Skeme – Inglewood 2 Review

This is a great project with a lot of range in content and the audiance it may appeal to. Skeme shows that he can make songs for almost any Hip Hop listener and that he can do it well.

The production is excellent and blends well with Skeme’s style of rap. The beats are diverse with a fair amount of style variation and can be distinguished from one another easily. It is possible that Skeme should try a few backings with more of a mainstream feel, but may not want to compromise his integrity to gain more fame.

The lyricism is also good with Skeme stepping up his currant skills with more wordplay. Every bar seems to contain a rap technique that helps with the imagery and really boost how Skeme is coming along as an artist. He could still try changing his flow up a bit on songs for a touch more impact but he is definitely improving and making good rhymes.

The features are all good and show a great range of people that Skeme can work with. All the guests bring good verses that really boost the tracks and make the project more cohesive. There are no wrong choices with these guests and they all work together well.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape that shows many sides of Skeme. He does well to craft such varied rhymes and should be commended on his work ethic.

Jeezy – Gangta Party Review

The title of this mixtape describes exactly what you will find when listening to it. There is a track for almost any party scenario and Jeezy excels in this particular area.

The production is excellent and is all exactly what each track needs to stay energized and keep the atmosphere going. All the tracks have a slightly different feel while keeping the party vibe to keep the theme alive. Maybe some songs with a more emotional feel could make a more well rounded project but that is not in the spirit of this project.

The lyricism is good but is not near the best in the rap game. While the rhymes are entertaining and all lend themselves to the energetic party theme, it is not overly complex to bring in that particular audiance. However each track is enjoyable and the simplified rhymes help to get the party factor across.

The features all help with the energy factor. Most of them are up and comers who make trap music so fit in well with what Jeezy is looking to accomplish. This means that they each bring good effort to the track they are on to help make a cohesive project.

Overall, this is a good mixtape if you need something that the title describes. However it is not much good for anything else.

Gucci Mane – King Gucci Review

This album has more classic trap music from one of the best to make it, and the way the project is structured makes all of it enjoyable. It is fairly short in comparison to some of Gucci’s mixtapes which helps keep it cohesive and enjoyable.

The production is good and works well with the type of music Gucci makes. On this project, each beat is diversified and helps make each track standout and stop them rolling into one. As this has been a problem on previous projects, it is good to hear a choicer selection of beats used on a Gucci project.

The lyricism is not complex but can be enjoyable. While his actual wordplay is fairly average, and his delivery can become stale, his continuous working of the beats with pure catchiness makes an entertaining listen. He still may want to make his wordplay more complicated but there is no doubt that Gucci makes energetic music.

The features are good as they are different enough from Gucci that they have impact on the tracks. Each has a good verse that shows the main artist can work well with others. However it may be good for Gucci to look for features further afield from his own style.

Overall, this is an enjoyable mixtape with a lot of highlights. Gucci is showing he is still a force in Hip Hop and that people shouldn’t forget about him. 

Peewee Longway – The Blue M&M Vol 2 (King Size) Review

This is an enjoyable listen if you are already familiar with Peewee Longway and his particular rap style, but it could be difficult for this mixtape to bring in many more listeners for the rapper. The begining sets the tone for the majority but there are some more interesting tracks at the end if you can make it that far.

The production is a touch bland in places but is alright overall. Some tracks require Longway to carry them along with his rapping and have no substance of thier own which can lead to a very repetitive listen. With some more solid production to go with instead of trying to carry each song based solely on your own talent, this project could have had some more replay ability.

The lyricism is poor and Longway relies heavily on delivery and features for each song to be enjoyable. The only problem with that is his delivery can become stale after a while because he tends to use one vocal tone and creates a monotone listening experiance. If you are looking to carry every song on rap alone, you need to make sure you can pull it off.

The features are good and help bring a level of diversity that the project sorely needs. Each puts in a good verse and, while being in the same vein as Peewee Longway, sounds different and helps the track they are on become easier to listen to as a result. Some guests a bit further afield from his comfort zone may create an easier to listen to but these features add a lot to this project.

Overall, this is not a great effort from Peewee Longway but it can be enjoyable to people who enjoy formulaic and generic sounding songs, but not many others. He needs to try and seperate himself from the rest of the pack and not simply making more music that almost anyone else could have made.

Young Dolph – High Class Street Music 5 (The Plug’s Best Friend) Review

This is another generic type project that is only slightly more enjoyable than the middle of the pack. Young Dolph may need to do more than he is at the moment to move higher up the rap ladder.

The production is good but becomes repetitive and can blend together into one track. The number of tracks crossed with this unfortunate set of beats means that listening to the whole mixtape can be a drag and that the listener may struggle to reach the end. If Young Dolph tries something new and outside of his current formula, it may show he is capable of more than the mediocre work he does on this project.

The lyricism is alright at best but is often poor and unentertaining. The delivery of the lines is what could make them enjoyable but even that does not come across as anything groundbreaking or done particularly well. If Young Dolph made his brand of rap a bit less generic and more lyrical, he may attract a bigger audiance.

The features are good and brings some big names to this project. It is unfortunate that they have been seen to struggle in some of the same areas as Young Dolph and get caught up rapping so much about money and what it means to them. Some of the guests struggle with delivery while others aren’t very lyrical and it all combines to be a bit of a let down when listening to the whole project.

Overall, this is a disappointing mixtape from Young Dolph who may have a steady income from his formulaic music but if he is looking to progress in Hip Hop, he needs to try and explore more styles of rap and new types of beats. Some more experimental features would also not go amiss.

Yo Gotti – Concealed Review

This is a street project the way they are supposed to be done. Gotti mixes in most if not all elements of street life and does it well enough that it is enjoyable for everyone to listen to.

The production is good and helps to explore all the angles of street life. The beats are diverse which allows Yo Gotti to explore more ways of making the street music. All of it comes across as fresher than most street music made these days which is refreshing for the genre.

The lyricism is better than Gotti has put out in the past, while keeping the same feel from his music. He may not be the head of the lyrical pack, but his improvements are moving him further away from the bottom which can only be a good thing. More rap techniques are used to help open up Yo Gotti’s descriptive ability that makes this project even better than first thought.

The features are also good, which helps to shoe hoe Gotti has risen to become a force in Hip Hop. Gotti works cohesively with the others on this project, who all put in good verses and appearances. The features all add something new to the tracks they are on and help fill out the project instead of hearing one voice.

Overall, this is a great project for lovers of street Hip Hop and a good one for lovers of Hip Hop in general. With some more readily available emotions and a touch more variation in his delivery, Yo Gotti’s next album could be a great work of rap music.