Travis Scott – Astroworld Review

This release is a masterpiece for Travis Scott and the rap community. Every song is masterfully put together and the energy throughout makers it a very easy listen.

The production is amazing, separating itself from almost all other music with how crisp and intoxicating the beats actually are. Each song has the perfect atmosphere and compliments the artists on it. There are no issues with how the background music plays on this album, none at all.

The lyricism is not exactly the most complicated and intricate out there, but the delivery and performance elements bring them home. The way the beats and the lyrics meld together so seamlessly really strengthens the tracks as neither are blocking the other out and making both elements very enjoyable. The wordplay is not bad, but could do with maybe a small boost to reach every corner of the hip hop world.

The features, while not credited on the streaming side, all contribute strongly to this project and add just what is needed on each song. While some may not seem like the biggest contribution, all make this the cohesive listen that has made such a smash hit. There is a chance that a few more singers could add another edge, but may ruin the vision Scott had for this.

Overall, there is no doubt that this will go down as a lot of people’s favorite album. Travis Scott has used his considerable talents to craft a truly remarkable project that every listener can enjoy, at least for a certain extent.

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French Montana – Jungle Rules Review

This release is full of high energy and entertaining tracks that are enjoyable to listen to. However it feels odd in places where the use of auto-tune could be considered unnecessary.

The production is full of trap based beats and cleaned up street backings that help give the jungle vibe French is looking for. Each is strong as an instrumental but works very well with the rappers and singers over the top. Something a bit more experimental would show another aspect of French Montana, but the beat selection here has no real issues.

The lyricism is good with French Montana coming across as his most lyrically flexible self. His bars have some good wordplay and other devices in them, but can be repetitive in places, like the hooks. While he has definitely improved in this area, there is still room to improve further.

The features all help to increase the cohesiveness of this project and show thier own skills. In some cases, they can come across as very similar to what Montana is going for on the song as well with delivery but they never ruin the others performances. Something further form his own talents could help lift this guest selection, on the other hand these features are all effective on the songs they are on.

Overall, this is an achievement because there are a lot of good songs available on it. The problem is that if you cant sing, then don’t auto-tune everything because it can take from the real talent of the rhymes. Also, consolidate the track length to maximise effectiveness.

2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Review

This release shows that 2 Chainz knows his core audience, but doesn’t grow to increase his listeners and therefore earn more money, as one of the songs on here is all about. Something to think about at least.

The production is good with a lot of interesting and entertaining sounds that create a lot of energy and keep it flowing through the whole project. A lot of the beats however are very much within the wheel house of the main artist. Trying to expand his repertoire further out of his comfort zone would make a more balanced release.

The lyricism is good, but is more of the same from 2 Chainz. He has respectable wordplay and his delivery is still entertaining, but his hooks are repetitive and the content is more of the same. Something fresh could give a lot of boost to this release, but it would have to be a big boost.

The features do great at breaking up the monotony that can set in by adding fresh voices and styles to the mix. Each does a good job of showing what they are capable of, but also at bringing fresh energy streams in ot stimulate this project and stop it dropping rankings any further. Some more singers would help bring more diversity too.

Overall, this will appeal to Chainz’s core audience, but does not have a lot to give other rap listeners. The title does not reflect the content and a lot of it will already have been heard before.

Mike WiLL Made-It – Ransom 2 Review

This is an energetic release reminiscent of the first Ransom project, but there is a certain amount of formula that is clear in each of the tracks. While the production from Mike WiLL is fantastic, what each artists does with it all seems to lead down the same path, with a few exceptions.

The production is phenomenal, with Mike WiLL creating trap beats that may seem similar, but all have different aspects that makes each individual. In a few cases it seems like there is a base guideline rather than an organic blooming to his creative process, but it still yields some great results. Maybe seeing what he can do outside the trap sub-genre could be an interesting challenge for the producer.

The features on this project are exactly what you would expect to find on songs from a producer as big as Mike WiLL. A stream of A-List rappers as well as fresh up-and-comers helps show a great level of respect for the producer here. It is a shame that so many come from the same vein of writing and delivery, but individually, they all still have good performances.

Overall, this is another release from an exceptional producer that proves he deserves the money and respect he is given. Only time will tell if he will attempt to branch out and attempt to work with a wider pool of talent.

Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 Review

This is more of the same from both members of Rae Sremmurd and is unremarkable, but extremely catchy and hypnotic music. While entertaining, there is little to no showings of personnal growth from the duo, which is a bit of a let down.

The production is good and enjoyable, but can become repetitive. Each song doesn’t run together but contain a lot of the same elements that makes them seem less special. Maybe trying something further from their comfort zone could make a more balanced project.

The lyricism is alright but is very middle of the pack. They don’t push themselves to be better than others with their rhymes, but they know they don’t need to with the kind of music they make. While that is true, it would still be a better album if they tried to draw in more purist listeners.

The features help to make some of the tracks more interesting by bringing their own flavour to the songs they are on. Each puts in a good effort and helps make the project more cohesive. Some guests further from the comfort zone of the main artists would help show growth and experimentation, but the features on here work well with Rae Sremmurd.

Overall, this project is full of energy and will no doubt spawn some popular singles, but is not a great project for Hip Hop. It lacks technical skills and could do with an injection of wordplay with less repetition.

Travis Scott – Rodeo Review

This is full of almost party music that Travis has turned into the darker side of those times. He seems to craft his own sound that gives his music another edge above others.

The production is special as it seems to be a blend of almost everything that is popular and instead of sounding like a mess, it comes across as very well crafted. There is a variation and diversity in the beats that make a lot of different scenarios come forth in the music. Maybe some simpler, taken down beats would show that Travis Scott doesn’t need strong backing to make a successful song, but he has great success with his beat selection on here.

The lyricism won’t attract the lyrical purists, but Travis does not slouch and keeps the level of entertainment up with delivery and a touch of autotune. The actual rhymes work well with the song content and help make the songs enjoyable. Some more complexity in the verses as well as the hooks could help bring in some more listeners, but Travis should get a fair sized audiance off the strength of these songs.

The features all do a good job of fleshing out the tracks with fresh voices and opinions. Each brings a lot of effort and puts a fresh spin on the song while showing what they are capable of as artists. Maybe some more guests from further afield could bring in some different audiances, but his selection on here make this a better project.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen while breaking Travis Scott into the realms of established artistry. Now he needs to keeo this momentum rolling to really breakout from the rest of the pack.

Two-9 – B4FRVR Review

This is an enjoyable project and a good show of why Two-9 is a group to watch this year. With their combination of styles and flows, this set of individuals has the potential to go far in Hip Hop.

The production is good for what Two-9 are trying to do on this project. The beats are background enough so the members of Two-9 are prominent on the tracks, but interesting enough to help keep the songs interesting and not just noise. Some more diversity into a wider range of beats, more uptempo and modern, may yield a fuller project but this is a good point to build on.

The lyricism is good but may not be readily accessible to everyone. While the rapping is enjoyable, the wordplay is not strong throughout and is only prominent in certain areas so everyone may not be ready to hear it for the lyricism.

The features are good and help to build on the success that Two-9 has. The connections on this project show Two-9 is growing in power and each of the features puts good effort into thier tracks. The project only grows with every voice on it.

Overall, this is a good project for Two-9 and everyone else on it as it shows good things are happening in Hip Hop. With a bit more diversity and a few more projects under their belts, they could go far in the rap game.