This release is a true reflection of how talented Nipsey Hussle is as both an artist and a business man. Victory Lap is a perfect title to fit this as it shows not only the content of the music, but also how Nipsey has progressed in recent times.
The production on this is energetic and impactful. Each beat is full of classic west coast sounds that show that Nipsey is a strong representation of what the modern west coast sounds like. Something further afield then this signature sound might give an indication that Hussle is trying new things, but he knows what works well for him and uses this to pick backings that he is extremely effective over.
The lyricism is great with the delivery helping to boost the impact. The wordplay is fantastic and helps shows why Nipsey Hussle has such a loyal fan base in the first place. Maybe something with more of a story to tell would be interesting, to see how he would handle it, however he is definitely adept at using what made him a household name in the first place.
The features do a great job of adding their voices to the message of the track they are on. Each shows their own skills and passion for music while helping to build on Nipsey’s work on the song. Maybe a few more singers could add another dimension, but the guests all do fine work on this album.
Overall, this is an entertaining release that has plenty of replay value. Nipsey Hussle has had some great success and this should show that it isn’t fleeting.
This mixtape, while being cohesive and extremely replayable, does have a slight downside. That being that while DJ Mustard does a great job on the backing, the actual talent from his roster can come across as very similar to each other in ability and style.
The production is excellent and definately has the DJ Mustard signiture sound all over it. All the beats are really smooth and flow together without merging. There is pretty much no improvements to make to the production on here as DJ Mustard crafts near perfection.
The features do a good job fleshing out these tracks but there are a lot of similarities in the recurring guests. All of them bring good verses that are diverse enough to be enjoyable, however thier style and lyrical prowess all tend towards the same things which is not in your face obvious, but it does show itself to be true.
Overall, this is an entertaining and laidback listening experiance with DJ Mustard showcasing not only his beat making prowess, but what his record label is capable of. His crew bring a good skill level to this mixtape to take forward to thier own projects.
This is a good showcase for J Stone and it really does show that he is growing as a force in Hip Hop. He may not be the most well known rapper but he does well to show why he should be better known with this mixtape.
The production is good and gives a good base for Stone to build on. While the beats are not overly exciting or engaging, they give a cohesive feel when combined with Stone’s rapping. While some of the beats may be considered basic or simple, they are still effective and enjoyable songs to listen to.
The lyricism is good and apparent on a lot of tracks. While some of it is not the most complex of wordplay, it is all clever and used in a lot of the lines. Stone does well to weave in these techniques while staying on point with the message on each song which helps to build on the cohesiveness of each track.
The features are good and show that J Stone can work well with other rappers. While that may have been obvious from his connection with Nipsey Hussle, the features on here are good by themselves and also good when compared to J Stone, without making Stone look feeble. A great lyrical effort by Stone has made a great lyrical project.
Overall, this is a good project with Stone looking like he is going to grow in the music industry this year if he can keep putting out work like this. If he puts some more enticing beats in with his lyrics, he could go far in Hip Hop