Big Boi – BOOMIVERSE Review

This is a great release from Big Boi as it is smooth and does encompass every listener with one play through. Something for everyone and high levels of cohesion have built this up into a top quality product.

The production is fantastic as each beat is strong and can stand on its own, while leaving room for the artists to work and not encroach on their space. You also get the feeling of outer space and the expanse as each song plays and really helps link back to the title. Maybe something with a little grit could appeal more to the more aggressive listener, but the selection here is outstanding.

The lyricism is excellent with Big Boi utilising his clever rhymes with a fast flow to create interesting and enjoyable performances on each song. It could be argued that the actual raps aren’t overly complex and could be more intricate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective and impactful. Something slower may show a more complete balance of skills, but Big Boi only does good work on this project.

The features all help to lift this to new heights as they each put in great performances. Everyone does some of their best work on this album and none feel out of place. Maybe something a little further from the comfort zone of Hip Hop would make more interesting moments, but the guests on this help keep things feeling fresh.

Overall, BOOMIVERSE is a success and is definitely worth a spin. Big Boi should continue to explore his musical skills like this and expand his repertoire of artists he has worked with, as he has done here.

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Snoop Dogg – Neva Left Review

This project is way back classic Snoop. Everything about this is West Coast magic that shows that the title is totally correct and that Snoop is still a force to be reckoned with.

The production is great with plenty of scope for the content. Each beat is individual but with plenty of West Coast flavour to take it back to those old days. With the goal in mind to show that Snoop never left his roots, there are no issues with this release.

The lyricism is even more classic Snoop with his legendary flow lifting this to new heights. His rhymes might not be the most complex, but they have passion and a unique delivery to help increase the entertainment value. There are no issues with the performance from Snoop on this.

The features are amazing and help keep the West Coast flavour alive. Each puts in a good effort and shows their own skills, while having great chemistry with the main artist. The selection make the perfect atmosphere and could not be improved in any major fashion.

Overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining mix of currant talent and old school feels that makes a great album. Snoop Dogg should be happy and proud of what he has put out here.

De la Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody… Review

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.

Nipsey Hussle -Slauson Boy 2 Review

This is a good mixtape for Nipsey Hussle to show his skills are still sharp and he can still make great music. With a range of top mixtapes under his belt, this one only adds to the catalogue.

The production is good with lots of diversity so there is plenty of scope for content. Each beat is entertaining and creates the perfect atmosphere for the message of the song. There are no big problems with the backing selection here, apart from personal taste of the listener of course.

The lyricism is great with Nipsey showing a lot of different techniques as well as impressive delivery. Every song has a message that is clear and made clearer by the wordplay and descriptive ability Hussle displays. Possibly a few more flow changes could have an interesting effect, but Nipsey has a great performance on this project.

The features are good as they help to break up the sound of one voice over the seventeen track project. Each puts in a good effort and helps the project to stay cohesive. Maybe some more singers could balance out the guest side of this mixtape, but all on here are effective.

Overall, this is a great project if your a fan of the west coast as Nipsey Hussle hoists it up on his shoulders and carries through to the modern age. With a few others help, the west coast could beat out the other styles of rap music and be crowned king again.

Snoop Dogg – Coolaid Review

This album has some highlights in it, but misses enough steps that it isn’t cohesive all the way through. The length of the project overall means there are a lot of similarities in the tracks.

The production is good most of the way through and helps give it that classic west coast feel. There is plenty of atmosphere in the tracks, but there are a few instances where there are similar sounding songs on the same album. A shorter tracklist could have helped to make this project sound more organic and fluid.

The lyricism is classic Snoop with some good wordplay and flow, but sometimes lacking in substance. While a lot of the tracks are entertaining, there is a lot of cross over between the subject on some of the tracks. A little variation can go a long way.

The features are good as they help to break up the sound of just one voice saying similar things. While they may rap about similar subject matter, it helps to have a different feel from different guests to show Snoop still has connections.

Overall, if you condensed this down from twenty tracks to a more manageable number, this would be great. However at its current length, it can be work to listen to.

Daz And Snoop – Cuzznz Review

This project is a great listen for that throwback feel as well as some classic West Coast feel. Both Snoop and Daz do exactly what made them famous in the first place and make great music from their era.

The production is funky and bouncy which helps give the whole project a fantastic level of energy while keeping the laid back feel that makes the project cohesive. Each song has the same lifting vibes without sounding the same and remaining individual. Maybe some songs with a more diverse feels could make a more complete project but the point of the album is to show the chemistry between two cousins, which it does.

The lyricism is good but not overly complex. Both the main artists show they can be clever with their rhymes without it going over the listeners head which is good for those listening while enjoying a certain substance that is a central theme to Snoop especially.

The features are great as they have the same chemistry as the main artists do. They all help to keep the project cohesive while bringing great attributes to the tracks they are on. Maybe some more varied guests could have made a few more interesting moments, but there is no doubt the selection on here is great.

Overall, this project is fantastic and while some of the songs are recycled, they work well together as a tracklist. Hopefully both Snoop and Daz will keep this momentum going into the next projects they do.

The Game – The Documentary 2 Review

This is a great album to listen to as it contains a lot of what makes the west coast great in it. Game shows that he is still one of the top rappers out there and uses a great group to make that happen.

The production is fantastic. A protege of one of the best producers of all time picks some great beats to use while keeping his individual flavour over them. There are no problems with what Game has selected to use on this project as he knows exactly what will work for him.

The lyricism is great and while is not the absolute best, is heads and shoulders above the average. Game shows that artists can still be lyrical while using street content and experiances for added spice. There are no real issues with his vocals on this, especially with his almost unique flow to enhance his actual words.

The features are good and help to embelish the tracks. All the guests do the job they need to allow each song to stand out while each feature showcases what they are able to do on thier own. Maybe some people further from Hip Hop could make some more interesting moments, but these features do a really good job.

Overall, this album is great from almost every perspective. Where Game goes from here is a mystery as he is very near the top as it is.