This is a nice collection of songs but it does not feel like a total album. It might have some great moments, but it only feels like a piece of something bigger.
The productions is great with a lot of different offerings opening up a lot of avenues for content. The way it plays through can feel a little stop and go, but it does work for the duration of this project, although not anything longer. The main issue is that anything longer wouldn’t work, but this feel surprisingly short, while replay ability is moderate it can feel the listener feeling cheated.
The lyricism is clever and sharp, as Nas always is. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest wordsmiths of the modern age, Nas does not disappoint with his wordplay on this release. His performance on here will help show the newest generation of rappers, not to throw shade at the older generation because they can still do a damn good job.
The features all help to build this track up, but on such a short project, it is a shame to see time taken from the main artist. They do a good job of showing their skills as well as add more cohesiveness to the release. It would be interesting to see how Nas would interact with a few other artists, but its good he kept at least that much time for himself on here.
Overall, this is a nice selection platter for what Nas is capable of, but is not totally satisfying. Maybe on his next release, it will feel like a meal, rather than a sample.
This release is a true reflection of how talented Nipsey Hussle is as both an artist and a business man. Victory Lap is a perfect title to fit this as it shows not only the content of the music, but also how Nipsey has progressed in recent times.
The production on this is energetic and impactful. Each beat is full of classic west coast sounds that show that Nipsey is a strong representation of what the modern west coast sounds like. Something further afield then this signature sound might give an indication that Hussle is trying new things, but he knows what works well for him and uses this to pick backings that he is extremely effective over.
The lyricism is great with the delivery helping to boost the impact. The wordplay is fantastic and helps shows why Nipsey Hussle has such a loyal fan base in the first place. Maybe something with more of a story to tell would be interesting, to see how he would handle it, however he is definitely adept at using what made him a household name in the first place.
The features do a great job of adding their voices to the message of the track they are on. Each shows their own skills and passion for music while helping to build on Nipsey’s work on the song. Maybe a few more singers could add another dimension, but the guests all do fine work on this album.
Overall, this is an entertaining release that has plenty of replay value. Nipsey Hussle has had some great success and this should show that it isn’t fleeting.
This album is full of great songs that prove that Jadakiss is where he says he is in the rap hierarchy. his ability to be this lyrical while going over these hard beats makes for a lot of really great moments for Hip Hop that should make a lot of the new generation stand up and pay attention.
The production is great as it sees Jadakiss using his underground feel to make headway into the mainstream which is not easy to do. The backings all give scope for content as well as having a wide range to offer to the messages of the tracks. Maybe a few more softer tracks could show that he can make more of a balanced project but Jadakiss has selected his backings very well for what he wants to show.
The lyricism is obviously fantastic with Jadakiss using every technique under the sun to keep his rhymes fresh. The way he puts his lyrics together leads to some really intricate and hard hitting moments that the listener will remember for a while. There are no issues with how Jadakiss puts his opinions and views across on this project.
The features do a really good job of showing that Jadakiss has serious connections in Hip Hop that are talented and can compete with him on the songs. Each one puts in a lot of effort and helps to make the project cohesive while showing that competition is not dead in the rap game. Maybe a few more singing guests could bring in a slight more mainstream feel and bring this to a slightly wider audiance, but Jadakiss has selected poeple he can work well with and it shows.,
Overall, this album is great to listen to street, lyrical or entertainment perspective. Jadakiss shows that the title of this album is accurate and that he has earned his spot there.
This album is great to listen through and does not have many jarring moments that ruin the experiance. Puff has crafted an album that proves he can still make music that people will enjoy.
The production has a big enough range to show Puff can work with a variety of tracks as well as different atmospheres. Each song is individual while being cohesive with the overall project. A few slower songs could show that Puff has a tighter grip on his emotions, but the project does not actually need it.
The lyricism may not be the most complex but it does help tell the story as well as show Puff’s skills on the mic. He shows that he can still hang with some of the best even if he is not considered one of them. Some more creative bars could have helped the project but may have ruined the delivery part of Piff’s display.
The features all do a good job of pushing Puff to his best performances while putting thier own strengths forward. Each puts a lot of pasison into thier verses to help bolster thier individual performances and help the tracks to be more cohesive. Some more singing guests could have a bolstering effect on the songs, but that would defeat the purpose of Puff Daddy and the Family.
Overall, this is a great album for putting on and kicking back to as well as partying around to. Puff can still create music that the public wants to hear.
This is an album intended to provoke thought and, to an extent, it does. However it lacks the energy to really make the songs stick and make the messages stay with the listener.
The production is good as individual tracks and all have the right tone for the messages. Each has an atmosphere that helps the impact of the messages when listneing to it. However they lack luster and do not have a lot ofreplay ability.
The lyricism is great and shows amazing creativity from King Los. His rhymes paint vivid pictures of what he is describing that unfortunately fade away as a new picture takes its place. Maybe changing up the content to less conscious naterial could help Los make tracks people will want to replay.
The features all add an extra dimension to the project as they are mostly singing which reflects well with King Los’ rap style. All the guests bring good verses that build each track up and help increase how cohesive the tracks are. A few more features that would push Los lyrically could be good, but these are all good choices.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album for the emotional listener who wants to hear of darker, thought provoking topics. However if you want something lighter, this may not be for you.
This album is ruined by all the references to how successful he currently feels he is. However the arrogance displayed does not reflect his position in Hip Hop and this project may well have brought him down a stage.
The production is good and opens a variety of avenues for song content. Troy does try his hand at a variety of track types, but doesnt get into the groove of each beat to make the connections cohesive. While variety is good, he needs to limit it down to a beat selection he really gels with.
The lyricism is alright but the lack of substantial content really takes from the performance. Troy Ave does have some good things wrapped into his rhymes but the delivery and obsession with wealth take away from what could be some great songs. Troy needs to look into some new things to rap about if he wants to be an actual success.
The features are a mixture of cohesive guests to big name rappers who all do well on the tracks they feature on. All of them put in good effort and, while some do better than others, each shows they can be big in Hip Hop. Some features that dont fit the rap profile so much could have expanded the audiance for this project, but the guests on this are a good selection.
Overall, this could have been an enjoyable album but Troy Ave does not seem to care about how good the songs are as long as he can rap about money. He has a lot of work to do.
This is just a taster for what is to come from French Montana’s next project ad it appears to be much more emotional and not so much coke this time. The tracks are filled with feelings instead of trying to make the next big party tune which is a different angle for Montana.
The production is good, but could deviate more than just using one sound through each track. While the backing beat should be in the background and the artist should be the main focus, it should move with the lyrics and not be the same thing through the whole song. If the beats had moved then the emotional content would have much more impact. None the less the production is still good as the overall sound is in line with the message on each track.
The lyrics may not be overly complicated, they are powerful as they are connecting on a more emotional level overall and are much more relatable to the wider audiences. Montana makes an effort to make the audience experience what he is saying instead of it passing them by and he does this by keeping his rhymes straightforward so that you can’t miss them.
As a sampler for his next project, French chose well not to put any features on as it is supposed to be a showcase of his own skills and not of who he can get on a project. It helps show the chemistry between himself and the producer on all of these songs, Harry Fraud, which helps to make the project more cohesive.
Overall, this is a good sample of what’s to come and if he keeps up like this, French Montana could have much more success in 2015. He may not be the most lyrical but he is finding ways of staying relevant and popular with this kind of music.