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.
This is a better than expected project from Problem as he has really started separating himself from the ordinary rappers into a faster lane for himself. If he can continue to move in this direction, then he may become more of a household name than he currently holds.
The production is excellent for the music Problem is providing. The beats are street gritty while still seeming polished and varied enough to cover a lot of ground on content and tempo. At twenty one tracks long, there is a lot fo ground to be covered but the project stays interesting to the end because of the beats involved. It is possible for the beats to be slightly more structured but it can be said that this project is great from a production perspective.
The lyricism is not the most complex but is average combined with excellent delivery to create an enjoyable listen from a rap side of things. Problem does a great job in putting his passion into his rhymes and it comes across as a fantastic performance on every track. Some more complicated wordplay may bring in a wider audiance but Problem does a great job rapping on this mixtape.
The features put in a great effort and come up with some fantastic verses that help keep this mixtape feeling fresh and stopping it getting stale across its twenty one tracks. With some big names on here, it shows that Problem has some connections in Hip Hop and that those connections think that Problem has some potential in the rap game.
Overall, this is a great effort from Problem and an enjoyable listen to. It may be a bit more chilled than some are expecting but it is still energetic and puts Problem in a strong position moving further into the new year.