This is a solid release from Bonkaz with a good range of songs, but with quite a few rough edges. While Bonkaz shows some good skills, he doesn’t sound completely comfortable throughout.
The production is good with a safe amount of variety to help keep it fresh. With the strong UK influences, this is not totally cohesive because of the cutting between most of the songs. A little more easing in between tracks might help make this flow a little better.
The lyricism is great with Bonkaz showing a lot of clever lyricism as well as solid delivery. However he doesn’t sound like he totally fits in with the timing of the beats and can sometimes sound like he is struggling to keep up the rhythm. Maybe he should try staying at a slower pace and really hitting his mark instead of sounding out of place on the faster songs.
The features are entertaining and help add a lot to this project. The choice is great because he is bringing up his team with him and helping them get their name out into the public. There is a good balance of singing and rapping, but maybe adding a few more higher profile rappers would help show that Bonkaz can rap with the higher tiers.
Overall, this is a good showing of what Bonkaz is capable of, as well as highlighting a few areas he may want to look at. Bonkaz should use this as motivation towards his next album.
This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.
The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.
The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.
Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.