Fredo – Get Rich Or Get Recalled Review

This release shows that Fredo knows a little about how to rap and that he can make one song relatively well. However he does not show a complete ability or a balanced project with this.

The production is all trap based with a lot of energy and a lot happening in the background. While this is what Fredo is trying to show here, some diversity goes a long way when done with cohesion, instead of making the same song in different ways. Something softer would show help show the main artist as more of a human being instead of just a drug dealing bad guy.

The lyricism isn’t bad, but the delivery gets boring after a few tracks. Fredo utilises the shout rap style, but without attempting to change his flow or tempo enough to make it effective. The wordplay is good in places but a lot of the entertainment is based on how he puts the word across. Fredo may want to look at changing something every now and again to keep the songs fresh.

The features are good as they help break up the monotony that is Fredo. Each puts in good effort for thier own part to show what they are capable and are one of the only variables on this album that is different from song to song. Maybe trying to vary it a little to include people further from his own group would show he fits well with the rest of the UK rap scene, but the selection on here brings a lot to the release.

Overall, Fredo needs to look at his formula and try to tweak it to appeal to a wider audience. He may rap about how much money he has, but to survive in this industry, he may want to move into more universal content.

Jeezy – Trap Or Die 3 Review

This is another example of Jeezy showing how to make trap music with more of a refined polished sound that will land with a wider audiance. While there is a lot of trap influenced music right now, Jeezy shows how he helped ot kick off the movement.

The production is good as it is energetic and gritty when it needs to be while becoming softer for the more emotional stuff. While there is a lot going on in each beat, it never eclipses the artists which is a major issue in rap these days. It could be argued that a few different influences would help make a more balanced project, but this is supposed to be a total trap release, so this is not a reasonable criticism.

The lyricism is not overly complicated but still hits hard with the listener. Jeezy has a powerful delivery that accentuates his rhymes so that they are still entertaining without a huge amount of intricacy. Some more complex attempts with the raps could have improved this project, but Jeezy knows what his fans want and he fills that criteria perfectly.

The features do great jobs and help build on the work Jeezy does on the tracks. Each has great chemistry with Jeezy which helps make the tracks flow easier. A few more singers could help give another dimension to the project but would not necessarily fit with the style of beat and music.

Overall, this is a good trap offering but may not be a mainstream success. However, Jeezy has crafted a project that his fans can still enjoy and shows he is still a force to be reckoned with.

Prospectt – Are We Finished Or Are We Done Review

While not the best known artist, Prospectt has put together some respectable efforts over the last few years and each sounds more polished than the one before. This new project is no exception.

The production is smooth and works well with the content provided. Each makes a great atmosphere as well as not jarring at all during a listen through. The selection here, for the purposes of the songs, is excellent but it would be good to see what Prospectt selects for other topics.

The lyricism is good and helps with the emotional aspect of the project. While it is not the most complex wordplay, Prospectt makes rhymes that excel in story telling while still being intelligent. He may want to look a bit more at if he is on beat or off beat as he switches between the two a lot, but everything else is excellent.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable five track release that should help raise Prospectt’s profile in the Hip Hop community. If he continues like this, he should have a very successful career.

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.

Waka Flocka Flame – Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 Review

This is another of Waka’s projects that fits his formula very well and reaches further hieghts than his previous work. The crossover with his “Turn Up Godz Tour” mixtape help to really secure this as a good mixtape.

The production is really good and diverse, which helps to lead to more of a listening experiance that you wouldn’t mind listening to again. There are a lot of beats that seem similar but have enough differences to stop the music being the same. This combined with the higher tempo beats help make this a solid project.

The lyricism is alright and could be considered a step up for Waka Flocka Flame. The songs are littered with simpler wordplay that would not put him amoung the elite in the rap game, but is more than expected from Waka which helps make this project seem even better than if it was his everyday performance.

