Gucci Mane – Droptopwop Review

This is another solid release form Gucci Mane, but it is carried by its beats. Gucci does his thing, but it becomes monotonous as a whole listen through.

The production is fantastic with Metro Boomin providing some great backdrops. Each song is individual while having similar elements, but that is due to the same producer doing every song. There are no issues with the backgrounds as they are all sonically great.

The lyricism is not complicated but it is effective. The wordplay is there with some clever rhymes used, but there is a lack of variation in flow that drags it down a little. Some more effort in the performance and diversity could help lift this up a level, but it is still enjoyable.

The features are great as they help break up some of the monotony. Each puts ina  good verse and while some sound similar to Gucci in style, they seem to have more energy and passion to fuel their verse. Maybe some singing would add another edge, but this is still a strong selection.

Overall, this shows that Gucci Mane does not plan to slow down or change the formula, especially when it puts up numbers like he was doing last year. If he wants to stay on this hot run, he might need to look into adding a little more flavour, but he will still make a bunch of money off of this.

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Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me Review

This release show more of a softer side of Ross that listeners might not have expected. There are a few of the more street based tracks, but they appear to have less effort put into them than then slower ones that Ross shines on here.

The production is great with a few gritty beats mixed in with the slower, emotional ones. The slowed down ones leave room for Ross to be more creative, whereas there is so much going on in the backing with the energetic ones that the lyrics can get lost. On the whole, it is a good choice to try to balance the productions but if you do, then you should put equal effort into both.

The lyricism is good with Ross doing more to prove he is lyrically nice on this project. While not evident on every track, the verses on this show personal growth as well as a possible increase in skill. Rick Ross does well to flex his lyrical muscles on these tracks, but maybe still try on the more hood based efforts too.

The features are good and help build up the cohesiveness of this project. Each does a great job of showing what they bare capable of and how it blends with the styles of the others on the songs. Maybe trying to bring up new artists could help solidify his status as a rap great, but the guest selection on here is fit for purpose and works well.

Overall, this is a great release for Ross as it shows he is still working on his talents and becoming the best to ever do it. Maybe trying to improve on the formulas he is using for a few of his songs might help, but this works as a project.

Nipsey Hussle – Famous Lies And Unpopular Truths Review

This is a great project for Nipsey Hussle to keep his momentum going ready for 2017 to be a bigger year than this one has been. He demonstrates his talents and why he is still a prominent figure in the rap game.

The production is good with energy and passion going through all the tracks. There is some similarities between some of the songs, but that can be put down to the west coast flavour that Hussle enjoys using. Some variation would show a more complete ability, but Nipsey is just giving a flavour of what he is capable of to get people ready for upcoming releases.

The lyricism is good with plenty of wordplay to make the rhymes entertaining. Each bar has the signature delivery that helps elevate the raps while the punchy bars land the messages home with ease. Some more experimentation with flow and pace might show a little more willingness to be open to the direction hip hop is going in, but Nipsey shows he knows what he is good at and excels at it.

Overall, it is a shame there isn’t more from Nipsey Hussle on this. The guests help make this cohesive, but doesn; t leave so much room for the main artist to explore thier skills. that being said, this is still a great few tracks to enjoyat any time.

Master P – The G Mixtape Review

This project shows that Master P still knows how to put together a great project, even if limited on content. The guests really do well to help bolster this as Master P is starting to sound a little dated.

The production is great with plenty of energy and excitement throughout. Each backing fits the message of the song well and is engaging in its own right. Maybe some song with a little less happening in the background could allow more manoeuvrability for the artists on it, but it all still works well on this mixtape.

The lyricism good but can become stale as the content can come across as limited. Master P does have a few tricks up his sleeves but his brand of shout rap can be repetitive and mostly rapping about money he has made can make some songs somewhat dull. Some more branching out of content would go a long way.

The features all do a really good job of shoring up the tracks they are on with good efforts. While some guests are there to show they are still great and others to make a name for themselves, they all do a good job of helping make this project great. Some more singers could bring a new flavour to this project, but the selection here is comprised only of talented rappers.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape but the length of it can make a full listen through hard, as well as the topics being repetitive. Master P will always be a legend in the game, so lets hope his upcoming projects are a bit more balanced.

DJ Khaled – Major Key Review

This album had high hopes, but falls flat a lot more than it soars. Some tracks come across as cohesive genius whereas others seem more like formulaic noise to try and bring in more listeners who are not Hip Hop educated.

The production is good in places and great in others. There is a lot of energy running through the project but in a lot of places the elements in the tracks become more merged together into background noise rather than being effectively tools. Maybe some more beats with less happening in them would open up more space for the artists.

The features all do their job and most do it well to help flesh out this project. The verses tend to be effective but the hooks come across as repetitive in a lot of cases which really lets the album down. Some more imagination in that particular aspect would go a long way.

Overall, Khaled has made his playlist of high value artists and put together a collection of music that will appeal to most. However only a few tracks will remain with the listener.

Royce Da 5’9 – Layers Review

This album shows a lot of different ways to look at Royce Da 5’9 as an artist as well as a man. His clear ability as a lyricist as well as his story telling makes a great listen.

The production is fantastic as it is more background than trying to overpower the vocals. There are many different flavours throughout the tracks which helps give the right atmosphere for the message Royce is giving out. Maybe some more aggression would make a more balanced album but there is a great level of continuity as the album progresses.

The lyricism is incredible. Royce uses his unique flow and incredible ability to weave complex lyrical techniques into his stories to really make them stand out with detail. There is not a lot that can be improved on here as Royce has proved himself a veteran word smith with great verses for many years now.

The features are good and help show that others relate to his stories. Each puts in good effort to make their verses as good as Royce and to add to the listening experience. There is a fair balance of guests who sing and rap, but it is possible that some more interesting combinations with people further from the rap genre.

Overall, this is a great selection of songs to listen to. The skits can become tiresome after a few listens but these can mostly be lifted out as they are individual tracks. Royce might not have crafted a perfect classic, but it is definitely headed in that direction.

Tyga – Rawwwest Alive Review

This project is simply more of the same from Tyga with few forays into new territory. Tyga needs to get out this slump and work on some fresh angles.

The production is good with plenty of energy and scope for content, but not a lot of variation in instruments or even tone. While the songs don’t run into each other, they are not exactly easily distinguishable from one another if Tyga had not rapped over it. Some more effort needed to select more diverse backings.

The lyricism is not bad but could use improvement. Tyga has a style that he does not bend from easily but can become stale as the project goes on, especially with the content staying so similar. More changes in flow and content would go a long way with this project.

The features help tie together the project by adding fresh voices. Each has a good verse which helps raise the quality of the project overall. Again, more diversity could go a long way.

Overall, this is only a great project if you like what Tyga has already made, re imagined in a few new ways. If not, then you may want to look elsewhere for your next listen.