This is an amazing EP released by one of the top lyricists out there. After his impressive ten minute freestyle, people have been craving more from this artist and this is as good as it gets.
The production, handled by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council, is incredible. There is plenty of variation and distinct sounds to make each beat stand out. Sometimes the beats are a little too strong and override the lyrics a little, but all of these backings could be used as instrumentals and still be a success.
The lyricism is, as expected, amazing. Black Thought is renowned for clever lines and he packs all of these songs with bars. Considering the messages throughout the release, this is no easy feat and Black Thought weaves through the wordplay masterfully.
The features all do a great job of showing their own skills while keeping the project cohesive. All three show good chemistry with Black Thought and assist in making the EP flow freely. It is also impressive that they all work with the content so well and can add their own experiences as well.
Overall, audiences everywhere are hoping that this EP is just a taste of what is to come, as the title suggests there are more volumes coming. Black Thought will hopefully take this momentum and continue to put out music that the world wants to hear.
This release sounds as a Styles P album should. It has every element of street life involved in it and plays through like a reflection on his own life.
The production is fascinating, with gritty street beats thrown in with some slower, more emotional offerings. This helps give a complete feel to the album, rather than focusing on one element and losing a chunk of his potential audience. Styles P excels over these offerings, some might want to see him try something different from what he already knows, but the beat selection here shows some clever thinking and should be celebrated.
The lyricism is good, with a lot of impact in the delivery. Styles P has a signature tone that helps distinguish him from others on the tracks, as well as increase the potency of the words. While his performance here is fantastic, it would still be nice to see P try some more lyrical acrobatics.
The features are all incredible and help add new levels to the songs. With the combination of other rappers and heavy assistance from one particular artist for singing, the cohesion between tracks is amazing. Maybe slightly more variety in singers and an appearance from his LOX colleagues would be great, but Styles P has more more smart choices here again.
Overall, this is a milestone for Styles P as his followers wont be able to keep away. Every track here speaks to a lot of people and is worth the attention of all hip hop fans.
This is another steller release from KXNG Crooked as he continues to use his platform to share and explore his views on America as it stands today. He does all that while showing that he has not missed a step in all his years of being part of the industry.
The production is versatile and fitting for the different content and atmosphere in each song. While the album has some more energetic offerings as well as slowed down songs, every song flows together with ease and makes the listen through so easy. The collection of different feelings and vibes on this release make for a well rounded album that has plenty of replay value.
The lyricism is a masterpiece as well as a master class on how to put what you believe in and your passions into well crafted bars. KXNG Crooked has always been a top wordsmith, but he really pushes himself on this to show once again that he belongs amoung the absolute best. A lot of rappers today could learn a lot from this artist, from rapping and his business acumen.
The features do well to compliment the songs they are on. Each shows that the guest them self is talented but also shows good chemistry with Crooked and only adds to the track they are on. It would be interesting to see some more artists work with Crooked in the future, but this project feels balanced with this many guests to help lighten the load.
Overall, this is a release with great songs that will give the listener plenty to think about as well as a high level of entertainment value. KXNG Crooked should continue to educate the masses on what it means to be a questioning mind with a razor sharp tongue in this day and age.
This release shows that both artists and lyrically talented, but the theme of the album is never truly explored. Both artists have come a long way from their roots, but show they have never forgotten where they came from and how they have grown.
The production is great with the help of some of the friends they have picked up on the way. Every beat works very well to create the atmosphere needed to enhance the message of the songs. With the variation of messages possibly throwing off the cohesiveness of this project overall, the backings really help with the songs individually.
The lyricism is obviously incredible. Both Fabolous and Jadakiss are known for their wordplay and flow, and they both exploit those facts to cement their work here. However the title of this album does not carry throughout the project and detracts from what listeners think the album is about.
The features help throw something different in the mix but it does not always feel natural. While some are amazing and really click together, a few sound like they don’t really have the same level of chemistry. On the other hand, on a full listen through, the album plays great with the fresh voices.
Overall, this is a great release, even if it is not exactly what it is described to be. Fabolous and Jadakiss might not be so well known to the newer generation, but their skills are sharp as ever.
This release has some great moments, but is not without its missteps. No part of it is bad, but some of it does not stand out amongst today’s rap elite and needs a little more finesse.
The production is powerful and gritty which helps boost the impact of Sean Price’s delivery. Each beat does a great job of creating the correct atmosphere for the song which helps keep the album cohesive. Something a little faster could help add something for a younger audience, but Sean Price knows what works for him and has used backings that are effective for him.
The lyricism is great with plenty of alliteration and clever rhymes to keep the legacy of Sean Price going. A lot of structured genius goes into making these bars really roll and land hard with the listener. A few attempts to change his flow might have helped add a little diversity but Price is in his element here.
The features help to make this so cohesive and the momentum going. Each guest only does a god job boosting Sean Price’s last album and only shows great respect for his memory. The guest selection on here honours Price in the best fashion.
Overall, this is a great project to show the greatness of Sean Price. This album will stand the test of time as a list of what could have been and how talented this legendary artist is.
