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.

Skeme – Inglewood 3 Review

This album is a deeper cut than the last installment of this series, leading to a closer connection to the rapper. Skeme shows that he can express his feelings as well as his desires on a song and with a fresh tone in his voice.

The production is varied with more sombre offerings than you would normally find. The beats tend to be more mellow and less aggresive which helps to show a newer side of Skeme with his content. Maybe a few more pumped up beats could have balanced the project out a bit more, but the new side of Skeme does a great job of filling any space that the listener finds.

The lyricism is good with the different techniques accentuating the story telling aspect of the songs. Skeme is not quite as complex as he has been on previous efforts but with the content being so centred on his own personal adventures it is best he focused on how those affected him and getting that point across. He has chosen his words well that there are no real problems with the rhyme side of things.

The features do a great job of having a point of comparison to Skemes own writing. Each has a good effort and thier verses do a fantastic job of making each song very cohesive as well as pushing Skeme to new areas of rap. maybe some singing guests could have shown another dimension of Skeme, but he has chosen those who would work well on this album.

Overall, this album is great if you like Skeme and wanted to delve deeper into his psyche. If this is your intro to Skeme, then this is an introduction that will stick with you for the personal connection.

The Game – The Documentary 2.5 Review

This album is the second disc of his release last week and it continues the standard of greatness. There is at least a few tracks for every Hip Hop listener and they are done very well.

The production is good and keeps his west coast feel well and truly alive. Each song may have the diversity to keep its individuality, but it definately has that west influence through all of it. There are no issues with the backings on this as he covers every aspect of Hip Hop with it.

The lyricism is good and shows he is still improving upon his previous performances. The way he moves within the beats shows great talent as Game has shown every step of his discography. There is little to improve on here, but maybe some radio friendly songs to appeal to the mainstream.

The features all help flesh this out and, while they all put in a lot of effort, show that Game is one of the best out there. Each guest shows that they have some talent and that they can put passion into thier work, but few come close to the main artist. There are no issues with his selection however because each helps make the project more cohesive.

Overall, this album is a fantastic continuation of his previous work that shows Game is not missing a step. If Game can keep this up, then he will truly be one of the greats.

DJ Mustard – 10 Summers: The Mixtape Volume One Review

This mixtape, while being cohesive and extremely replayable, does have a slight downside. That being that while DJ Mustard does a great job on the backing, the actual talent from his roster can come across as very similar to each other in ability and style.

The production is excellent and definately has the DJ Mustard signiture sound all over it. All the beats are really smooth and flow together without merging. There is pretty much no improvements to make to the production on here as DJ Mustard crafts near perfection.

The features do a good job fleshing out these tracks but there are a lot of similarities in the recurring guests. All of them bring good verses that are diverse enough to be enjoyable, however thier style and lyrical prowess all tend towards the same things which is not in your face obvious, but it does show itself to be true.

Overall, this is an entertaining and laidback listening experiance with DJ Mustard showcasing not only his beat making prowess, but what his record label is capable of. His crew bring a good skill level to this mixtape to take forward to thier own projects.

Skeme – Inglewood 2 Review

This is a great project with a lot of range in content and the audiance it may appeal to. Skeme shows that he can make songs for almost any Hip Hop listener and that he can do it well.

The production is excellent and blends well with Skeme’s style of rap. The beats are diverse with a fair amount of style variation and can be distinguished from one another easily. It is possible that Skeme should try a few backings with more of a mainstream feel, but may not want to compromise his integrity to gain more fame.

The lyricism is also good with Skeme stepping up his currant skills with more wordplay. Every bar seems to contain a rap technique that helps with the imagery and really boost how Skeme is coming along as an artist. He could still try changing his flow up a bit on songs for a touch more impact but he is definitely improving and making good rhymes.

The features are all good and show a great range of people that Skeme can work with. All the guests bring good verses that really boost the tracks and make the project more cohesive. There are no wrong choices with these guests and they all work together well.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape that shows many sides of Skeme. He does well to craft such varied rhymes and should be commended on his work ethic.

AD – Blue: 89 Review

This is a project deeply entwined in West Coast Hip Hop with many influences of the Hip Hop zone showing through, but with enough of AD doing his own thing to make it his own. However his variation in his delivery can upset the enjoyment of some songs.

The production is excellent and reflects AD’s origins and track message very well. The beats all have their own feel and the way the project is structured gives a great balance of aggression and softer stuff. Possibly some more beats from further afield may have shown AD can work with different types of producer but what he has selected for this project is really fantastic.

The lyricism is good and helps carry the project. AD does a good job to make his lyrics a bit more complex than street level, but it is not elite level by far. However, the way his wordplay flows and his varied delivery help make each track more interesting. Maybe some more complicated schemes and other rap devices could improve these songs, but with his signature style being what it is, it may not improve them by a huge amount.

The features are also good and help to show that AD can work well with a certain group of rappers, that group being from where he is from. Each writes a good verse and adds a bit of extra flavour to each track, however seem to be very much in the same lane as AD. Some features that show AD can also work with people from a different coast could have shown more of a balance, but these features are very entertaining.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen and a great effort by AD. He does very well to keep his individuality while making tracks it is easy to bump to and should start looking to move forward with his rap career by making more projects like this.

Black Cobain – No Buzz Review

This is a strange project as, for what it aims to be, it is good. But Cobain could aim higher and have achieved more. If Cobain set his mind on a higher target, he may well reach it.

The production is gritty and unrefined which lets Cobain into the style of rap he enjoys using. The atmosphere created by the beats is exactly what each track is trying to say and each blends well into the next without feeling like the same track. Cobain has a good ear for what he wants from a track.

The lyricism is alright but Cobain won’t be sparring with the lyrical elite quite yet. While Black Cobain does use some rap techniques to great effect, he does not use the whole package to dominate the tracks. What he is using is good, if he tried to expand his variety of lyrical techniques, his projects would be more attractive to a Hip Hop audience.

The features are alright but there is nothing that majorly changes the tracks. Each feature puts in some good work but only to the extent that they have good verses without making the track seem any more enjoyable.

Overall, this is a good project that puts Black Cobain in a strong position, but is too centred on what it is trying to be. If he put some more effort in, this would be a fantastic project with more range. However it can still be enjoyed.