Fabolous – Summer Shootout Review

This project is great as it shows that Fabolous is still making great music. He uses his great skill. To make these that have a summertime feel but with a winter coldness.

The production is great as it is light and breezy but with the ability to apply to any content. The beats are all individual and won’t get confused with any of the other songs. Any other style of production would not have been in the keeping with the theme.

The lyricism is fantastic with Fabolous showing how he first built his name in Hip Hop. He uses a range of techniques flawlessly to get his point across with great imagery and with plenty of impact. There are no real problems with the rhymes on this project.

The features are diverse and help to pull the project together. Each has an enjoyable verse or hook that helps push Fabolous to work harder as well as show what each of the guests are capable of. Maybe some more singers could give the project a little extra something but there are no problems with the selection here.

Overall, this project is a great showing for Fabolous and to show that the mixtape world can still crank out album worthy projects. Hopefully Fabolous can carry this momentum forward.

G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out Review

This album shows that G-Eazy can rap and do it well, but does not necesserily know the formula to a wining song. Some song chemistry is needed to tie the album together a bit more.

The production is different from the normal with a touch of abnormal patterns and sounds to give the music a dark edge. The songs follow the theme of when things are dakr, but it does need to still be tied together. Some more cohesion between the songs would help this project a lot.

The lyricism is great with G-Eazy easily striding through his rhymes with good and individual delivery. His lyrics are full of different techniques and devices to improve his imagery. Maybe some more changes to flow would help bring this project together.

The features are one of the most cohesive elements of this project as they help show the chemistry G-Eazy can have with other artists. Each has a good verse that helps to push the songs ot new hieghts. Some more variation in the type of guest with maybe more singing would help to show his diversity a bit more.

Overall, this is a great step for G-Eazy as it helps to hone his skills. Maybe on a brighter project, he could show that he can have more variation when it comes to content.

Straight Outta Compton Film Review

While this is not the usual review that goes up on here, this film is very important to the culture and how Hip Hop has evolved over time.

This movie is extremely emotive and shows a lot of hardships that the group had to go through for what they believed. It covers everything from the formation of the group to the aftermath of Eazy-E’s death. It shows the obstacles that each individual has to overcome and on top of that, it shows the struggles of every day life as a young black man in America at the time.

The cinematography is amazing and makes the scenes very vivid and makes the whole thing seem much more personnal to the watcher. The casting and acting is fantastic which helps the movie seem serious and give the impression of watching the actual events.

The messages come across loud and clear to help bring the issues of the time back to mind and show how there is still a lot of room for change. It shows how different people were treated so outragously based on things like the colour of thier skin or other such things. Bringing this back to the forefront of people’s mind shows that a lot of things still need to change, especially when taking into account the controversy surrounding the police and other law enforcement.

There are a lot of iconic scenes in the movie, both from NWA and America at the time. Some are of great moments and other of much lower points. All are important to what happened to the group as well as how events unfolded in the country around them.

The music is of course as near to perfect as it could possibly be. With a lot of classics slipped in to show how the artists moved forward, there are also some new songs used for great effect as well as still showing that the artists are still growing.

Overall, this film has a lot of elements that will appeal to a wide audiance even if you don’t have any particular interest in the music. This is a must see for a lot of people and there will be others who will considerate it a good look, but everyone should watch this to help understand what some people go through and why it needs to change.

Sy Ari Da Kid – S.O.O.N Review

This is a mixtape that connects emotionally with the listener, straying away from the generic “Go Hard” formula to make a much more intimate project. Sy makes this a slowed down set of tracks that that the listener feels very involved with.

The production is very good, but it could do with a few more energetic songs rather than all being slowed down. The production is smooth and flows together very well, but through the project it feels like it takes much longer than the actual play time to get through it all as it is really quite slow. With some more upbeat tracks, this would be a great listen rather than a good one.

The lyricism is definitely present but could do with being a bit more obvious as everyone may not appreciate it. Sy’s delivery is not strong on these tracks and he can find himself fading into the background a bit. This means that the lyricism he puts in there may not be heard by everyone, but when you hear it, it is good and enjoyable.

The features are good and help show the connections Sy has made in his career. They each put in a good effort with good results and help to add depth to each track. Each feature adds a new level of contrast to Sy and helps show that he can rap well in comparison to the others on this project.

Overall, this is a good project but may not be energetic enough for some and may not be strong enough on delivery for others. \However it should not be overlooked and is worth at least a spin or two.