Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice Review

This release shows that despite his recent legal troubles, Freddie Gibbs can still make entertaining music. This release may be compact but it has great repay value.

The production is great with a lot of dark sounds to fit with the theme of the project. Each might have similar aspects, however none of them feel like formulaic which helps the level of cohesion on the release. Maybe something lighter would give the listeners something to move around to, but this is clearly designed to be a brooding project.

The lyricism is solid with a good variations in delivery and flow to help keep things feeling fresh. The wordplay is enjoyable but can become a little slurred in the faster sections. Maybe a bit more emphasis on the annunciation of the words could help make this a little less work to listen to.

Overall, with no features to steal any of the spotlight, Freddie Gibbs has made a great release. It will be interesting to see where his career heads next.

J. Cole – 4 Your Eyes Only Review

This release is a smooth and thought provoking journey that has a lot of replay value. J Cole is a master at making cohesive albums and this one does not disappoint.

The production is simpler then most other releases out there, with less background noise to help show off the actual artist. Each beat still has good impact with the listener and is one of the reason a full listen through is no work at all.

The lyricism is strong, with J Cole using his flow and clever wordplay to tell the stories and educate in these songs. There is vivid imagery all the way through this project and the delivery is getting the words across to the listener rather than shouted at them, as the trends in rap might suggest.

Overall, with no features to cloud Cole’s performance. This will be another great release from another visionary artist that will reverberate with audiences for a long time.

Chevy Woods – Gang Shit Only Review

This is another project about generic gang life without much personal addition from the artist. Chevy woods makes this entertaining enough, but it is not a great release.

The production is good with plenty of energy to move things along, but no backing that particularly breaks out from the rest. Each song has the correct atmosphere for the content but seems formulaic on a full listen through. While some beats may be worth a revisit but that is up to your individual taste.

The lyricism is alright¬†with some clever moments, but mostly focusing on his delivery and subject matter. While there is complex wordplay involved there isn’t enough to say this is a lyrical offering. A little more effort on the rhymes could go a long way.

The features are good as they help break up the monotony of one voice. Each does a good job to flesh out the tracks while showing their own skills. A few more singers would bring a little more depth, but the rappers still do good work.

Overall, this is a bit of a disappointing release from Chevy Woods, but should not be discarded straight away. If you enjoy the type of music that is being pumped out, then this could still be worth a try.