King Magnetic – Everything Happens 4 A Reason Review

This is a strong release from King Magnetic with a lot of replay ability. There is plenty of aggression and energy to help make this an entertaining listen.

The production is great with a lot of easy listening combined with haunting sounds to help punctuate King Magnetic’s messages. The beats flow together very well and help make this a cohesive full listen through. Maybe something a little more pop based could bring in a few more listeners, however King Magnetic knows who his music is aimed at at works well for that demographic.

The lyricism is good, but not fantastic. King Magnetic has a strong delivery that helps boost the impact of his wordplay, but a lot of the punch lands in the themes in the music. There is a chance that some more complex wordplay would help boost the level of detail, but might have lost the impact of the message.

The features are a good selection as they sound like they have chemistry with King Magnetic which always translates into better songs. Each has a style that compliments Magnetics own and helps make better verses for everyone. Maybe some singers could give a little more depth, but this is a great selection of guests.

Overall, this is a rock solid release that is a good addition to King Magnetic’s catalogue. With some aggressive songs and a few softer ones, everyone should give this album a try and more will like it than they might expect.

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Czarface (Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric) – Every Hero Needs A Villan Review

This is a great album filled with comic book references and rhymes that make less able rappers pale. Every member of Czarface does a great job and should be happy with this project.

The production is full of that old school sounds you expect from old batman movies. The inclusion of these older noises help add to the theme and make a cohesive feel. All the beats are diverse and allow a range of content. A few more modern sounding tracks could show that Czarface could still be more diverse, however the selection fits the theme of this project very well.

The lyricism is excellent and all the artists do a great job of showcasing thier talents. Each of them have great verses and incorporate fantastic references within thier rhymes. It is possible that an improvement in thier delivery could help distinguish them from one another, but they all definately have great verses.

The features are good and help build the cohesiveness of the project. They all bring thier own good verses to the album to keep up the high standard. A few singing guests could have added an extra dimension but all of the guests work well together.

Overall, this is a great album to listen to with a few end of track skits and a lot of replay value. All three members should be proud of what they have put together.

Jedi Mind Tricks – The Thief And The Fallen Review

This album has a lot of great moments in it and is all structured to flow easily as a listening experiance. Jedi Mind tricks does well to vary between aggression and emotional content to balance the album out accordingly.

The production is excellent with the instruments sounding more real than the strange robot noises that appear so often in rap these days. Each track is distinctive in its beat which helps show how Jedi Mind Tricks can select production that work well with each song. Maybe a few more songs with a touch more of a pop influence could make Jedi Mind Tricks more of a mainstream influence, but this album has all the atmosphere of a veteran who knows his style and what works well for him.

The lyricism is good and works well with the message on each track. Jedi Mind Tricks works the different techniques into a variety of different flows which are all effective and really build the imagery he is conveying into his music. He may want to try and make his delivery a bit more accessible to the wider audiance as, while it is full of passion, it is a touch more aggressive than some might like.

The features are all good and show how Jedi Mind Tricks can work well with other artists. Each brings a good verse or chorus with them to make the song they are on an effective piece of art. A few more well known features could help put the word out about Jedi Mind Trick’s skills, however the guests on this album are most definately effective.

Overall, this album has a lot of great qualities and a lot of entertainment value. Jedi Mind Tricks should feel good about putting out an album with this level of quality and this album should get more recognition from the Hip Hop community.