Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don Review

This is a good release with Kool G Rap making a lot of clever decisions to increase replay ability. Shortened songs and great guests help elevate this even higher.

The production is fantastic with MoSS providing good backdrops for each track, and creating a good atmosphere. There are similar elements in each song, but they are still individual. Maybe something a little further from the formula would show the artists in another light, but MoSS has provided songs that allow the vocalists to excel at what they do.

The lyricism is clever with Kool G Rap using his delivery to add more impact to his rhymes. The bars might not be the most complex, however they do carry a lot of weight and land hard with the listener. Some change in flow might help separate out Kool’s performances, but the guests also help to do that so it is not the biggest issue.

The features are great and do a good job of pushing this project forward. Each puts in an amazing verse that helps push Kool G Rap onto further greatness as well as showing that they are at the top of their respective games. With some rap legends keeping their names alive on here, the artists here are a great selection to have on any project.

Overall, this is another release from a veteran that could teach newer artist how to make music with longevity. With plenty of replay value, this is definitely worth a few listens.

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CZARFACE – A Fistful Of Peril Review

This project is another good showing from the members of CZARFACE. Each does their part very well which helps lead to a concise and cohesive project.

The production is fantastic with the signature CZARFACE sound coming through very clearly. The jazz influences are still present and help add a dimension to this music that a lot of new music is missing. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is different, edgy and very enjoyable.

The lyricism is good with the rappers using plenty of superhero references to play to the comic book style. Both Esoteric and Inspectah Deck put in the energy to fit with the fast paced album, which is thirteen tracks but last only thirty five minutes. Some more changes in flow could make a few more interesting moments, but there are no faults in the rhymes spit by the main artists.

The features help to flesh out this project and shows that not only big names help make tracks. Each of them put in good efforts and help keep the quality high on this album. A few more singers may help to expand the possibilities of this album, but may not have fitted with the style of the CZARFACE story.

Overall, this is a very fast paced and entertaining project, but may not be for everyone. On the other hand, it is definitely worth one listen to decide if the style of this group works for you.

KXNG Crooked – Valley Of The KXNGS EP Review

This project is a fantastic introduction to KXNG Crooked for fans before his album drops. Previous fans can get behind the fact that one of the most lyrical rappers in the modern game is still being a rhyme genius and new fans can enjoy the bouncy production while learning what lyricism is.

The production is a sleek west coast affair, with bouncy backings and plenty of energy to help keep the listener interested, especially if they haven’t heard a Crooked song before. Each beat isn’t jarring in anyway and the fluidity of the transitions makes this an easier listening experience instead of being thrown from song to song. With this being only a handful of examples, it will be interesting to see what Crooked has chosen to work with on the full album.

The lyricism is fantastic with Crooked cramming bars into every song but without it sounding forced. Metaphors and similies are strewn throughout but the songs don’t feel overcrowded with rhymes trying to be too clever. The perfect balance is struck between bars and delivery and KXNG Crooked thrives in those moments.

Overall, This is a really great EP for Hip Hop fans everywhere, while knowing it is only a taster for what is to come in a few weeks time. May the album be as good or better than this and it will be in contention for album of the year.

The Game -Streets Of Compton Review

This album may not be the most cohesive project out there, but it does reflect the state of Compton at the time of release. Game uses this to try and help aspiring and known artists to reach a wider audience.

The production is good and gives a great atmosphere that helps the messages of each track hit harder. There is some variation in styles, but the main sounds are gritty and street, to fit with the theme. Maybe a larger portion of the lighter side of things could have made a more balanced project, but this was made to highlight the negatives for the listeners, which it does.

The lyricism is great from Game yet again. He uses his gruff tones and clever wordplay to weave his messages into tapestries so you can picture what he is describing. Some more light hearted songs wouldn’t go amiss but Game knows what he is trying to say and puts it across well.

The features all do a good job of showcasing their skills and helping to bolster their name in the Hip Hop community. There are a selection of different styles which help make the project pop more. Only time will tell if they can capitalise and grow as artists.

Overall, this accurately depicts the currant state of Compton and of the artists currently making a name for themselves. Game gives them a good platform while still showing he can write great verses.

Yo Gotti – The Art Of Hustle Review

This album is Yo Gotti making more music about what he knows with his same drawl that he always uses. His style and content is becoming stale which is accentuated by his inability to write a hook.

The production has plenty of energy running through it to help the listener enjoy some aspect of this project. There is some diversity in the backings but not enough to stop a lot of the songs sounding very similar. Yo Gotti should look to try some new types of beat so he can continue to stay current in the rap game.

The lyricism is not good with a lot of basic wordplay that allows the rhymes to be forgettable and takes a lot of their impact. More variations in flow would have helped a lot as well as Yo Gotti sounds very mono-tonal as the project goes on. There is plenty of room for improvement on the lyrical side of things.

The features are good as they add the only variation in the whole project. Each may not have the most entertaining verse but they certainly raise the profile of the project as well as bringing fresh voices. Some guests further from the rap genre could have added another dimension.

Overall, this can be enjoyed in the right frame of mind, but is not for everyone. Yo Gotti needs to shake up his formula if he wants to bring in a wider audience.

Freeway – Fear Of A Free Planet Review

This album is great as it is thought provoking as well as enjoyable. Freeway exercises his freedom of speech and makes tracks to get the listeners to see his point of view and opinions.

The production is good as it is not overpowering or rough so that the message is clear to shine through. Each beat is individual while being cohesive as a listen through. The skits help to tie together the project as well as they follow the theme also. Maybe some more changes in tempo could have made some more interesting moments, but Freeway has chosen his backings well on this mixtape.

The lyricism is good as Freeway peppers his rhymes with a variety of techniques to improve the impact of his words. Each verse has enough lyrical devices that they do not overpower the message but they do help to stop the songs becoming rants. There are no real issues with what Freeway has done to help enhance what he is saying.

The features are good as they are different enough to Freeway to stand out. They each have great verses on thier own and showcase thier own talents to make sure they are remembered for what they did on these tracks as well. A singer could have added another dimension, but there is nothing wrong with the guest selection on here.

Overall, this mixtape is fantastic as it has several clear points as well as having the entertainment factor. Freeway is trying to shape minds with this and he may well succeed.

Busts Rhymes – The Return Of The Dragon (The Abstract Went On Vacation) Review

This mixtape shows that Busta Rhymes is still making great music that helped raised his profile in the first place. Without Q-Tip to help, he carries more of the burden and excels while doing so.

The production is good as it works well with Busta Rhymes style Each beat has its own feel and atmosphere which helps show the variation that Busta can work with. Maybe a few more slowed down tracks could show a higher level of diversity but the backing selection on this is fantastic overall.

The lyricism is fast paced, rapid fire and full of multi schemes. Busta shows that he has not slowed down over time and keeps his rhymes coming with barely a breath in between bars. A few different techniques could show more growth as an artist, but Rhymes has done a great job keeping his level so high after all these years.

The features all do a good job too as they show thier own skills as well as filling out the project with fresh voices. Each has a good verse which helps keep the entertainment high and keeps the project cohesive. Some singers could have had an interesting effect, but the selection on here is great.

Overall, this project is great fun to listen to and keeps Busta Rhymes in the public light. He shows his talent and shows plans to keep his momentum going.