DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

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.

Fabolous – Summer Shootout Review

This project is great as it shows that Fabolous is still making great music. He uses his great skill. To make these that have a summertime feel but with a winter coldness.

The production is great as it is light and breezy but with the ability to apply to any content. The beats are all individual and won’t get confused with any of the other songs. Any other style of production would not have been in the keeping with the theme.

The lyricism is fantastic with Fabolous showing how he first built his name in Hip Hop. He uses a range of techniques flawlessly to get his point across with great imagery and with plenty of impact. There are no real problems with the rhymes on this project.

The features are diverse and help to pull the project together. Each has an enjoyable verse or hook that helps push Fabolous to work harder as well as show what each of the guests are capable of. Maybe some more singers could give the project a little extra something but there are no problems with the selection here.

Overall, this project is a great showing for Fabolous and to show that the mixtape world can still crank out album worthy projects. Hopefully Fabolous can carry this momentum forward.

Lil Dicky – Professional Rapper Review

This is a great album for progression in Hip Hop. Lil Dicky expertly shows a fresher opinion of what is achieveable in the rap game for those of different backgrounds to the original blueprint.

The production is great with a fantastic blend of new and old school sounds. This allows for a lot of scope and for Lil Dicky to show how talented he is while exploring where he fits in the hierarchy of rappers. Some slower beats could show that Lil Dicky works with even more diverse beats, however what he works with here is not even close to bad.

The lyricism is excellent with fast paced rhymes that are laced with a variety of techniques. Lil Dicky crams a lot into his songs in terms of volume while keeping things complex and interesting to listen to. A few slower sections would show that Dicky can use more than speed, but he does well to showcase so much talent from a relative newcomer.

The features do a great job allowing Lil Dicky into the rap world with such an embrace. Each brings a lot to their verses or hooks which are all cohesive to the project and have chemistry with each other as well as the main artist. A few more singing as well as higher ranking players could make more of a balanced project and possibly push Lil Dicky a bit harder, however there is no doubt that the people on here do a great job.

Overall, this album is fantastic and works very well in promoting Lil Dicky to the world. He should be proud of the steps he has taken here in putting other rappers to shame by being honest and not trying to be someone he is not.

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth Review

This album is what the title describes. All the tracks have truth in them and Trae does a good job putting his passion into the rhymes.

The production is great and gives enough scope for Trae to really explore around his emotions and feelings. There is not too much going on in the background to overpower the artists but they do have enough impact that they aren’t forgotten. Some more higher energy tracks could have balanced it out slightly more, however that would not be in the spirit of the emotional sharing.

The lyricism is good but most of the enjoyment comes from his delivery. His unique tone makes Trae easily discernible to the listener while his rhymes have enough power behind them to sink in and make you think. Some more complex techniques could entice more of an audiance, however that is not the aim of this project. Trae has selected his audiance and plays directly to them.

The features all do a good job of adding more depth to the tracks. They all bring a lot of effort to thier songs and give another opinion on the topic at hand. A couple more singing guests could strengthen the additional dimension, but Trae has selected a good group for this project.

Overall, this album is enjoyable to listen to while also making you think. It is good to see Trae make a full album rather than the stream of features the world has seen from him recently.

Jeezy – Gangta Party Review

The title of this mixtape describes exactly what you will find when listening to it. There is a track for almost any party scenario and Jeezy excels in this particular area.

The production is excellent and is all exactly what each track needs to stay energized and keep the atmosphere going. All the tracks have a slightly different feel while keeping the party vibe to keep the theme alive. Maybe some songs with a more emotional feel could make a more well rounded project but that is not in the spirit of this project.

The lyricism is good but is not near the best in the rap game. While the rhymes are entertaining and all lend themselves to the energetic party theme, it is not overly complex to bring in that particular audiance. However each track is enjoyable and the simplified rhymes help to get the party factor across.

The features all help with the energy factor. Most of them are up and comers who make trap music so fit in well with what Jeezy is looking to accomplish. This means that they each bring good effort to the track they are on to help make a cohesive project.

Overall, this is a good mixtape if you need something that the title describes. However it is not much good for anything else.

Boosie Badazz – Touch Down 2 Cause Hell Review

This album is a great comback for Boosie after his incarceration and after putting in work on other peoples projects. He takes all his effots growing as an artist and his connections made with other artists to craft an album with a great balance of fun, emotions and guests.

The production is excellent and works perfectly with each track’s message. The beats are all diverse and definately wont be confused with each other, while also staying true to the message of each track. Maybe mixing up the structure of the album to space out the emotional content could help to make a whole listen through easyier to digest but it is all still entertaining to hear a whole play through.

The lyricism is good and is improving still, but falls short of perfect. Boosie fills his song with wordplay and the lines that don’t have a rap technique in, he fills with passion and emotion so that it has a good amount of impact with the listener. He may want to try and add a touch more complex wordplay into a few more lines to pull in the lyrical purists.

The features all put in a good job assisting Boosie on the tracks. They each write great verses and put on fantastic performances that lead to great cohesion over the album. A lot of big names are involved in the credits and shows how far Boosie has come in his career.