The features help to show that Waka can work well with a variety of other artists. Now while none of the guests are really out of his comfort zone, Waka has selected those he knows he has good chemistry with and this creates a lot of songs that would be much worse without them.

Overall, this is a good mixtape that has a great energetic feel and a surprising amount of entertainment value. In his work to keep his level of fame high but his street level credentials and realism, Waka has found a great balance and should be very happy with how it has ended up.

W!sh – Get Right Or Get Left Review

This is a very enjoyable project to listen to that should propel W!sh into a higher level of fame. It has catchy beats, clever lyricism and a hungry rapper at the helm. Everything a good project needs.

The production is good and has everything an enjoyable mixtape needs. The sounds are a mixture of retro and modern but blended to make the music sound deep and reverberating enough to stick in your brain. If it had some more range into emotional, then it might be a more complete project, but overall, this is a great project for production.

The lyricism is clever and is thoroughly imbedded in every track. All the lyrical devices are smart while not going over heads which opens up the tracks to a wider audience to enjoy. W!sh has all the right things when it comes to the actual rapping, he just needs to explore some more emotions to make a more complete project.

The features are good too, bringing another dimension to the project. Each expands the track and shows that W!sh is good at working with others. They each put in some good work and help contrast against W!sh to help make this a more enjoyable project.

Overall, this is a great mixtape and shows that W!sh is going to be a great rapper. Whether he gets recognised is another matter, but he shows he has the skills to write a great verse and put together a great song so lets hope he does.

Shy Glizzy – Law 3: Now Or Never Review

This may not be a great project but it shows that while Shy Glizzy is only now entering Hip Hop’s mainstream, he has a lot of potential if he moves away from his formula to slightly less comfortable ground that will appeal to a larger audience.

The production is good on this project, even if it is all a bit similar from track to track. It does come across as a bit overbearing to the vocals in places but in others, compliments Shy and helps him create a stand out track. However this is not true of most of the tracks and a lot of the mixtape can overrule vocals with production.

The lyricism is not great but can be entertaining. on the right songs. Shy is not the most lyrical of rappers and doesn’t seem to mind so much. His raps come across as basic in comparison to some in the rap game today and in this case it may even be most other rappers being more lyrical than Shy.

The features are alright but don’t shine or stand out on any of the tracks. They sound very similar to Shy or have lyrics that don’t add anything to the songs. This creates a poor experience when it comes to Shy working with others and this doesn’t create a good listening experience.

Overall, this is a good introduction to Shy Glizzy for new listeners, but if you have heard him before then this is more of the same and keeps him one dimensional. To grow as an artist, he needs to experiment some more and try to get away from his formula and the rutt he is stuck in when it comes to song making.

Hustle Gang – Get Dough or Die 2 Review

This is a nice collection of the same sounding songs that do not fully show the talent on the roster. It is very unfortunate that this is not the standout label roster showcase the G.D.O.D series is intended to be. Even the head honcho, T.I, who is a very talented rapper, sounds comfortable but not excelling on every track. He still comes across as the top guy amoung the others on the tracks but he is not putting out the rhymes that we all know he is capable of, even with the double time flow.

The lyrics are not strong on this album. T.I shows what he can do but it comes across as he is not really trying and a couple of others, Trae Tha Truth and Young Dro, do quite well on the tracks they are on. The others however come across as very similar and non-distinguishable. B.o.B does some alright work on his tracks but even Iggy Azalea comes across as mediocre on the track she appears on.

The production is good, but needs more variation. Although done by different producers, they come across as almost the same. Mostly trap based beats, they all seem to follow a generic formula and pattern that doesn’t create a very entertaining atmosphere.

One of the good things going for the project is the energy that goes into it. A majority, if not all, of the tracks have a lot of energy and that is one of the only positive things about this project that could have been so very promising.

Overall, this does not live up to its potential at all but can provide a couple of good songs to use, possibly as some sort of workout mix for when you go to the gym.