Kirk Knight – Late Knight Special Review

This album has a great throwback feel with a lot of smooth notes that make it easy to listen to. Kirk Knight shows what he is good at over the whole project without any major faults.

The production is smooth with the Pro Era feel we have come to expect form its members. With plenty of old school feel and that almost jazzy feel that makes all this such easy listening. Maybe a change in the formula would show that Kirk can handle more than one type of beat, but he does a great job over what he has chosen on this project.

The lyricism is not the most complex but the delivery and changes in flow make it fairly easy going and entertaining. Kirk uses a lot of different delivery techniques to keepo his rhymes fresh with a touch cleverness and complexity to keep it enjoyable. A few more lyrical devices would not have gone amiss.

The features do a good job of enhancing Kirk’s performance while showing what they are capable of. Each puts thier passion into thier work to make the track they are on more special. Some guests who can sing may make some more interesting moments, but there is no doubt that the people on this do good work.

Overall, this is a laidback album that is a great stepping stone for Kirk Knight. It is as the title indicates and should be treated as such.

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Tech N9ne – Special Effects Review

This album is filled with raw and total emotion. With feelings from aggression to sadness to happiness channeled into songs, Tech has made an album that can be relatable and enjoyed by most of the Hip Hop audiance.

The production is excellent. The use of instruments rather than random sounds makes for a slightly more enjoyable listen as well as smoother transitions between songs. Each beat perfectly reflects the atmosphere of each track and contains a lot of influences from other genres, punk for example, to make the project additionally cohesive. The skits in between the tracks, while showing a more human side of Tech N9ne, are quite frequent at the beginning and these could have been better spread out a bit more but they are still enjoyable.

The lyricism is definately present and is fantastic. Tech N9ne has always had some lyrical ability but he has definately developed them through his last few projects. On this, he weaves great multi syllable rhymes that suck in the listener, making them wonder when they will finish. He may need to work on a couple other rap techniques as fall backs, but he is definately doing a great job bringing lyricism to the audiance.

The features all do a great job and all have great verses. With guests ranging from his own label to some of Hip Hops elite, Tech has assembled a team here that would make a lot of other rappers extremely jealous. He even has some features that aren’t from a Hip Hop background to great effect.

Overall, this is a great project that has songs for pretty much anyone who enjoys Hip Hop. Tech N9ne has shown why he is an independent powerhouse in the rap game and that intends to stay there.