This is an amazing EP released by one of the top lyricists out there. After his impressive ten minute freestyle, people have been craving more from this artist and this is as good as it gets.
The production, handled by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council, is incredible. There is plenty of variation and distinct sounds to make each beat stand out. Sometimes the beats are a little too strong and override the lyrics a little, but all of these backings could be used as instrumentals and still be a success.
The lyricism is, as expected, amazing. Black Thought is renowned for clever lines and he packs all of these songs with bars. Considering the messages throughout the release, this is no easy feat and Black Thought weaves through the wordplay masterfully.
The features all do a great job of showing their own skills while keeping the project cohesive. All three show good chemistry with Black Thought and assist in making the EP flow freely. It is also impressive that they all work with the content so well and can add their own experiences as well.
Overall, audiences everywhere are hoping that this EP is just a taste of what is to come, as the title suggests there are more volumes coming. Black Thought will hopefully take this momentum and continue to put out music that the world wants to hear.
This is another strong release full of smart lyrics, enjoyable beats and poignant messages. While there is still a sense of fun, there are some important points made and both artists here do a great job showing their skills while getting them across.
The production is amazing and is entertaining to everyone. There are some good samples that are then flipped and turned into incredible backings that help keep the listener interested. DJ Premier continues to deliver his signature sound in ways that keeps the audience enjoying every second.
The lyricism is, of course, steller. Royce shows he is still a strong lyricist with examples of wordplay that keep Royce in contention for one of the best lyricists. He could have played around with his flow a little more, but he is well known for this style and exploits his creativity through it with ease.
The features do a great job of adding fresh voices to the tracks and enhancing the message given by them. Each brings a lot to the table and shows great chemistry with the rapper and producer. It would be nice to see Royce’s Slaughterhouse cohorts appear here but it is always nice to see that a member of a group doesn’t need to be propped up with them to make a great album.
Overall, this is a top release to show people that both artists are still forces to be reckoned with. Both should push forward with solo projects to continue to show those who have not heard of them why they should have.
This release shows more of his lyrical talent and emotions than his last release which shows him in a series of different lights. His musical skill is fantastic and this project will help secure his place as a great wordsmith.
The production is great because it keeps the project flowing without overriding the actual rhymes. Each leaves space to manoeuvre as Soul requires with his unique flow. Maybe some more energetic offerings might show a more complete picture of Ab-Soul, but these beats all go well with the messages he is putting across.
The lyricism is strong with each song benefiting from the flow and delivery, as well as the wordplay. Ab-Soul paints vivid pictures and tells good stories with his bars, and shows a lot of dexterity. Possibly some more aggressive emotion would show a more whole human being, but Soul does a great job reflecting on this side of his.
The features are great as it helps bring new characters into this story.. Each has a good effort that shows their skills as well as helping this project to stay cohesive. With some singers in the mix, this is a good guest selection to have.
Overall, this release is great as a listen through as well as an emotional roller coaster for Ab-Soul. Hopefully he can take a good spot in the charts with this release to get more recognition than he is currently getting.
This album is great for those who enjoy a slightly more laid back and thoughtful project to listen to. While there are some more pumped up moments, this project is great for provoking thoughts with powerful images.
The production is smooth with no moments that sound out of place or forced. 9th Wonder puts hins signiture style all over this with the more melodic beats instead of relying on heavy bass. Maybe more of a balance between the higher energy and the deeper thinking could have made a project aimed at a larger audiance but there is no doubt that what is selected for this is effective.
The lyricism is great with its imagery and ability to settle in the listeners brain. Talib Kweli does a great job showing how he can work his complex lyrics into understandable messages that all can ponder over. Some more songs aimed at energizing the listener could have helped make this a more universal album, but that may have defeated the purpose of such a project.
The features all do a great job of fleshing out this project with different view points on the situations provided. Each puts in a lot of effort to tkeep thier verses interesting and competing with the others for most poignant verse. There are no real issues with the guest selection here, but maybe some more singing features could have added a few more interesting moments.
Overall, this album is great to sit through if you want something relaxing or somehting to think over. Both Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder do a great job on thier seperate parts that come together to make a great project.
This is a great album to stick on if you don’t want to be tied down to one artists point of view and opinions. There are a lot of good points on this album that make it enjoyable listening.
The production is really stunning and is the best thing about this album, which is a big deal. Each track is individual and they all cohesively run together without the listener being confused about what song is on. There are no flaws about the beats that Selektah is using to craft a very entertaining album.
As Statik Selektah is a producer putting together this album, the features make up all the lyrics on this project. However they all come with great verses and hooks, which contain a lot of thier own lyrical acrobatics. A few more rappers with a faster flow may have kept the energy flow up a bit through the project, but that may have stopped the balance of the correct atmosphere for each song.
Overall, this is a great album for all audiances of Hip Hop. The smooth production with the quick acrobatic rhymes make for a good time and this is a great stepping stone for Statik Skeletah.