Kanye West – ye Review

This album is a bizarre mix of excentricity as Kanye tackles his own difficulties throughout last year. However there doesn’t appear to be any regret over things he said while lacking passion to fill out his own tracks.

The production is interesting, with a lot of creativity being shown through the use of unusual sounds and patterns. This level of variation helps keep the songs sounding fresh, but stops them feeling fluid as the album plays through. A but more cohesion would go a long way to helping this project as a whole.

The lyricism is, if you take how it was technically put together, great. There is some clever wordplay as well as his signature shout at the end of his bars. However the content leaves something to be desired where, when he tackles some of his more turbulent moments in the year, he doesn’t seem to apologize for anything he said that might have been upsetting or wrong, morally or otherwise. This detracts from what Kanye is saying and may put off some listeners all together.

The features all do a fantastic job of showing their own skills and how they work together with Kanye. Everyone contributes, even if it is just a tiny amount in the background, but it all helps make the songs as good as they are individually. If they were all named on the tracks could be a nice touch, but their contributions are not forgotten.

Overall, this is a nice collection of songs but it does not have the impact of a great album. Some of the songs needed a bit more Kanye on them ot be included on this Kanye album.

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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.

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.

Drake – More Life Review

This is a nice release from Drake with plenty of energy to make a listen through a delight. Drake is right to call this a playlist instead of an album because it is not so balanced as an album should be, but makes a great playlist for almost any situation.

The production is fantastic with all the elements that helped make Drake a household name to begin with. There are influences from grime to dancehall that help keep the palette fresh and cleansed as you listen through the whole project. The beat selection here is fantastic, but maybe a few more slower songs would give this a little more diversity.

The lyricism is great with Drake flexing his wordplay muscles as well as as continuing to shine with his singing. He takes a few subliminal shots at other artists but in ways that still show creativity and that he is still working to stay the top artist in the world right now. There are no problems with Drake’s performance on this project as he continues his run of greatness.

The features are great and show how Drake is growing as an artist. He is not worried about just choosing the biggest names, but instead chooses the artists he wants to work with. All of them do a good job and help make this release more cohesive.

Overall, this is a very entertaining listen through and could be a step into the future of music releases. Instead of trying to make an album that shows every side of you, Drake makes a list of songs that sound great all the way through, and maybe that is the direction the industry is headed in.

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise Review

This is a good project for lyricism andbeats, but Big Sean’s delivery can become monotonous if you listen to it for a lengthy amount of time. However the high level of diversity when it comes to features and beats helps make this an enjoyable listen.

The production is excellent with a high level of quality and range. Each track is different from the one before and fits with the content of each song very well. Some could argue that there is not a lot of slower tracks or not a lot of emotional tracks in comparison to the number of songs on the project, but there is a lot of energy throughout the album so you tend not to notice too much.

The lyricism is good and above average, if let down by Sean’s delivery. The way the rhymes are put together is very clever and entertaining to listen to. The patterns used and the schemes involved are intricate and complex enough to attract that audiance in Hip Hop. However the performance from Big Sean does not have a lot of variation and instead seems to drone on in a way that makes it difficult to really get into the lyricism.

The features are also good as they help bring the variation to the project that Big Sean fails to bring. Eaxch is different to Sean in either style or delivery. Even a change in pitch or vocal tone helps to make the album more enjoyable overall.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project due to the energy and lyricism involved but the lack of forward moving when it comes to Sean’s performance holds this album back. While this can be a problem, the general project is very good and of very high quality, to be enjoyed by almost any fan of Hip Hop.

Drake – If Your Reading This It’s Too Late Review

This is a personal sounding project by Drake with some haunting production, but it is only showing a more toned down version of what we have already seen from him.

The production is good and does well to make a good base for Drake to try and show his lyrical skill. With its minimalist sound and interesting instrument choices, the beats blend together well while staying individual. Maybe some variation could create a more complete sounding project but the production on this is still enjoyable.

The lyricism is alright but is not on the level that could be expected of him. This project is on a more personal level which puts Drake in the position of making powerful tracks. This does mean that he puts touching sentiment ahead of clever wordplay but that is ok as that is the idea. He does this extremely well and creates some tracks with some good messages.

The features put in some good efforts but do not live up to the expectation of being on a Drake project. While they do try hard, they don’t shine and simply fill in space on their tracks until the next one begins.

Overall, this is a good effort from Drake to air out some of his personal life but it has too much singing Drake and not enough rapping Drake for it to appeal to a Hip Hop orientated audience.