Mike WiLL Made-It – Ransom 2 Review

This is an energetic release reminiscent of the first Ransom project, but there is a certain amount of formula that is clear in each of the tracks. While the production from Mike WiLL is fantastic, what each artists does with it all seems to lead down the same path, with a few exceptions.

The production is phenomenal, with Mike WiLL creating trap beats that may seem similar, but all have different aspects that makes each individual. In a few cases it seems like there is a base guideline rather than an organic blooming to his creative process, but it still yields some great results. Maybe seeing what he can do outside the trap sub-genre could be an interesting challenge for the producer.

The features on this project are exactly what you would expect to find on songs from a producer as big as Mike WiLL. A stream of A-List rappers as well as fresh up-and-comers helps show a great level of respect for the producer here. It is a shame that so many come from the same vein of writing and delivery, but individually, they all still have good performances.

Overall, this is another release from an exceptional producer that proves he deserves the money and respect he is given. Only time will tell if he will attempt to branch out and attempt to work with a wider pool of talent.

Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 Review

This is more of the same from both members of Rae Sremmurd and is unremarkable, but extremely catchy and hypnotic music. While entertaining, there is little to no showings of personnal growth from the duo, which is a bit of a let down.

The production is good and enjoyable, but can become repetitive. Each song doesn’t run together but contain a lot of the same elements that makes them seem less special. Maybe trying something further from their comfort zone could make a more balanced project.

The lyricism is alright but is very middle of the pack. They don’t push themselves to be better than others with their rhymes, but they know they don’t need to with the kind of music they make. While that is true, it would still be a better album if they tried to draw in more purist listeners.

The features help to make some of the tracks more interesting by bringing their own flavour to the songs they are on. Each puts in a good effort and helps make the project more cohesive. Some guests further from the comfort zone of the main artists would help show growth and experimentation, but the features on here work well with Rae Sremmurd.

Overall, this project is full of energy and will no doubt spawn some popular singles, but is not a great project for Hip Hop. It lacks technical skills and could do with an injection of wordplay with less repetition.

Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC Review

This album has a lot of what Ty has already showcased on, but the greatness is in its variety and vocal range of tracks. Ty uses a lot of different backings and stretches his voice to new notes to make this project work.

The production is very diverse with some almost country beats mixed in with the pop and club ones. The range of beats on here allows Ty to give a glimpse of the different genres his talent could extent to. Blending them together into this one album makes for a great listening experiance with no real issues for the beats.

The lyricism is not complex or complicated but as Ty is more of a singer than rapper, this is not the most important thing. The actual singing is impressive with his signiture voice and style being effective to enhance the impact of the words. Ty shows he is good at what he does and that he will keep being good at it.

The features do a great job of fleshing out the album with new voices. With Ty singing, each of the features carries the rap portion of the album and does a good job of carrying the burden. While not on every track, they really help make the project be more cohesive and entertaining.

Overall, this album is great for listening through in the background, its biggest problem being content. It is a lot of well trodden ground but with a fresh new crooner at the helm.

Juicy J – Blue Dream and Lean 2 Review

This is an enjoyable project if you are the target audience of stoners, If you do not fall in that category however, this may be a repetitive project that may be difficult to hear all the way through.

The production is classic Juicy J and is exactly what you expect to hear on one of his projects. The bass is in heavy use throughout the project and there is no big melodies that play on almost any track. With some more variation and experimentation outside this single track formula, this may have a wider audience.

The lyricism is nothing special as yet another content driven project comes to light. With your typical tracks about drugs, women and money come together, with one offering about the recent shootings of young black men, these songs may have been made by almost anyone. It is Juicy J’s flow and cadence that makes this remotely interesting to listen to.

The features are good, with exception of Project Pat, and put in some good efforts for the most part. Pat is the anomaly because he is so very like Juicy J in the first place that when finding Juicy repetitive, it simply comes across as more of the same. However the rest of the features out in great work and diversify the project to a more enjoyable level.

Overall, this is a good project for stoners to listen to, but if you are looking for something refreshing to listen to, this is not it. Juicy may need to try a new angle or fresh approach if he wants to keep expanding his fan base.

Two-9 – B4FRVR Review

This is an enjoyable project and a good show of why Two-9 is a group to watch this year. With their combination of styles and flows, this set of individuals has the potential to go far in Hip Hop.

The production is good for what Two-9 are trying to do on this project. The beats are background enough so the members of Two-9 are prominent on the tracks, but interesting enough to help keep the songs interesting and not just noise. Some more diversity into a wider range of beats, more uptempo and modern, may yield a fuller project but this is a good point to build on.

The lyricism is good but may not be readily accessible to everyone. While the rapping is enjoyable, the wordplay is not strong throughout and is only prominent in certain areas so everyone may not be ready to hear it for the lyricism.

The features are good and help to build on the success that Two-9 has. The connections on this project show Two-9 is growing in power and each of the features puts good effort into thier tracks. The project only grows with every voice on it.

Overall, this is a good project for Two-9 and everyone else on it as it shows good things are happening in Hip Hop. With a bit more diversity and a few more projects under their belts, they could go far in the rap game.

Rae Sremmurd – Sremm Life Review

This is a complete party album with a touch of feelings thrown in for good measure. There are a lot of energetic tracks to get the blood going with the ocassional thought about consequences thrown in for good measure.

The production is good as Mike-Will Made It is behind a lot of it. His signature style plays well with the artists delivery and flow which helps to make each song individually good as well as the project overall. The sounds on each track are signature to Mike-Will made it and help to make this a more focused effort on the production side of things.

The lyricism is not great but with the energy put in and the performance put in, helps to make these good songs. While there is some lyricism present on these tracks, the duo don’t put in too much lyricism to make these tracks appealing. These songs are mostly aimed at the club goers and head bangers and it targets that audience beautifully.

The features are good and help give some extra depth to the album while also showing that Rae Sremmund have some music industry connections. The featured artists give great verses that, in a lyrical sense, show up Rae Sremmurd. However the tracks are very enjoyable to listen to.

Overall, this is a good project for Rae Sremmurd to get their name recognised and to help in the resurgence of duos and groups. With the team around them, and the energy they put into their tracks. they have a chance to go very far in the Hip Hop world.