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.

Waka Flocka Flame – Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 Review

This is another of Waka’s projects that fits his formula very well and reaches further hieghts than his previous work. The crossover with his “Turn Up Godz Tour” mixtape help to really secure this as a good mixtape.

The production is really good and diverse, which helps to lead to more of a listening experiance that you wouldn’t mind listening to again. There are a lot of beats that seem similar but have enough differences to stop the music being the same. This combined with the higher tempo beats help make this a solid project.

The lyricism is alright and could be considered a step up for Waka Flocka Flame. The songs are littered with simpler wordplay that would not put him amoung the elite in the rap game, but is more than expected from Waka which helps make this project seem even better than if it was his everyday performance.

The features help to show that Waka can work well with a variety of other artists. Now while none of the guests are really out of his comfort zone, Waka has selected those he knows he has good chemistry with and this creates a lot of songs that would be much worse without them.

Overall, this is a good mixtape that has a great energetic feel and a surprising amount of entertainment value. In his work to keep his level of fame high but his street level credentials and realism, Waka has found a great balance and should be very happy with how it has ended up.