This is a daring project to take Hip Hop back to a more lyrically focused time and Fabolous does a great job doing it. The fact that the production is all from previous songs makes this even more challenging for him but he takes it all in his strides.
The production is excellent, although not new. Most of the beats may have an old times feel, but each comes from a classic track that makes Fabolous compete for the best verse. It would be nice, even though he recently released a new album, to hear some fresher production but he works well with the backings on these songs.
The lyricism is excellent and there are few ways for it to improve. Fabolous crams every track with an assortment of lyrical techniques that improve the impact of each bar as well as the imagery. His laid back delivery can sometimes make it feel like he is not really trying but the way he structures his rhymes helps to show his passion.
The features all do a great job and all help build the lyrical ability on this project. All of them are lyrically adept and showcase their own ability while somehow boosting Fabolous to new lyrical heights. While this mixtape needed the lyrically able, it may be interesting to see Fabolous work with some artist further afield from his own ability.
Overall, this is a great mixtape because it doesn’t rely on the production to carry it. All the production is from previous songs by other artists and Fabolous simply takes it to show that he is still one of the best to do it.
This is a good reminder about Paul Cain’s existence in Hip Hop but it would be good to see more from him. Having not released a full length album as he mentioned on this project, he does show he can rap and rap well, however limited the content may be.
The production is good and makes the project easier to listen to. The beats blend well into Cain’s vocals and help to create tracks that become easier to listen to. Some modern sounds in some retro patterns help to make this a more enjoyable listen than just using more basic beats.
The lyricism is alright but is more sentenced on performance than actual wordplay. The delivery is strong and powerful and this helps to make the average lyricism seem better and helps show Cain as a good rapper, which he undoubtedly is. However he may be considered a great rapper if he upped the complexity level of his wordplay.
The features are good and help to give an extra edge to the level of diversity on the mixtape. Cain is a good rapper but it is good to hear some other voices when Cain has such a low natural pitch that it can sometimes become monotonous. They have some good lyrical abilities and help bring new levels of depth to the mixtape.
Overall, this is a short and cohesive mixtape but needs some fresh content. Cain may also want to play more of a lyrical game and get more of his old acquaintances involved to help build more atmosphere on the tracks.