Master P – The G Mixtape Review

This project shows that Master P still knows how to put together a great project, even if limited on content. The guests really do well to help bolster this as Master P is starting to sound a little dated.

The production is great with plenty of energy and excitement throughout. Each backing fits the message of the song well and is engaging in its own right. Maybe some song with a little less happening in the background could allow more manoeuvrability for the artists on it, but it all still works well on this mixtape.

The lyricism good but can become stale as the content can come across as limited. Master P does have a few tricks up his sleeves but his brand of shout rap can be repetitive and mostly rapping about money he has made can make some songs somewhat dull. Some more branching out of content would go a long way.

The features all do a really good job of shoring up the tracks they are on with good efforts. While some guests are there to show they are still great and others to make a name for themselves, they all do a good job of helping make this project great. Some more singers could bring a new flavour to this project, but the selection here is comprised only of talented rappers.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape but the length of it can make a full listen through hard, as well as the topics being repetitive. Master P will always be a legend in the game, so lets hope his upcoming projects are a bit more balanced.

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth Review

This album is what the title describes. All the tracks have truth in them and Trae does a good job putting his passion into the rhymes.

The production is great and gives enough scope for Trae to really explore around his emotions and feelings. There is not too much going on in the background to overpower the artists but they do have enough impact that they aren’t forgotten. Some more higher energy tracks could have balanced it out slightly more, however that would not be in the spirit of the emotional sharing.

The lyricism is good but most of the enjoyment comes from his delivery. His unique tone makes Trae easily discernible to the listener while his rhymes have enough power behind them to sink in and make you think. Some more complex techniques could entice more of an audiance, however that is not the aim of this project. Trae has selected his audiance and plays directly to them.

The features all do a good job of adding more depth to the tracks. They all bring a lot of effort to thier songs and give another opinion on the topic at hand. A couple more singing guests could strengthen the additional dimension, but Trae has selected a good group for this project.

Overall, this album is enjoyable to listen to while also making you think. It is good to see Trae make a full album rather than the stream of features the world has seen from him recently.

Snootie Wild – Ain’t No Stopping Me Review

This mixtape does have some great vibes and atmospheres but there are also a few mis-steps that slow the project right down and can almost stop the entertainment altogether. Snootie needs to take that away and work on removing the slow downs.

The production is patchy and varies from track to track on how effective it is. On some songs, the beat is exactly what the song needs and on others it doesn’t fill the void and leaves the song feeling empty. Snootie should select beats with a bit more substance and that offer more of a base for him to build on.

The lyricism is alright but could certainly improve. Delivery and performance are what make the words land with the listener, but there is very little complexity within the wordplay. Snootie should work on making his lyrics smarter to draw in a wider audiance.

The features are alright but don’t always fit in with Snootie Wild’s style. Most bring good effort and enjoyable verses, but there is some laziness and it can bring the project down as a whole. Snootie may want to find some guests with a more competitive spirit to make more interesting tracks.

Overall, some of this project is exactly right and is very entertaining. However there are moments of bad decisions that bring the project down and make it less enjoyable.

T-Pain – The Iron Way Review

This is a very enjoyable listen and while the use of autotune is frowned upon by portions of the Hip Hop community, T-Pain uses this opportunity to show that he is the best at using it and can use it well. There is a lot of energy in these songs and it is mostly down to autotune.

The production is excellent and combined with the autotune delivery makes for some very energetic, club ready tracks. There are a lot of interesting noises and sounds used to create beats that are rarer than others and stand out much re from the crowd. While it would be out of his nature, some more slowed down beats may help T-Pain make more of a connection to the listener.

The lyricism is better than expected. T-Pain includes a lot of different rap techniques through out the mixtape and it really shows that he is moving forward still in his career. It is clearer when he isn’t using autotune but it is all peppered through the entire project and helps build up the experiance.

The features are also excellent and all contribute to this being a good mixtape. All the guests put in good effort and channel thier passion for music into thier contributions. Some features a bit further out of his comfort zone may make a couple of interesting moments but this selection make great listening.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen and there is a song on there for everyone. T-Pain makes some great songs and should be commended on his efforts.

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.

Sy Ari Da Kid – S.O.O.N Review

This is a mixtape that connects emotionally with the listener, straying away from the generic “Go Hard” formula to make a much more intimate project. Sy makes this a slowed down set of tracks that that the listener feels very involved with.

The production is very good, but it could do with a few more energetic songs rather than all being slowed down. The production is smooth and flows together very well, but through the project it feels like it takes much longer than the actual play time to get through it all as it is really quite slow. With some more upbeat tracks, this would be a great listen rather than a good one.

The lyricism is definitely present but could do with being a bit more obvious as everyone may not appreciate it. Sy’s delivery is not strong on these tracks and he can find himself fading into the background a bit. This means that the lyricism he puts in there may not be heard by everyone, but when you hear it, it is good and enjoyable.

The features are good and help show the connections Sy has made in his career. They each put in a good effort with good results and help to add depth to each track. Each feature adds a new level of contrast to Sy and helps show that he can rap well in comparison to the others on this project.

Overall, this is a good project but may not be energetic enough for some and may not be strong enough on delivery for others. \However it should not be overlooked and is worth at least a spin or two.