tracks. Maybe a few tracks with a feel further from his comfort zone would make some interesting results, but YG knows what is effective and enjoyable for his audience.

The lyricism is good with vivid imagery without trying to be overly clever. YG does not mince his words and simply tells it like it is with his delivery and vocal tone that makes him stand out. Nothing appears to be wrong with his performance, especially as he changes flow and plays with voice modulation.

The features help give this the story telling angle that YG excels at. It has a family and friends feel that help the project feel cohesive as well as the guests working hard. Each puts in good effort and comes away with more listeners knowing who they are.

Overall, this is a great album for the times young men like YG live in. No one can say how this will translate over time, but this is definately a successful album right now.

Jadakiss – Top 5 Dead Or Alive Review

This album is full of great songs that prove that Jadakiss is where he says he is in the rap hierarchy. his ability to be this lyrical while going over these hard beats makes for a lot of really great moments for Hip Hop that should make a lot of the new generation stand up and pay attention.

The production is great as it sees Jadakiss using his underground feel to make headway into the mainstream which is not easy to do. The backings all give scope for content as well as having a wide range to offer to the messages of the tracks. Maybe a few more softer tracks could show that he can make more of a balanced project but Jadakiss has selected his backings very well for what he wants to show.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic with Jadakiss using every technique under the sun to keep his rhymes fresh. The way he puts his lyrics together leads to some really intricate and hard hitting moments that the listener will remember for a while. There are no issues with how Jadakiss puts his opinions and views across on this project.

The features do a really good job of showing that Jadakiss has serious connections in Hip Hop that are talented and can compete with him on the songs. Each one puts in a lot of effort and helps to make the project cohesive while showing that competition is not dead in the rap game. Maybe a few more singing guests could bring in a slight more mainstream feel and bring this to a slightly wider audiance, but Jadakiss has selected poeple he can work well with and it shows.,

Overall, this album is great to listen to street, lyrical or entertainment perspective. Jadakiss shows that the title of this album is accurate and that he has earned his spot there.

Chinx – Welcome To JFK Review

This album is enjoyable to listen to and is a great album that Chinx would be proud of. There are a lot of good moments that make this album likely to be listened to again.

The production runs very well throughout the project and really helps the transitions between the songs. All the beats are refined so that each of the songs can be enjoyed together or taken individually which is a good quality for an album to have. A few more higher energy songs could have pumped the project up a bit more, however Chinx does well over the beats he selected.

The lyricism is good and does a great job of increasing the level of entertainment. This is mostly due to the clever wordplay and the meaning behind the songs. An increase in complexity of the lyricism and a touch more diversity in his flow could have made Chinx’s performance better, but he certainly has not made any bad decisions here.

The features do a great job fleshing out the tracks with other opinions and points of view. The guests all bring good verses that, while showing what each of them is capable of, work well with Chinx’s style as well. A few singing guests could ass another dimension but the people on this help make it the album that it is.

Overall, this is a good album that has been crafted for Hip Hop audiances to enjoy. May Chinx be proud of this as he rests in peace.

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth Review

This album is what the title describes. All the tracks have truth in them and Trae does a good job putting his passion into the rhymes.

The production is great and gives enough scope for Trae to really explore around his emotions and feelings. There is not too much going on in the background to overpower the artists but they do have enough impact that they aren’t forgotten. Some more higher energy tracks could have balanced it out slightly more, however that would not be in the spirit of the emotional sharing.

The lyricism is good but most of the enjoyment comes from his delivery. His unique tone makes Trae easily discernible to the listener while his rhymes have enough power behind them to sink in and make you think. Some more complex techniques could entice more of an audiance, however that is not the aim of this project. Trae has selected his audiance and plays directly to them.

The features all do a good job of adding more depth to the tracks. They all bring a lot of effort to thier songs and give another opinion on the topic at hand. A couple more singing guests could strengthen the additional dimension, but Trae has selected a good group for this project.

Overall, this album is enjoyable to listen to while also making you think. It is good to see Trae make a full album rather than the stream of features the world has seen from him recently.

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.

J Stone – 25/8: No Breaks Review

This is a good showcase for J Stone and it really does show that he is growing as a force in Hip Hop. He may not be the most well known rapper but he does well to show why he should be better known with this mixtape.

The production is good and gives a good base for Stone to build on. While the beats are not overly exciting or engaging, they give a cohesive feel when combined with Stone’s rapping. While some of the beats may be considered basic or simple, they are still effective and enjoyable songs to listen to.

The lyricism is good and apparent on a lot of tracks. While some of it is not the most complex of wordplay, it is all clever and used in a lot of the lines. Stone does well to weave in these techniques while staying on point with the message on each song which helps to build on the cohesiveness of each track.

The features are good and show that J Stone can work well with other rappers. While that may have been obvious from his connection with Nipsey Hussle, the features on here are good by themselves and also good when compared to J Stone, without making Stone look feeble. A great lyrical effort by Stone has made a great lyrical project.

Overall, this is a good project with Stone looking like he is going to grow in the music industry this year if he can keep putting out work like this. If he puts some more enticing beats in with his lyrics, he could go far in Hip Hop