This release does show growth from Westside Gunn as well as a touch more versatility. There is still room to try new things and experiment a little more, but there is no doubt that Gunn is in for big success here.
The production is great, with a lot of haunting backings that Gunn excels over, as well as some softer moments to peel back a few more layers of his psyche. The only issue here is that with the delivery of the main artist, the beats sometimes overpower the lyrics and make it hard to hear. On the other hand, this does prove the backings are strong enough to stand on their own and are a good selection to work with.
The lyricism is great and Westside Gunn really shows why he is a rising star of the rap game. He has a great grasp of strong wordplay which really plays into all his songs. It would be interesting to see more changes in his flow to help make a couple of exciting moments, but his delivery works well for the lyrics he spits.
The features all do a good job of expanding the play through with fresh voices and styles. It is great to see him still working well, and having great chemistry with, his label mates, who all show their own considerable skills. The addition of a few big names in hip hop also shows how Gunn has made connections in the rap world.
Overall, this is a great release from one of the rising lyricists in hip hop. Westside Gunn should take all this experiance forward as he prepares for his first major label debut.
This is a strong album, not because it is full of pop style songs, but because it doesn’t compromise on what it is supposed to be. Gensu Dean makes the music he wants to make and his confidence shines through this release.
The production is excellent, with the tracks being smooth and cohesive without merging. There are definite breaks between songs, but with the momentum carrying all the way through. There are no issues here with the production as each track not only has its own atmosphere but contributes to the feel of the project as a whole, to great effect.
The features are all effective with a variation of flows and styles to keep a full listen through interesting. With the diversity of the different voices and styles, the tracks don’t get boring and each has a more unique feel then hearing the same thing over and over. A good selection of guests picked by Gensu Dean help keep this a great listen.
Overall, this project is a great reveal to the hip hop community of a producer who has worked hard with a lot of talent to get himself where he is. If Gensu Dean continues to make consistent music like this, he is going to become a lot more famous than he is now.
This is a fantastic album with plenty of replay value and that will appeal to all listeners of Hip Hop. The group have used the kickstarter campaign to make a piece of art that will last for years to come.
The production is excellent with a lot of influences from other genres, predominantly jazz. While many rappers these days might struggle with these backings, each member sounds at ease over them which helps contribute to the cohesiveness of the project. There are no issues with the selection here as De la Soul once again push the envelope looking to expand others attempts to pick great beats.
The lyricism is complex and clever, while sounding laidback. Each member sounds like it is the easiest thing in the world to be such clever rhymers while being comical, telling a story or sending a serious message. Again, there are no serious issues with how thier vocals come across on this album.
The features all do good work, even if it is only a skit or interlude. The guests on the songs help to bulk it out with new voices and opinions while not detracting from the somewhat experimental sound De la Soul put across. They have a good balance of rapping to singers as well as people from different eras to help make this album great.
Overall, this is truly a fantastic album that will have listeners begging for more. Since that is how this album came around, after crowd funding this project, maybe more can be made the same way in the future.
This album has a more slowed down feel than a lot of rap albums that are coming out recently and it gives much more time to actually listen to what he is saying. Large Professor has crafted an album that could fit into several eras of Hip Hop which is very refreshing to hear.
The production is excellent and gives the Large Professor plenty of scope for content. Each beat is individual and while the songs dont run into each other, it is not a solid block between them. A few more modern age beats could show that Large Professor is trying to appeal to a new generation, but this music is still very appealing to all demographics.
The lyricism is good but not as enticing as it could have been. There is some great similies and some good wordplay but he mostly relies on his messages to carry each track. As long as he has been doing this, he may want to try and up the complexity of his rhymes to keep it interesting.
The features are good as they are diverse enough from Large Professor to keep it interesting, but not so different that they sound out of place. Each puts in good effort to thier verses which helps the project stay cohesive. A few more features that push Large Professor to new areas of Hip Hop, but he has definately put together some good guests on this.
Overall, this is a throwback project that speaks to a lot of different audiances in the rap game. Large Professor does a great job keeping his message on point and crafting a project good enough so that people don’t forget him.