Vic Mensa – The Manuscript EP Review

This release is great as preparation for an upcoming album as well as showing some great song making skills. Vic Mensa shows a great flexibility in the songs he can make and with this taster, the album has a lot of promise.

The production is great and helps fill the space that Mensa can not. Each beat is clear and definitely couldn’t be confused together. On this EP, the beat selection is great, but it can be hoped that Mensa doesn’t stay so diverse and he can keep it cohesive.

The lyricism is great with Vic Mensa showing a lot of skill with his rhymes. His delivery is punchy and his wordplay is renewed, as he may have sounded a little too content on his previous release. If he can carry this momentum into his next album, it is sure to achieve success.

The features are good and show a good understanding of who will help improve a song. Both do a great job of fleshing out the tracks while not taking from Vic Mensa’s performance. If he continues to pick guests like this, his next project will work incredibly well as a listen through.

Overall, this is a nice palette cleanser of other rap music to ready the listener for the next release from Vic Mensa. With creative ability like this, it should be a commercial success and a piece of absolute artwork.

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Meek Mill – DC4 Review

This project is very entertaining and shows that Meek Mill still has a passion for rap despite all the beef he finds himself in. It is good to see he is better than just a target for any number of rappers.

The production is good with plenty going on in the background to support the lyrics. Each beat contains similar elements but are diverse enough that they are not too much alike. Some slower songs could help balance this mixtape out, but Mill has a strong selection to work with here.

The lyricism is good but is not fantastic. Meek Mill relies on his delivery a bit too much and his rhymes do suffer slightly because of it. While they are still clever, his lines need a bit more complexity to appeal to a wider audience.

The features are ok but many run in the same vein and have thier own weaknesses. There is a lot of autotune that doesn’t work great with the beats and Mill’s own style as well as many other shout rappers that sound similar to the main artist. Some more variation would go a long way on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project because of the energy running through and the fun that comes from it, but it does have its pitfalls. Meek Mill shout take what is in this mixtape and refine it for a future album.

Logic – Bobby Tarantino Review

This mixtape is more proof that Logic is already a big name and has the potential to go huge. His fast pace helps keep energy up while some big beats keep that momentum moving forward.

The production is excellent with a lot of interesting sounds used to make great backings with a lot of room for Logic to choose content. Each beat reflects Logic’s passion for the subject matter as well as his own character. His selection here is good and it will be interesting to see how his ear for the production will change as he goes on.

The lyricism is fantastic with complex schemes weaving intricate tapestries that leave the listener wanting more. Logic shows additional skill by being able to do this at such a pace that it takes several listens to catch all the different techniques he uses. No problems with the lyrical side of this at all.

The choice to have only one feature is good as it gives Logic more time to show what he is capable of and not just what the people he knows are capable of. The guest does a great job showing Logic can work with others as well as showcasing his own skills. Maybe on the next project, a few more people could make some more interesting moments.

Overall, this is a great place holder before the next album. Logic should be very happy with what he has put out here and should carry that into his next project.

Royce Da 5’9 – Layers Review

This album shows a lot of different ways to look at Royce Da 5’9 as an artist as well as a man. His clear ability as a lyricist as well as his story telling makes a great listen.

The production is fantastic as it is more background than trying to overpower the vocals. There are many different flavours throughout the tracks which helps give the right atmosphere for the message Royce is giving out. Maybe some more aggression would make a more balanced album but there is a great level of continuity as the album progresses.

The lyricism is incredible. Royce uses his unique flow and incredible ability to weave complex lyrical techniques into his stories to really make them stand out with detail. There is not a lot that can be improved on here as Royce has proved himself a veteran word smith with great verses for many years now.

The features are good and help show that others relate to his stories. Each puts in good effort to make their verses as good as Royce and to add to the listening experience. There is a fair balance of guests who sing and rap, but it is possible that some more interesting combinations with people further from the rap genre.

Overall, this is a great selection of songs to listen to. The skits can become tiresome after a few listens but these can mostly be lifted out as they are individual tracks. Royce might not have crafted a perfect classic, but it is definitely headed in that direction.

Yo Gotti – The Art Of Hustle Review

This album is Yo Gotti making more music about what he knows with his same drawl that he always uses. His style and content is becoming stale which is accentuated by his inability to write a hook.

The production has plenty of energy running through it to help the listener enjoy some aspect of this project. There is some diversity in the backings but not enough to stop a lot of the songs sounding very similar. Yo Gotti should look to try some new types of beat so he can continue to stay current in the rap game.

The lyricism is not good with a lot of basic wordplay that allows the rhymes to be forgettable and takes a lot of their impact. More variations in flow would have helped a lot as well as Yo Gotti sounds very mono-tonal as the project goes on. There is plenty of room for improvement on the lyrical side of things.

The features are good as they add the only variation in the whole project. Each may not have the most entertaining verse but they certainly raise the profile of the project as well as bringing fresh voices. Some guests further from the rap genre could have added another dimension.

Overall, this can be enjoyed in the right frame of mind, but is not for everyone. Yo Gotti needs to shake up his formula if he wants to bring in a wider audience.

Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude Review

This album s a good introduction to the direction Pusha T is heading and he shows his ability on every track. The way this project has turned out, whatever comes next will be incredible.

The production is on the dark side but with enough energy to keep the listener interested. Each song has a standout beat that would not be confused with any other song on the album. Something cheerier could show that Pusha T can have more of a balance, but that is not in keeping with the theme of the project.

The lyricism is good with Pusha T doing plenty to keep his rhymes interesting. Using a range of techniques he adds a lot of imagery and impact to his words to make them land harder with the audiance. There are no real problems with what Pusha T has delivered on this project.

The features do a good job of fleshing out the songs on this album so that they are enjoyable and provide comparison points for Pusha T. Each brings a good verse that pumps up the project and makes some good chemistry on the project. Maybe a few singers could help to balance out this album a bit more, but the guests really work well here.

Overall, this is a great album for those waiting for Pusha T to keep pushing rap forward. He only does well here so let’s hope he carries this momentum forward.

Sheep Louch – Silverback Gorilla 2 Review

This album is a great balance of street content but with more of a refined sound. Sheep Louch has grown musically and it shows on this project.

The production is good with the raw power of street music but with the more refined radio sound that makes this easy to listen to. The beats are all cohesive and follow through well without blending well together. There are no problems with the selection of backings for this album.

The lyricism is good with Sheek using different techniques without a rapid pace to show that bars still exist in Hip Hop. The variation in his rhymes help give his lyrics an edge and make the songs more enjoyable. A few changes of flow could show a willingness to try new things but he knows what works well and does that fantastically.

The features help make this project even more cohesive and show the connections Sheek Louch has in the industry. Each brings a good verse that makes thier tracks more entertaining. There is a good balance of singing to rapping as well so there are no particular issues there.

Overall, this is a very listenable album that will have fans bumping it for a long time. Sheek Louch has done a really good job of putting this together and should be proud of this result.