Wu-Tang – The Saga Continues Review

This release has a lot of elements of a Wu-Tang Clan album, but lacks a certain cohesion to fill out all the criteria. This album feels a little unbalanced and is gratefully accepted as almost a tribute to the group, rather than an official effort.

The production is classic Wu-Tang. There is plenty of haunting backings that reflect the groups starting point and how they have kept their flavor. There are a few more modern beats that never sound like a perfect fit, but do help show that the collective is trying to keep up with modern times.

The lyricism is solid from everyone, but only a few really shine out. No one does a bad job, but a few of them don’t perform at their finest and the rest have to pick up the slack. While you couldn’t pick out anyone performing terribly, but only a small percentage performs well.

Overall, with the features performing along the same lines as the legendary group, this release is a little too long. Maybe if it was a little more cohesive, it could have flowed a little easier and made this a little easier to listen to.

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Masta Killa – Loyalty Is Royalty Review

This is a strong showing of why you can’t think any member of the Wu-Tang Clan is not talented. Masta Killa may not be the most well known member of the collective, but he can still make high quality music.

The production is a throwback to the nineties with its haunting and darker sounds than a lot of modern beats. While it can seem like some of the backings can be confused for each other, they all create the right atmosphere for the track they are part of. Maybe something with more of a modern feel could help bring Masta Killa an edge for the newer audience, but the selection here works excellently for the project.

The lyricism is great with the rhymes full of passion and clever lyrical devices to increase the level of description. The delivery helps with the skill and dexterity needed to make it sound so effortless. Some changes in flow might help show a little more flexibility but the bars in this show that Masta Killa is still hungry to make quality music.

The features do a great job of fleshing out this release and showing not only that the Clan is still strong, but also some of the other connections that Masta Killa has made. Each of the features shows why they are talented while keeping a high level of consistency for the project overall. Something a little further from the Hip Hop field might make a few more interesting moments, but there is no doubting the star power of the guests here.

Overall, this release has some great messages as well as a lot of enjoyability. Masta Killa has done a great job curating this album and hopefully it gets the recognition is deserves.

Snoop Dogg – Neva Left Review

This project is way back classic Snoop. Everything about this is West Coast magic that shows that the title is totally correct and that Snoop is still a force to be reckoned with.

The production is great with plenty of scope for the content. Each beat is individual but with plenty of West Coast flavour to take it back to those old days. With the goal in mind to show that Snoop never left his roots, there are no issues with this release.

The lyricism is even more classic Snoop with his legendary flow lifting this to new heights. His rhymes might not be the most complex, but they have passion and a unique delivery to help increase the entertainment value. There are no issues with the performance from Snoop on this.

The features are amazing and help keep the West Coast flavour alive. Each puts in a good effort and shows their own skills, while having great chemistry with the main artist. The selection make the perfect atmosphere and could not be improved in any major fashion.

Overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining mix of currant talent and old school feels that makes a great album. Snoop Dogg should be happy and proud of what he has put out here.

Redman – Mudface Review

This may not be the groundbreaking album of the year, but it is packed with a whole bunch of new hits that will take people back to a time of lyricism and hard hitting beats. Redman makes an excellent project without compromising his style.

The production is classic hard hitting and exactly what makes Redman excel. Each has a slightly different atmosphere and bounce to it that helps keep the energy flowing throughout this album. Maybe a change up could show that Redman is a more diverse artist than some give him credit for, but this album has a lot of great moments that show that Redman can select beats that work for him.

The lyricism is great, as we have come to expect from Redman. His rhymes are great for his punchlines and wordplay that embellish each track for large amounts of entertainment. There is little that could be improved on this as even his delivery is somewhat unique to him.

The features do a good job of supporting Redman and helping lift him to new hieghts. Each puts a lot of effort into this verse while putting his own spin on the message. They may not be as good as Redman, but they each have thier own individual strengths. Maybe some singing guests could have made a more balanced project, but there are no real problems with the selection on this.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album that will have Redman fans putting this on repeat for a long time. he has crafted an album that will take people back to a different time in Hip Hop and have them reminiscing. 

Method Man – The Meth Lab Review

This album is enjoyable if you were wanting to listen to people Method Man wants you to hear. However Method man gets a touch lost in the sea of other voices.

The production is good and allows for plenty of room for the artists to manouvre. There are a range of sounds as well as a variety of atmospheres to allow for a fair amount of content. However the changes in content topic are few and more diversity could have led to more interesting tracks, but Method Man still makes some interesting songs.

The lyricism is good and really adds to the enjoyment of the album. Method Man uses his unique vocal tones with his delivery and wordplay to make some really good performances that add a lot to the tracks. However his overload of features pushes Method Man into a crowded frame instead of making him standout. He does make his verses count making them far above average.

The features crowd this project out and make the listener lose focus from Method Man on his own project. While each of them do a good job making thier tracks entertaining, they are not top class rappers as Method Man is. They still do a good job, but there are too many.

Overall, this is a good project that has a high entertainment value. Method Man needs to put himself forward more if he wants to call it his own project.