Leaf Dog – Dyslexic Disciple Review

This release is a good showing of UK alternative rap with a lot of solid aspects with a lot of carry over to other genres. Leaf Dog is leading the way to making this alternative a mainstream.

The production is great as it is catchy, bouncy and keeps the energy flowing through the project. Each beat is individual and doesn’t get confused with each other and the use of different influences is clear on each one. None of these fit any mainstream formula which shows that not all artists are in rap to be in the public eye and that their integrity is important to them.

The lyricism is very interesting with great wordplay, but a flow that can sometimes become stale. The actual rhymes are fantastic with a lot of imagery and similes, but the way Leaf Dog seems to go to the same rhythm and without a lot of variation in flow. Pushing himself a little out of his comfort zone could go a long way.

The features are good but don’t provide a lot of diversity in their performance. They do a good job of fleshing out their verses, but sound similar to Leaf Dog, apart from the last song, so it can be difficult to separate them out. Something further from his comfort zone, once again, could add some more edge to the album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable release that is entertaining to listen through. It is not breaking any boundaries, but it is leading alternative rap out into the wider audience a little more.

Verb T And Illinformed – The Man With The Foggy Eyes Review

This album is great for people who have been following Verb T’s career but it does not do a great deal to entice new listeners. The content is personnal to Verb a lot of the time so unless you know a bit about him already, you could be at a slight loss.

The production is handled by Illinformed and he skillfully keeps up his signiture sound while giving Verb T plenty of oppertunity to showcase his skills. There is a slight haunting atmosphere in the tracks as well as a sort of dark energy. For this project it works well, but More variety could lead to a more interesting listen through.

The lyricism is good and makes some really great moments. However some of Verb T’s delivery can become stale, despite his passion backing it. If he varied his tone a bit more, his rhymes may sink harder into the listener. On the other hand, he does use some intricate wordplay as well as some other devices that show he is still effective at his craft.

The features work well with Verb T and efficiently with Illinformed beats. Each puts in good effort and compliments Verb T’s style well. A few guests outside of his comfort zone could make some more interesting tracks, however the ones here do a fantastic job.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album that shows Verb T can stand alone as with his group members, The Four Owls. This is a good step for both him and for Illinformed, to get thier names out there to the people.

The Four Owls – Natural Order Review

This is an enjoyable project from The Four Owls, but is not as alternate as iTunes tried to tell me it is. It is simply UK rap that does not fall under the Grime genre, not alternate rap.

The production is good and is different from regular rap, but is not unheard of in style. The beats are smooth and sound more musically traditional in the sense that you can hear more real instrument sounds instead of modern noise. The group may try some more modern beats to try and acquire a wider audience but the production they have chosen so far in thier careers have been good for the message they want to send.

The lyricism is good and not overly complex. Plenty of lyrical techniques are involved throughout the project and are accessible to all listening. The more hardcore lyrical listeners may argue that the lyricism doesn’t run deep enough but there is enough here to satisfy most who hear it and enjoy it.

The features are good and help to add more diversity to the already differentiated tracks. Each gives a new angle on the message for the track while also showcasing their own talent to the audience of the album. Maybe some more big names to help increase their profile would be good on their next album, but these all do their job well on this one.

Overall, this is an entertaining album to listen to and a good step for The Four Owls. A refreshing take on rap music while still not taking any really big steps out of the playbook has lead to a great listening experiance and a great project for Rap.