De la Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody… Review

This is a fantastic album with plenty of replay value and that will appeal to all listeners of Hip Hop. The group have used the kickstarter campaign to make a piece of art that will last for years to come.

The production is excellent with a lot of influences from other genres, predominantly jazz. While many rappers these days might struggle with these backings, each member sounds at ease over them which helps contribute to the cohesiveness of the project. There are no issues with the selection here as De la Soul once again push the envelope looking to expand others attempts to pick great beats.

The lyricism is complex and clever, while sounding laidback. Each member sounds like it is the easiest thing in the world to be such clever rhymers while being comical, telling a story or sending a serious message. Again, there are no serious issues with how thier vocals come across on this album.

The features all do good work, even if it is only a skit or interlude. The guests on the songs help to bulk it out with new voices and opinions while not detracting from the somewhat experimental sound De la Soul put across. They have a good balance of rapping to singers as well as people from different eras to help make this album great.

Overall, this is truly a fantastic album that will have listeners begging for more. Since that is how this album came around, after crowd funding this project, maybe more can be made the same way in the future.

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Canibus – Time Flys, Life Dies… Phoenix Rise Review

This album has all the aspects of being a solid Canibus album as well as having some choice guests that show how his stock is rising once again in the Hip Hop community. However at over an hour and a half in length, he may have tried to cram too much into this project, and with the average track length being over four minutes it is a long haul.

The production is excellent with a few different flavours being thrown in to diversify the beats. Each has a different feel and atmosphere to help the message get through to the listener. However with the tracks running so long, it can feel like the backing becomes repetitive as you hear each song for that length of time.

The lyricism is excellent and Canibus shows why he was a powerhouse in the battle rap ring. The tracks are peppered with all sorts of lyrical prowess and rap techniques that make the words more powerful to hear and more enjoyable to listen to. Canibus should be commended on not only his expert lyriricism, but being able to keep it up for stone length of this project.

The features all do a great job and with some of Hip Hop’s elite included in the album, Canibus shows that he has serious connections in rap. All the guests put in good effort and come away with fantastic verses that make very cohesive tracks. Canibus may want to consider a signing feature or two on a more commercial track to help appeal grow with the mainstream audiance, but he may lose core audiance due to “selling out”

Overall, this is a very entertaining album and a great addition to Canibus’ already big catalogue of music. He shows that he is still a force to be reckoned with and that his strength in rap is still growing.