This album shows that Hopsin has a lot of technical ability but it would be nice to see him exploring more content. The whole album is based around one awful event but there is only so many times the listener can hear about it, despite how many different ways it is approached.
The production is amazing with plenty of energy and a variety of tempos to try and stop things becoming uninteresting. With the variation helping to stop things being completely stale, there is not a lot more that the beats could do to improve this project. On the other hand, this is full of classic Hopsin style beats and it would be nice to see him try something further from his comfort zone.
The lyricism is amazing with the multi syllable schemes doing a lot of the heavy lifting. The wordplay is also great and does lend quite a lot to the descriptive power of the story telling. The main issue is with content because, with all the different ways he approaches it, it can become repetitive and take from the impact of each track.
The features do add a little to the tracks they are on, but not enough to add to the album as a whole. Each does a good job of showing their own skill and assisting their own song, but not particularly helping with the overall narrative. Maybe a few more guests could bring a little more cohesiveness to the release.
Overall, this is a good album, but it isn’t great as it is missing a few distinct elements, namely songs for everyone to enjoy and not one song several different ways. Hopefully with some of his drama behind him, Hopsin can focus on new ventures and try to stay away form the past.
This debut was worth waiting for. Cyhi The Prynce has spent a long time working on his craft and it is clear on this release.
The production is fantastic with a lot of backings that don’t overpower the artists on the tracks. Each fits the tone of the songs as well as being a strong atmosphere for the message being sent. Some more offerings with more of a club feel could give more for the general populace, but may not be in keeping with the project that Cyhi is trying to put out.
The lyricism is exceptional with Cyhi showing the talent that made the industry sit up and take notice. His lyrics are full of clever references and other great lyrical devices that embellish his storytelling with plenty of description. Possibly some more changes in flow could show a little more of what Cyhi is capable of, but his delivery is incredible on these tracks regardless.
The features are good and help to stop one voice becoming monotonous. Each shows their own skills while having great chemistry with Cyhi. There is a good range of different guests on here and it will be interesting to see who he chooses to work with in the future.
Overall, this is a very interesting listen with many thought provoking moments, The only issue is that the songs are possibly too long and can make a full listen through a bit of a struggle but Cyhi The Prynce has a great debut here and deserves a try from everyone.
This mixtape does have some great vibes and atmospheres but there are also a few mis-steps that slow the project right down and can almost stop the entertainment altogether. Snootie needs to take that away and work on removing the slow downs.
The production is patchy and varies from track to track on how effective it is. On some songs, the beat is exactly what the song needs and on others it doesn’t fill the void and leaves the song feeling empty. Snootie should select beats with a bit more substance and that offer more of a base for him to build on.
The lyricism is alright but could certainly improve. Delivery and performance are what make the words land with the listener, but there is very little complexity within the wordplay. Snootie should work on making his lyrics smarter to draw in a wider audiance.
The features are alright but don’t always fit in with Snootie Wild’s style. Most bring good effort and enjoyable verses, but there is some laziness and it can bring the project down as a whole. Snootie may want to find some guests with a more competitive spirit to make more interesting tracks.
Overall, some of this project is exactly right and is very entertaining. However there are moments of bad decisions that bring the project down and make it less enjoyable.
This is a strange project as, for what it aims to be, it is good. But Cobain could aim higher and have achieved more. If Cobain set his mind on a higher target, he may well reach it.
The production is gritty and unrefined which lets Cobain into the style of rap he enjoys using. The atmosphere created by the beats is exactly what each track is trying to say and each blends well into the next without feeling like the same track. Cobain has a good ear for what he wants from a track.
The lyricism is alright but Cobain won’t be sparring with the lyrical elite quite yet. While Black Cobain does use some rap techniques to great effect, he does not use the whole package to dominate the tracks. What he is using is good, if he tried to expand his variety of lyrical techniques, his projects would be more attractive to a Hip Hop audience.
The features are alright but there is nothing that majorly changes the tracks. Each feature puts in some good work but only to the extent that they have good verses without making the track seem any more enjoyable.
Overall, this is a good project that puts Black Cobain in a strong position, but is too centred on what it is trying to be. If he put some more effort in, this would be a fantastic project with more range. However it can still be enjoyed.
This is more of the same Trinidad James that you have heard on all his other projects. If James wants to continue in the music industry at all, he needs to shake it up and start introducing something new to his formula.
The production is good and actually makes for quite an interesting listen. Each track is definitely differentiated from the others and has some properties that fit in with James’ formula. The sounds used are out of the norm and it helps to make the production stand out.
The lyricism is ok, but nothing to go crazy over. James includes a couple of touches of greatness and potential, but they are few and far between. The content is generic and is filled with vulgar and unimpressive references that are dull and boring to hear.
THe features are better than Trinidad James but are still not the elite in rap. While the features are alright and help bring a certain amount of respectable alliances to the project, they all run in the same vein as James and don’t bring any new or interesting ideas to the table as far as content is concerned.
Overall, this is a good project if you already Liked Trinidad James but if you aren’t a fan already, this is not the project that is going to do it. This is the same repetition of James that we have always seen and is nothing new or exciting to get hyped up about.
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