Ab-Soul – Do What Thou Wilt Review

This release shows more of his lyrical talent and emotions than his last release which shows him in a series of different lights. His musical skill is fantastic and this project will help secure his place as a great wordsmith.

The production is great because it keeps the project flowing without overriding the actual rhymes. Each leaves space to manoeuvre as Soul requires with his unique flow. Maybe some more energetic offerings might show a more complete picture of Ab-Soul, but these beats all go well with the messages he is putting across.

The lyricism is strong with each song benefiting from the flow and delivery, as well as the wordplay. Ab-Soul paints vivid pictures and tells good stories with his bars, and shows a lot of dexterity. Possibly some more aggressive emotion would show a more whole human being, but Soul does a great job reflecting on this side of his.

The features are great as it helps bring new characters into this story.. Each has a good effort that shows their skills as well as helping this project to stay cohesive. With some singers in the mix, this is a good guest selection to have.

Overall, this release is great as a listen through as well as an emotional roller coaster for Ab-Soul. Hopefully he can take a good spot in the charts with this release to get more recognition than he is currently getting.

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.

Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD – Sour Soul Review

This is a great project that combines Ghostface’s signiture style with the haunting production he does so very well with. If the chemistry on this project is anything to go by, we can expect great things from this pairing in the future.

The production is full of beats that sound like they use the same idea behind Wu-Tang Clan’s original album. If you modernised the backings on those tracks, you get an idea of what to expect on this album. With that sort of stand out beat to work with, The duo do a great job making a great project.

The lyricism is classic Ghostface and does not disappoint. He does a great job keeping the tracks at a pure Hip Hop level at its most entertaining. The lyricism may not be the most complex out there, but it is vivid imagery that is painted and makes a good listen.

The features are also good and help bring a level of diversity to the project. Each is different from Ghostface and shows that he works well with a range of other rappers. The kind of chemistry shown on this project is fantastic and should be an example to others in the rap game.

Overall, this is a good project and an enjoyable listen through. If you are a fan of Ghostface already, you will love this album. If you aren’t, then this should make you one.