Fabolous – Summertime Shootout 2 Review

This is a great project as it keeps Fabolous in the public eye, showing his skills, as well as being a refreshing step back towards lyricism for Hip Hop. This builds on the work of the first installation to make this a promising staple for rappers everywhere.

The production is great as it is very summer like as the title suggests. The beats are light and airy which allows the listener to float back to summer memories while being entertaining and enjoyable. There are no problems with the beat selection as they fit perfectly with the aim of this project.

The lyricism is excellent with Fabolous not missing a step to add wordplay to every bar. He adds a lot of lyrical genius to these songs and lifts the whole genre back towards smarter rhymes. Maybe some more changes in pace and flow would make for a more balanced performance, but Faboloous does a really incredible job of making this project amazing.

The features help to add points of comparison for Fabolous as well as fleshing out the tracks. Each puts in a good effort and, with some big names, show that Fabolous is one of the big players in the rap game. The guests do a great job of adding more summer feelings to this mixtape.

Overall, this project is fantastic and should be celebrated by listeners everywhere. Fabolous should continue to put out this music so maybe Hip Hop doesn’t forget to have clever lines.

Fabolous – Summer Shootout Review

This project is great as it shows that Fabolous is still making great music. He uses his great skill. To make these that have a summertime feel but with a winter coldness.

The production is great as it is light and breezy but with the ability to apply to any content. The beats are all individual and won’t get confused with any of the other songs. Any other style of production would not have been in the keeping with the theme.

The lyricism is fantastic with Fabolous showing how he first built his name in Hip Hop. He uses a range of techniques flawlessly to get his point across with great imagery and with plenty of impact. There are no real problems with the rhymes on this project.

The features are diverse and help to pull the project together. Each has an enjoyable verse or hook that helps push Fabolous to work harder as well as show what each of the guests are capable of. Maybe some more singers could give the project a little extra something but there are no problems with the selection here.

Overall, this project is a great showing for Fabolous and to show that the mixtape world can still crank out album worthy projects. Hopefully Fabolous can carry this momentum forward.

Vince Staples – Summertime ’06 Review

This album is great as the production does enough for the lyrics to shine through as the focal point. Vince Staples has put together an album that truly showcases his talents instead of being beat heavy as so many projects are.

The production is excellent and works well with Vince Staple’s ability. While some may critiscise it for not having enough in it to make it interesting, it’s simplistic and yet effective to help Vince Staples become famous for being Vince Staples. A couple of beats with more modern taste with more instruments used could help attract a younger audiance, but the selection here is exactly what the project needed.

The lyricism is good and really helps to show the imagery that Vince Staples is so good at. His flow and kaidance are another asset to this album and help make this a great album. Maybe a couple of instances of more complicated lyrical techniques could help bring in a bigger audiance, however Vince does a great job showcasing his talent.

The features all do a good job of diversifying the project. They all bring good efforts and break up the effots of only hearing one voice. A couple of singing features would eliminate autotune from this album, however the choices for the guests have a lot of chemistry and make good tracks.

Overall, this is a good album that relies on Vince to make it great. He comes through and this is highly enjoyable for any listener.