This release show more of a softer side of Ross that listeners might not have expected. There are a few of the more street based tracks, but they appear to have less effort put into them than then slower ones that Ross shines on here.
The production is great with a few gritty beats mixed in with the slower, emotional ones. The slowed down ones leave room for Ross to be more creative, whereas there is so much going on in the backing with the energetic ones that the lyrics can get lost. On the whole, it is a good choice to try to balance the productions but if you do, then you should put equal effort into both.
The lyricism is good with Ross doing more to prove he is lyrically nice on this project. While not evident on every track, the verses on this show personal growth as well as a possible increase in skill. Rick Ross does well to flex his lyrical muscles on these tracks, but maybe still try on the more hood based efforts too.
The features are good and help build up the cohesiveness of this project. Each does a great job of showing what they bare capable of and how it blends with the styles of the others on the songs. Maybe trying to bring up new artists could help solidify his status as a rap great, but the guest selection on here is fit for purpose and works well.
Overall, this is a great release for Ross as it shows he is still working on his talents and becoming the best to ever do it. Maybe trying to improve on the formulas he is using for a few of his songs might help, but this works as a project.
This album is full of high energy music without it all being aimed at clubs. There are also a few touches of a softer side that are rarely heard from Meek Mill that really help pull the project together.
The production is all excellent as it reflects what Meek Mill’s actual attitude on the song is. There is a lot of higher tempo beats that help the project keep rolling and there are also a good mixture of atmosphere to enhance the message of each song. Maybe a few more backings with more of an old school feel would show more of a complete challenge for Mill, but he has made a good selection of beats on this album.
The lyricism is good, although is not the most complicated. He utilises a lot of different techniques to really embelish each track and really improve the imagery. With his delivery showing that he will not be left in the background, it is really quite upsetting when he uses so much autotune throughout the album. Less autotune could help Mill keep his core audiance, however when he is using his raw talent, the tracks are great.
The features are great and help build the project up with a huge amount of working chemistry. They all bring good verses or hooks and help bring more diversity that the project needs to help it reach that next level. A few more singing guests could have helped bring the level of autotune down on the project.
Overall, this is an enjoyable project that unfortunately has a few down moments. For the most part, a lot of Hip Hop listeners can get into.