Goldlink – At What Cost Review

This release is great as it shows Goldlink in a great light and shows he can put together an entertaining, cohesive listen. A lot of great choices on here make this a standout album of 2017 so far.

The production is great with a lot of smooth, easy listening backings that blend together well without becoming one long song. The laid back nature of some of these helps to make this a project you can put on anytime and enjoy. Maybe something more in the mainstream, upbeat region could have helped bring more listeners to it early on, but there is no doubt that there is a good ear for beats involved here.

The lyricism is fantastic. Goldlink does well to keep his wordplay sharp as well as work in the high level of detail that the listener feels. There are no real issues with Goldlink’s performance on this as it is a joy to hear on this release.

The features do a great job of adding additional depth to this with some singing and some strong verses. Each guest showcases their own ability, while blending with the message or theme of the song with ease. Maybe something a bit more brash could add another edge, but the people picked for this work wonders.

Overall, this is is a great release for Goldlink and rap music, as it shows that not only trap music can be catchy and enjoyable. May this sentiment keep going and push other rappers to branch outside the drug based topics.

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Issa – This Summer Review

This is an enjoyable album to have on in the background but there is too much autotune and repetition to be really focused on. Focusing on it shows the flaws in it.

The production reflects the title with a lot of relaxed beats that are very easy to hear. The backings are very cohesive and run together smoothly without becoming one long mess. However a few more variations in beat selection could have made a more balanced project.

The lyricism is alright but there is nothing complicated about it. It is all straightforward, which works well in doses, but over the whole project, it can become boring. A few more changes in delivery could make more entertaining songs.

The features do a good job breaking up the monotony of Issa. Each puts in some good effort and makes an entertaining verse. A couple of features with a bit more singing could have helped Issa out in that department but the choice of features here are a good choice.

Overall, this is a good background mixtape but if your looking for something engaging, you may want to look elsewhere. Issa has some work to do if he wants to become a power in Hip Hop.

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.

Young Money Yawn – Street Gospel 2 Review

This is exactly how it is expected to be. A variety of songs about generic content that somehow comes across as having a new approach and even some humour involved. This is an interesting listen where Young Money Yawn only falls to generic music in patches.

The production is good on this project and has quite a raw feeling, but this can make the mixtape feel unfinished and not quite wrapped up. While the beats do reflect the message of each song, that only works up to a certain point and with these tracks it detracts from the atmosphere. While this project is supposed to sound rugged, the production is headed in the right direction but hasn’t reached its destination.

The lyricism is good and helps show that Young Money Yawn could have a future in rap music. While it is not overly complicated, it is accessible to most, if not all, listeners. This helps everyone enjoy the music and help listeners remember that Young Money Yawn can write great verses.

The features all add something to the tracks they are on and help show the connections that Young Money Yawn has in the music industry. From established artists to up and comers, all help show how Young Money Yawn is moving forward and reaching out to others for assistance.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen that shows that Young Money Yawn is moving forward in his Hip Hop career. However he may need to be a bit more careful with his selection of beats if he wants to make anything radio ready.

Young Dolph – High Class Street Music 5 (The Plug’s Best Friend) Review

This is another generic type project that is only slightly more enjoyable than the middle of the pack. Young Dolph may need to do more than he is at the moment to move higher up the rap ladder.

The production is good but becomes repetitive and can blend together into one track. The number of tracks crossed with this unfortunate set of beats means that listening to the whole mixtape can be a drag and that the listener may struggle to reach the end. If Young Dolph tries something new and outside of his current formula, it may show he is capable of more than the mediocre work he does on this project.

The lyricism is alright at best but is often poor and unentertaining. The delivery of the lines is what could make them enjoyable but even that does not come across as anything groundbreaking or done particularly well. If Young Dolph made his brand of rap a bit less generic and more lyrical, he may attract a bigger audiance.

The features are good and brings some big names to this project. It is unfortunate that they have been seen to struggle in some of the same areas as Young Dolph and get caught up rapping so much about money and what it means to them. Some of the guests struggle with delivery while others aren’t very lyrical and it all combines to be a bit of a let down when listening to the whole project.

Overall, this is a disappointing mixtape from Young Dolph who may have a steady income from his formulaic music but if he is looking to progress in Hip Hop, he needs to try and explore more styles of rap and new types of beats. Some more experimental features would also not go amiss.

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.

Bizzy Crook – Coming to America Review

This is a nice project but lacks the flair to make it a great one. A lot of it is on the soft side of Hip Hop and could do with more aggression to give more energy and fuel to pump this mixtape up.

The production is good and blends well together without losing the borders on each track. The beats are smooth where they need to be and jarring in places where it should be, which leads to a cohesive backing that gives Bizzy Crook plenty of room to manoeuvre when it comes to his lyrics.

The lyricism is good and entertaining but could do with more technical aspects. The story telling portion of his skills are good but he could include more wordplay and other rap techniques to help keep his appeal more open to a wider audience in Hip Hop. This would bring him more to the mainstream and make him more of a success.

The features, or feature in this case, are alright but doesn’t add enough to the track he is on to improve it. In fact, his particular flow compared with Bizzy actually shows that Bizzy is the better rapper and helps show that he is above average.

Overall, this is a good mixtape but wont blow the listener out the water. It has some shining aspects that make it slightly above average, but it isn’t a contender for mixtape of the year.