Joell Ortiz – That’s Hip Hop Review

This project is a great representation of how Joell Ortiz feels about the state of New York hip hop as well as hip hop overall. The way he rhymes combined with the backing from Domingo shows he is still hungry and wants to push New York back towards the top.

The production is good as there is plenty of variation so that Joell can explore more subject matter. Domingo may not have a true signature sound but he does have a flavour that is present on each song. Once he develops a bit more, his beats will stand out more but this project shows he is no slouch.

The lyricism is incredible with Joell mixing a lot of different elements into very clever lines. He flexes his lyrical muscles and paints vivid pictures as well as using very witty lines to get his point across. There is little room for improvement on this side with his passion really driving the project forward.

The features add a lot to this project as they make up a large portion of the verses. Each brings a lot of effort but some sound more on point than others. None do a bad job but some review of who to use on each track for maximum effectiveness.

Overall, this project shows that Joell Ortiz is a force in hip hop and that he believes New York hip hop can be revived back to the glory days. he just needs more assistance from the rest of New York.

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Goldlink – And After That, We Didn’t Talk Review

This album is fantastic with the self described “future bounce” sound making this a very interesting listen.  track has an enticing message while being delivered in a fresh way.

The production is great with plenty of energy while keeping that thought provoking atmosphere. The beats do not sound negative but allow some very real and honest content to be explored by Goldlink. Maybe some beats from a different sub-genre of Hip Hop could show a more versatile ability from the main artist, but there are no issues with his backing selection here.

The lyricism is amazing with his storytelling being enhanced by his wordplay. Goldlink uses his experiances with his complicated rhymes to make lyrics that can be enjoyed by a lot of different audiances. Maybe some songs that have more of a happy overtone could show that Goldlink can bring in even more listeners, but the tracks on here are pretty universal in entertainment.

Overall, this album is fantastic for Goldlink and for the new generation of rappers. The choice to have no features and only show his ability has paid off in a big way.