DJ Khaled – Grateful Review

This release is full of big names and big tracks that make this a very entertaining listen. With DJ Khaled acting more like a  on this album, only the best tracks make the cut, and this album proves it.

The production is varied but always interesting. Every beat is energetic and works very well with the artists chosen to work on it. There may be something for everyone, but most will appeal to any listener as they are all polished and work as a full listen through as well as individual songs.

The Features on here make this project such a success. All show great skill and have great chemistry with the other artists on the songs as well as DJ Khaled. It is possible that some guests further from his comfort zone may have made some more interesting moments, but DJ Khaled has chosen most of the biggest names in Hip Hop to be a part of this release, and they don’t disappoint.

Overall, this is great for those who want to stick on an album and not use the skip button at all, leaving it to play through. DJ Khaled continues to have enormous success with his albums, but it should be noted that it is mostly down to other artists work. Not to take from Khaled’s ability to bring artists together, but most of the entertainment value is down to the features and not him shouting out during the project.

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Quavo – ATL Review

This release shows that Quavo can make enjoyable music without the other members of Migos. This collection of songs is full of energy but lacks a lot of depth in many of the offerings.

The production is trap based with lots of highs and plenty of atmosphere. Each beat has similar elements but uses enough different tones and sounds to make them individual. Maybe something further from his comfort zone would show a little growth in Quavo’s music.

The lyricism is good with some excellent descriptions and an interesting delivery to help keep things interesting. Quavo does use some wordplay and other devices to keep his rhymes impacting on the listener, but it can become repetitive, which is why keeping the project short was a fantastic choice. Maybe trying to embellish his words a little more could help push him further into stardom.

The features are excellent, helping to lift this project out of repetitiveness. Each has an excellent verse or chorus, showing their own skills as well as working well with the other artists. Some more singers would help add another dimension, but Quavo does enough singing on his own, even if it it with autotune.

Overall, this is worth a spin, but if the music of Migos is not for you, then this release from one member is most likely not either. Quavo will definitely appeal to his core audience however and possibly gain a few more listeners.

Gucci Mane – Droptopwop Review

This is another solid release form Gucci Mane, but it is carried by its beats. Gucci does his thing, but it becomes monotonous as a whole listen through.

The production is fantastic with Metro Boomin providing some great backdrops. Each song is individual while having similar elements, but that is due to the same producer doing every song. There are no issues with the backgrounds as they are all sonically great.

The lyricism is not complicated but it is effective. The wordplay is there with some clever rhymes used, but there is a lack of variation in flow that drags it down a little. Some more effort in the performance and diversity could help lift this up a level, but it is still enjoyable.

The features are great as they help break up some of the monotony. Each puts ina  good verse and while some sound similar to Gucci in style, they seem to have more energy and passion to fuel their verse. Maybe some singing would add another edge, but this is still a strong selection.

Overall, this shows that Gucci Mane does not plan to slow down or change the formula, especially when it puts up numbers like he was doing last year. If he wants to stay on this hot run, he might need to look into adding a little more flavour, but he will still make a bunch of money off of this.

A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol 1: Friends Review

This project definitely has the cohesive feel that comes with people who are close making music. It is a shame that a lot of the songs are in the same vein, but they are done well.

The production is good and really punctuates the rhymes with the amount of emotions somehow crammed in. Each beat has a lot of similarities, which can often happen with total in house production, but they are all effective in getting the energy across. A few more variations on the beats wouldn’t hurt but all the backings are still very much enjoyable.

The lyricism is entertaining and the different delivery of each Mob member helps keep things fresh as the project plays out. A lot of solid bars are scattered throughout the album, but there is the odd miss step which is quickly covered up with another rhyme. A bit more consistency would make this flow just a little easier.

The features are good with some big names keeping things moving. Each puts in a good verse or uses their signature talents to bring their own flavour to the songs. Some singing could lighten up this project full of deeper tones and noises.

Overall, this project is a good showing of each of the members abilities and how well they work together. It will be interesting to see how they progress with future endeavours.

Lil Uzi Vert -The Perfect Luv Tape Review

This is an entertaining mixtape that has some replay ability but won’t be breaking any records. Lil Uzi Vert makes these tracks work together and helps keep things enjoyable.

The production is good with a lot of energy and positiveness going through the whole project. Each track is individual without running into the next one, but is cohesive enough so it isn’t a stop start listen through. Maybe some more diversity could make a more balanced mixtape but the theme of this project helps tie it all together.

The lyricism is good but not fantastic. Lil Uzi Vert relies on his delivery for a portion of the entertainment and while this is important, a few more technical attempts would help push this towards greatness. The rhymes are definitely still entertaining for the listener.

The features are good and help vary the project more. Each puts in a good effort and helps to flesh out the tracks they are on. Maybe some more singers could help bring in a wider audience with more crossover value but the guests on this do a great job.

Overall, this is great for people who want more connecting music between the new and older ages of Hip Hop, but there is still a long way to go and a few more technical skills to be polished. Lil Uzi Vert has made his name known and now needs to push himself to show he is better than others.

Migos – Back To The Bando Review

This project is simply more of what has already been made already by the group. All three members are still entertaining but it is not as refreshing as some of thier other albums.

The production is entirely trap based which is exactly what the project is about. There is a lot of energy running throughout the listen through and each track will get the listener pumped up. This could be ideal for the gym or other exercise.

The lyricism is not complex but the delivery and performance really help push it to enjoyable. However there are no standout moments that make the listener sit up and pay attentioon. Instead of cranking out music as fast as possible, maybe focus on some quality to make thier projects go further.

Overall, this album does not break any new ground but contains a lot of elements that made them a hit. now they need to consolidate thier power to strengthen thier longevity.

Migos – Young Rich Nation Review

This album has a lot of energy and more lyricism than expected but falls flat on repetition. While the songs can be enjoyed, the formula is very simple on each one with little substance.

The production is great and works well to make the almost party atmosphere throughtout the project. Each song has similar backings but are diverse enough so that the tracks don’t sound the same. Some more beats that aren’t so trap based could show more of a balanced ability, however Migos have played with thier strengths and come out on top.

The lyricism is better than expected. The trap nature of this album means that the above average wordplay is even more impressive. If the chorus’ weren’t so repetitive this album would have even more impact, but Migos has stuck with what they know to make energetic songs.

The features are good and do add slightly more to this project. Each brings more voices ot the record but they do not do enough differently to Offset, Takeoff and Quavo to really stand out. More features that do not do the same sort of things as the main artists would add more to the project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that many will enjoy a few times, but it does not have any longevity as it can be so repetitive. Migos may want to loo into writing a hook that is more than one repeated line.