Mostack – High Street Kid Review

This release is another good showing from Mostack as he keeps his name hot without giving any, or at least very few, interviews, letting his body of work speak for itself. His talent shines through with an ability to craft songs that will appeal to a wide audience.

The production is good with a lot of beats that will appeal to the mass audience and not just rap listeners. Each is individual but share an energy that runs through everything that helps keep the level of cohesion high. Something grittier might show a more balanced project, but the way this is constructed works very well.

The lyricism is good with Mostack showing his ability to craft intelligent and crafty bars. The way he delivers the bars makes it seem so easy and that it is effortless for him to have these great performances. Something with a little more punch might add another dimension, but he is only a success on this project.

The features are excellent and show some strong connections in rap. Each puts in a  great effort that helps push the tracks toward greatness. Some more singers might bring some higher tones to this release, but the guest selection works well.

Overall, this is a strong release for Mostack who continues to go from strength to strength. if he continues in this vein, he will have mainstream hits in no time.

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DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.

The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.

The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.

Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.

Curren$y – Canal Street Confidential Review

This album is full of smooth beats with Curren$y being even smoother over the top. There is a lot of replay ability in these songs as well as kick back music.

The production is easy listening with some more classic sounds to give this more of a lasting feel. The beats all sound individual so while the whole album has the ability to play right thorugh, you can select tracks out of it as well. Maybe some more different types of backing could show a greater range of talent, but Creen$y has selected well on this project.

The lyricism is good from Curren$y who shows he is a skilled lyricist. He uses a lot of different techniques  to really get the imagery and wordplay into his rhymes. Some attempt to vary his delivery could add another angle to his performance but Curren$y does a good job.

The features all contribute to how well this project plays. Each of the guests do very well on thier verses and help show that Curren$y can work well together with others. A couple more singers could give the project more of a balance but Curren$y has slected a great set of features for this project.

Overall, this project is great for Curren$y as it shows his skill while being good for Hip Hop as it strays away form the general formula. May his next project be as unique as this.

Young Money Yawn – Street Gospel 2 Review

This is exactly how it is expected to be. A variety of songs about generic content that somehow comes across as having a new approach and even some humour involved. This is an interesting listen where Young Money Yawn only falls to generic music in patches.

The production is good on this project and has quite a raw feeling, but this can make the mixtape feel unfinished and not quite wrapped up. While the beats do reflect the message of each song, that only works up to a certain point and with these tracks it detracts from the atmosphere. While this project is supposed to sound rugged, the production is headed in the right direction but hasn’t reached its destination.

The lyricism is good and helps show that Young Money Yawn could have a future in rap music. While it is not overly complicated, it is accessible to most, if not all, listeners. This helps everyone enjoy the music and help listeners remember that Young Money Yawn can write great verses.

The features all add something to the tracks they are on and help show the connections that Young Money Yawn has in the music industry. From established artists to up and comers, all help show how Young Money Yawn is moving forward and reaching out to others for assistance.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen that shows that Young Money Yawn is moving forward in his Hip Hop career. However he may need to be a bit more careful with his selection of beats if he wants to make anything radio ready.

Joey Fatts – Ill Street Blues Review

This mixtape from Joey Fatts is a self produced work of art that fits the title perfectly. The content is about the down sides of street life and Joey does this with a refreshing burst of calm energy.

The production is all tendered towards the theme and all ties together well. Each has it’s own individual atmosphere and it’s own little skits to give each track some context and extra emotional feel. High energy songs would have made a more complete project but would not fit in with the message the project is trying to send.

The lyricism is good and helps paint vivid images of the scenes Joey is describing. While it may not be the most complex and complicated word schemes, but the descriptions provided will make you feel like your there. If your in the mood for the saddened songs of this project, Joey will provide a way to make you feel like your part of the song.

The features do well to add to Joey’s narrative without detracting from his performance. Each help to grow the atmosphere on each track by adding to what Joey is saying and embellishing it with their own stories. A great addition to this project.

Overall, if you are in a sombre mood, this mixtape is what you are looking for. Joey Fatts has created a created a project to help you get into that mood or to make you feel like your not alone in whatever your going through.

Berner and B-Real – Prohibition Review

If you want to listen to weed smoking music made by weed smokers, this is a good place to start. Both artists are known for their high flying smoking status and coming together to make this project is a good recipe for single topic songs. While it is only 8 tracks long, this helps keep the project interesting to the listener for the time it is on. This is much better than a longer project in the same vein which would be boring by the end.

The lyricism is present on all tracks and, while it may not be why you would listen to the project, it does help to keep you in tracks that are playing. B-Real comes across as the more lyrically inclined, but Berner isn’t slouching either. It all helps to tie together all the tracks under the drug theme.

The production is laid back and on a relaxed wavelength as you listen through. It may not calm you down without the use of narcotics it so advises, but in comparison to todays popular culture it is positively soothing. obviously, it picks up in places but on average it is the smokers den calmness.

The features are good and have strong ties to the theme. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa for example are very embedded in smokers culture and go hand in hand with the narcotics that the whole mixtape is based on. This actually helps to keep the purity of a smokers project, if there is such a thing.

Overall, this is a short but cohesive project about narcotics and the effect the legalization could have on America. Increased revenue from taxes, people are more relaxed etc. etc. B-Real and Berner have done well with this and should continue with this creative streak.