Royce Da 5’9 – Book Of Ryan Review

This album feels like a continuation into Royce’s life that he started on “Layers”. Full of emotions, stories and clever rhymes, this is a masterpiece of music.

The production is amazing. There is a lot of different beats on offer and all help add up to a cohesive listen. There are some missteps where some songs try to cater for specific times and/or places like the club, but it is not like they do not fit the message of the track still.

The lyricism is fantastic as Royce continues to flaunt his incredible ability. The wordplay is smart and adds a level of detail to the anecdotes and helps expand the messages of the songs to bigger proportions. There are no complaints about Royce’s performance on this project as it is this ability that has allowed him to continue despite a few problems earlier in his career.

The features are great and show how a combination of A-List and lesser known artists can come together and create great tracks. Each does astonishing work showing their own skills as well as building upon the work Royce has already put down. There is also a good blend of singing to rapping to help give an extra edge to the project.

Overall, this release is the project that Royce needed to capitalise off the momentum gained from his last releases. Including his work as various duos and groups, this is the peak of his rap career so far and it looks like he is only getting started.

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Lil Dicky – Professional Rapper Review

This is a great album for progression in Hip Hop. Lil Dicky expertly shows a fresher opinion of what is achieveable in the rap game for those of different backgrounds to the original blueprint.

The production is great with a fantastic blend of new and old school sounds. This allows for a lot of scope and for Lil Dicky to show how talented he is while exploring where he fits in the hierarchy of rappers. Some slower beats could show that Lil Dicky works with even more diverse beats, however what he works with here is not even close to bad.

The lyricism is excellent with fast paced rhymes that are laced with a variety of techniques. Lil Dicky crams a lot into his songs in terms of volume while keeping things complex and interesting to listen to. A few slower sections would show that Dicky can use more than speed, but he does well to showcase so much talent from a relative newcomer.

The features do a great job allowing Lil Dicky into the rap world with such an embrace. Each brings a lot to their verses or hooks which are all cohesive to the project and have chemistry with each other as well as the main artist. A few more singing as well as higher ranking players could make more of a balanced project and possibly push Lil Dicky a bit harder, however there is no doubt that the people on here do a great job.

Overall, this album is fantastic and works very well in promoting Lil Dicky to the world. He should be proud of the steps he has taken here in putting other rappers to shame by being honest and not trying to be someone he is not.

T-Pain – The Iron Way Review

This is a very enjoyable listen and while the use of autotune is frowned upon by portions of the Hip Hop community, T-Pain uses this opportunity to show that he is the best at using it and can use it well. There is a lot of energy in these songs and it is mostly down to autotune.

The production is excellent and combined with the autotune delivery makes for some very energetic, club ready tracks. There are a lot of interesting noises and sounds used to create beats that are rarer than others and stand out much re from the crowd. While it would be out of his nature, some more slowed down beats may help T-Pain make more of a connection to the listener.

The lyricism is better than expected. T-Pain includes a lot of different rap techniques through out the mixtape and it really shows that he is moving forward still in his career. It is clearer when he isn’t using autotune but it is all peppered through the entire project and helps build up the experiance.

The features are also excellent and all contribute to this being a good mixtape. All the guests put in good effort and channel thier passion for music into thier contributions. Some features a bit further out of his comfort zone may make a couple of interesting moments but this selection make great listening.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen and there is a song on there for everyone. T-Pain makes some great songs and should be commended on his efforts.