This release starts off strong with all three members having strong verses, but some safe choices later can make a full listen through disappointing. Some of the more mainstream options takes this edge off this gritty album that could have been solid without them.
The production is good with the right atmosphere on every track helping to make this have more of an impact. While some of the beats are perfect for the group, the attempt to seem more radio friendly makes the group seem like they are trying to grow their audience. However by doing this they may have lost some of the core group that liked their old stuff. By sticking to what they know, they may have created a more cohesive project.
The lyricism is fantastic with all three members trying hard to be the best. They also try hard at the performance aspect with their individual delivery making the tracks stand out slightly. On the downside, the hooks are not as hard hitting as the verses and can be repetitive in places. While there are no major works to be done, this is not a totally smooth ride.
The features are the weakest part of this release because they don’t necessarily fit with the style of the group. While none do particularly badly, some do not gel with the chemistry of the group and sound a little out of place. Some singers would have been a better way to show the softer side than radio attempts.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release if you can sit through the few rough patches. Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss should be proud of their individual performances as well as how they work as a team.
This release is a fantastic showcase of Termanology’s skills. He deftly makes songs that speak to the audience as well as explore his personal experience.
The production is great with a lot of different influences coming together to make easy flowing beats. There is plenty of variation to explore the different content while not being one long mess. Some more traditional instruments might make some more songs to appeal to a wider audience, but Termanology has a great selection here.
The lyricism is obviously great and Termanology shows why he is considered a top lyricist. His differentiation in flow and pace helps keep this interesting and cohesive. there are no issues with his performance on this and should continue in this vein.
The features do a great job of filling out the tracks. Each puts in a great verse or hook that keeps the tracks feeling fresh while showing Termanology’s connections in the rap world. There is a good balance of singing and rapping between the guests which really helps this release.
Overall, this is an entertaining and thought provoking piece of work that audiences should enjoy. Termanology has put together a release to give his point of view and should make some sales while doing it.
This project is good, fun and energetic which is sometimes what the audience needs. There are a few emotional songs, but Montana remains in his comfort zone for the majority.
The production is very bouncy with a lot of club atmosphere as well as some street beats to help keep this mixtape fresh. With so much power behind the boards, there is a lot of drive pushing this project forward that the backings provide a lot of the entertainment here. The beat selection is great for the music that French Montana wants to make.
The lyricism is straight forward but is effective in places. The rhymes are not made to be the most lyrical and his shouting at the end of almost every line doesn’t help make this more interesting. He knows what his fans want, and supplies that, but doesnt push French doesn’t push himself to be better.
The features help to make this more cohesive and to break up the monotony of hearing French Montana shout. Each puts in good effort and their styles alleviate some more of the similarities between the songs. Some more singing could have added another dimension to this mixtape, but French Montana knows what his fans expect and there are some huge names on here to assist with that.
Overall, this is a good romp through what a formulaic hip hop hit sounds like, but it lacks a lot of substance. French Montana may want to evolve his content if he wants to have more longevity in his career.
This album is great as it is thought provoking as well as enjoyable. Freeway exercises his freedom of speech and makes tracks to get the listeners to see his point of view and opinions.
The production is good as it is not overpowering or rough so that the message is clear to shine through. Each beat is individual while being cohesive as a listen through. The skits help to tie together the project as well as they follow the theme also. Maybe some more changes in tempo could have made some more interesting moments, but Freeway has chosen his backings well on this mixtape.
The lyricism is good as Freeway peppers his rhymes with a variety of techniques to improve the impact of his words. Each verse has enough lyrical devices that they do not overpower the message but they do help to stop the songs becoming rants. There are no real issues with what Freeway has done to help enhance what he is saying.
The features are good as they are different enough to Freeway to stand out. They each have great verses on thier own and showcase thier own talents to make sure they are remembered for what they did on these tracks as well. A singer could have added another dimension, but there is nothing wrong with the guest selection on here.
Overall, this mixtape is fantastic as it has several clear points as well as having the entertainment factor. Freeway is trying to shape minds with this and he may well succeed.
This mixtape shows that Busta Rhymes is still making great music that helped raised his profile in the first place. Without Q-Tip to help, he carries more of the burden and excels while doing so.
The production is good as it works well with Busta Rhymes style Each beat has its own feel and atmosphere which helps show the variation that Busta can work with. Maybe a few more slowed down tracks could show a higher level of diversity but the backing selection on this is fantastic overall.
The lyricism is fast paced, rapid fire and full of multi schemes. Busta shows that he has not slowed down over time and keeps his rhymes coming with barely a breath in between bars. A few different techniques could show more growth as an artist, but Rhymes has done a great job keeping his level so high after all these years.
The features all do a good job too as they show thier own skills as well as filling out the project with fresh voices. Each has a good verse which helps keep the entertainment high and keeps the project cohesive. Some singers could have had an interesting effect, but the selection on here is great.
Overall, this project is great fun to listen to and keeps Busta Rhymes in the public light. He shows his talent and shows plans to keep his momentum going.