Overall, this album has a lot of great points and with no obvious mis-steps, this is an easy album to listen to. It could still be a bit smoother and Boosie could still improve his lyricism, but there is no doubt that he has been able to craft one of the better albums of this year so far.

Peewee Longway – The Blue M&M Vol 2 (King Size) Review

This is an enjoyable listen if you are already familiar with Peewee Longway and his particular rap style, but it could be difficult for this mixtape to bring in many more listeners for the rapper. The begining sets the tone for the majority but there are some more interesting tracks at the end if you can make it that far.

The production is a touch bland in places but is alright overall. Some tracks require Longway to carry them along with his rapping and have no substance of thier own which can lead to a very repetitive listen. With some more solid production to go with instead of trying to carry each song based solely on your own talent, this project could have had some more replay ability.

The lyricism is poor and Longway relies heavily on delivery and features for each song to be enjoyable. The only problem with that is his delivery can become stale after a while because he tends to use one vocal tone and creates a monotone listening experiance. If you are looking to carry every song on rap alone, you need to make sure you can pull it off.

The features are good and help bring a level of diversity that the project sorely needs. Each puts in a good verse and, while being in the same vein as Peewee Longway, sounds different and helps the track they are on become easier to listen to as a result. Some guests a bit further afield from his comfort zone may create an easier to listen to but these features add a lot to this project.

Overall, this is not a great effort from Peewee Longway but it can be enjoyable to people who enjoy formulaic and generic sounding songs, but not many others. He needs to try and seperate himself from the rest of the pack and not simply making more music that almost anyone else could have made.

Problem – OT: Outta Town Review

This is a better than expected project from Problem as he has really started separating himself from the ordinary rappers into a faster lane for himself. If he can continue to move in this direction, then he may become more of a household name than he currently holds.

The production is excellent for the music Problem is providing. The beats are street gritty while still seeming polished and varied enough to cover a lot of ground on content and tempo. At twenty one tracks long, there is a lot fo ground to be covered but the project stays interesting to the end because of the beats involved. It is possible for the beats to be slightly more structured but it can be said that this project is great from a production perspective.

The lyricism is not the most complex but is average combined with excellent delivery to create an enjoyable listen from a rap side of things. Problem does a great job in putting his passion into his rhymes and it comes across as a fantastic performance on every track. Some more complicated wordplay may bring in a wider audiance but Problem does a great job rapping on this mixtape.

The features put in a great effort and come up with some fantastic verses that help keep this mixtape feeling fresh and stopping it getting stale across its twenty one tracks. With some big names on here, it shows that Problem has some connections in Hip Hop and that those connections think that Problem has some potential in the rap game.

Overall, this is a great effort from Problem and an enjoyable listen to. It may be a bit more chilled than some are expecting but it is still energetic and puts Problem in a strong position moving further into the new year.

Yo Gotti – Concealed Review

This is a street project the way they are supposed to be done. Gotti mixes in most if not all elements of street life and does it well enough that it is enjoyable for everyone to listen to.

The production is good and helps to explore all the angles of street life. The beats are diverse which allows Yo Gotti to explore more ways of making the street music. All of it comes across as fresher than most street music made these days which is refreshing for the genre.

The lyricism is better than Gotti has put out in the past, while keeping the same feel from his music. He may not be the head of the lyrical pack, but his improvements are moving him further away from the bottom which can only be a good thing. More rap techniques are used to help open up Yo Gotti’s descriptive ability that makes this project even better than first thought.

The features are also good, which helps to shoe hoe Gotti has risen to become a force in Hip Hop. Gotti works cohesively with the others on this project, who all put in good verses and appearances. The features all add something new to the tracks they are on and help fill out the project instead of hearing one voice.

Overall, this is a great project for lovers of street Hip Hop and a good one for lovers of Hip Hop in general. With some more readily available emotions and a touch more variation in his delivery, Yo Gotti’s next album could be a great work of rap music.

Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 2 Review

This is a great mixtape and has everything that a project needs to be considered a classic. It has range, wordplay, a great delivery and a good theme running through it. This is a great work of Hip Hop and should be listened to by everyone and Kevin Gates is shown as a great force in the rap game.

The production is good while being dark and gritty. This fits with the running theme and helps to build the atmosphere on the project to make it more enjoyable and enthralling. The beats cause the listener to be sucked into a monochrome world of gangsters and the streets and it is a fantastic listen through.

The lyricism is very good and clear on every track. Gates does well when it comes to storytelling on some of the tracks and does well to relate to his own experience on other songs. He weaves these moments together to create a flowing track list that is an easy and enjoyable listen that is worth more than one listen.

The features are good and help bring the mob feeling to the mixtape. This is good since the mixtape is named after a mobster. They help to bring out a more cohesive project, since they break up the monotony of one voice, and help add depth to an already fairly deep mixtape.

Overall, this is a very good mixtape that should be commended for pretty much every aspect of rap and Hip Hop. Fans of rap, Hip Hop or Kevin Gates should give this album a chance as it will soon become one of you more played projects of recent years.