Travis Scott – Astroworld Review

This release is a masterpiece for Travis Scott and the rap community. Every song is masterfully put together and the energy throughout makers it a very easy listen.

The production is amazing, separating itself from almost all other music with how crisp and intoxicating the beats actually are. Each song has the perfect atmosphere and compliments the artists on it. There are no issues with how the background music plays on this album, none at all.

The lyricism is not exactly the most complicated and intricate out there, but the delivery and performance elements bring them home. The way the beats and the lyrics meld together so seamlessly really strengthens the tracks as neither are blocking the other out and making both elements very enjoyable. The wordplay is not bad, but could do with maybe a small boost to reach every corner of the hip hop world.

The features, while not credited on the streaming side, all contribute strongly to this project and add just what is needed on each song. While some may not seem like the biggest contribution, all make this the cohesive listen that has made such a smash hit. There is a chance that a few more singers could add another edge, but may ruin the vision Scott had for this.

Overall, there is no doubt that this will go down as a lot of people’s favorite album. Travis Scott has used his considerable talents to craft a truly remarkable project that every listener can enjoy, at least for a certain extent.

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Skepta – Konnichiwa Review

This album shows that Skepta is a clever lyricist while showing different sides of fame. The project has a few angles that will help push Grime music to new heights.

The production is good overall with some tracks having much hard hitting beats than others, and the others being more experimental to make them stand out in a different way. There is a lot of classic grime backings that are selected with plenty of room for Skepta to manoeuvre. Maybe some beats further from what we know him to work with could make some more interesting moments.

The lyricism is not the most complex it could be but it is full of passion for the music and Skepta certainly doesn’t slouch at all. His delivery is what really pushes this into greatness with his lyrics being clever and witty to help back that up. There are no big problems from a vocal perspective.

The features add to the project by bringing new perspectives and opinions to the songs. While some of the guests may have similar delivery to the main artist, each is individual and showcases their own skills. Maybe some more guests from different genres could show more of a willingness to stray from his formula, but there are no problems with what was chosen for this project.

Overall, this album has a lot of great moments that can be marred by the skits tacked on the end of songs. Skepta should be happy with how this came out, but may look to make future projects more cohesive.

Snoop Dogg – Bush Review

This is an interesting album from Snoop Dogg as it comes across as more commercially viable and much less street than his previous endeavours. This is most likely because he has more of a role trying to stop the violence He use to indulge in.

The production is some of the best in the game right now. Pharrell does a great job handling the beats to keep them light and enjoyable. This may not be more enjoyable to fans of Snoop’s older music, but it is definately a good step forward for Snoop to remain a prominent figure and move Hip Hop in a more positive direction.

The lyricism is alright. It is not complex or complicated but laid back and easy to enjoy. Snoop utilises his unique style to make some songs that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people. His use of autotune is far too frequent and detracts from his rapping ability, but are still accessible to the wide audiance.

The features are great and add a level of diversity to the album. All bring good performances while most bring a radio friendly side that adds a softer dimension than the listener is used to hearing from Snoop Dogg. That being said, more features from Snoops younger days could add a higher level of cohesion but there is no doubt the features on this project are good choices.

Overall, this album is a positive step forward for Hip Hop as well as Snoop Dogg. He is definately stepping further from his gritty street roots but into a more positive light and hopefully Hip Hop will follow from the darker side.

T.I – Paperwork Review

This is a diverse album, but it may not connect with everyone as a cohesive project. There are tracks for trapping, radio tracks, tracks for women and tracks for driving to, however all together they don’t entirely blend. It does follow the idea of a film,¬†as there is a song on there for pretty much any scene that could come up, but even as a soundtrack it doesn’t exactly flow all the way through.

The lyricism is good on each track and helps to lend to the descriptive nature of the film it was partly designed to be. T.I is still sharp and plays effortlessly on every track. However on some tracks the backing is slightly overwhelming for his voice and can make him fade into the background instead of at the forefront where he should be.

The production is amazing, but with Pharrell executive producing its hard to imagine the production being bad. Each track is distinguishable from the others and is one of the points that helps shape the collection of tracks into an album. T.I also recruits some top producers, like producer of the year DJ Mustard, to help keep things at the forefront of Hip Hop and for things to sound as fresh as they can.

The features are interesting to say the least. They all add something to the tracks they are on, and it is interesting to see that some of them are featured on several tracks and not just one. All of the featured artists help to add to the diverse nature of the tracks since they help break from just hearing T.I for the length of the project.

Overall, this is a good album for T.I as it shows that he is still lyrically sharp and that he is still culturally relevant, while being able to appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. However the project needs more of a theme or story to tie it all together, to make a great album and not just a great collection of tracks.