The Game – 1992 Review

This album is a great reflection of 1992 as a year from Game’s perspective but it lacks luster for a high level of replay ability. While very open about his life and experiences, it does mean there are more emotional and deep tracks without the aggressive edge he excels at.

The production is great for the tracks they are used for. While not a lot of high energy street grit that he is known for, the beats allow for the deeper cuts to really land with the listener and let the message sink in. Some of the aggression he has put into other projects may be what his fans are looking for, but it is great to see Game showing more of his emotional side.

The lyricism is the usual greatness with his delivery helping to boost his performance. Each of the songs has a good level of wordplay and other lyrical devices that help with the imagery of the bars. There are no issues with his performance as he changes tempo and flow masterfully.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project but it won’t have the longevity that his previous efforts will. While some of the tracks will continue to be played, most will not stand the test of time, although it is good to see he can make entertaining songs without features to fall back on.

The Game – Block Wars Review

If this soundtrack is a reflection of the game when it releases, it is going to be great. While some of it sounds like material that didn’t make it onto Game’s last release, it all works very well for this project as it might have for the other.

The production is exactly what this project is aimed for, with deep bass and gritty street backings mixed with some softer, more upbeat offerings to help balance it all out. Game has always had a fantastic ear for beats, which is clear on here as the tracks all have the atmosphere each song needs. For the purpose it needs to serve, this is a great platform for Game to work with.

The lyricism is exactly what this project needs. It is clever and catchy, while expressing aggression and light heartedness in the appropriate places.  There are changes in flows to help keep in interesting and it all comes together to stop this being a stale offering of similar songs to ones Game has offered before.

There is only one feature on this project who helps to add a new dimension as she is a singer. She does a great job showing what she can do, and of bringing diversity to this project. It is great to see Game taking more of the action for himself instead of having guests everywhere to help bear the load.

Overall, this is a great soundtrack for a game that will be successful if it is as good as this listen through. Game is on a roll recently but lets hope his increase in quantity doesnt lead to a drop in quality.

The Game -Streets Of Compton Review

This album may not be the most cohesive project out there, but it does reflect the state of Compton at the time of release. Game uses this to try and help aspiring and known artists to reach a wider audience.

The production is good and gives a great atmosphere that helps the messages of each track hit harder. There is some variation in styles, but the main sounds are gritty and street, to fit with the theme. Maybe a larger portion of the lighter side of things could have made a more balanced project, but this was made to highlight the negatives for the listeners, which it does.

The lyricism is great from Game yet again. He uses his gruff tones and clever wordplay to weave his messages into tapestries so you can picture what he is describing. Some more light hearted songs wouldn’t go amiss but Game knows what he is trying to say and puts it across well.

The features all do a good job of showcasing their skills and helping to bolster their name in the Hip Hop community. There are a selection of different styles which help make the project pop more. Only time will tell if they can capitalise and grow as artists.

Overall, this accurately depicts the currant state of Compton and of the artists currently making a name for themselves. Game gives them a good platform while still showing he can write great verses.

The Game – The Documentary 2.5 Review

This album is the second disc of his release last week and it continues the standard of greatness. There is at least a few tracks for every Hip Hop listener and they are done very well.

The production is good and keeps his west coast feel well and truly alive. Each song may have the diversity to keep its individuality, but it definately has that west influence through all of it. There are no issues with the backings on this as he covers every aspect of Hip Hop with it.

The lyricism is good and shows he is still improving upon his previous performances. The way he moves within the beats shows great talent as Game has shown every step of his discography. There is little to improve on here, but maybe some radio friendly songs to appeal to the mainstream.

The features all help flesh this out and, while they all put in a lot of effort, show that Game is one of the best out there. Each guest shows that they have some talent and that they can put passion into thier work, but few come close to the main artist. There are no issues with his selection however because each helps make the project more cohesive.

Overall, this album is a fantastic continuation of his previous work that shows Game is not missing a step. If Game can keep this up, then he will truly be one of the greats.

The Game – The Documentary 2 Review

This is a great album to listen to as it contains a lot of what makes the west coast great in it. Game shows that he is still one of the top rappers out there and uses a great group to make that happen.

The production is fantastic. A protege of one of the best producers of all time picks some great beats to use while keeping his individual flavour over them. There are no problems with what Game has selected to use on this project as he knows exactly what will work for him.

The lyricism is great and while is not the absolute best, is heads and shoulders above the average. Game shows that artists can still be lyrical while using street content and experiances for added spice. There are no real issues with his vocals on this, especially with his almost unique flow to enhance his actual words.

The features are good and help to embelish the tracks. All the guests do the job they need to allow each song to stand out while each feature showcases what they are able to do on thier own. Maybe some people further from Hip Hop could make some more interesting moments, but these features do a really good job.

Overall, this album is great from almost every perspective. Where Game goes from here is a mystery as he is very near the top as it is.

DJ Mustard – 10 Summers: The Mixtape Volume One Review

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.

Skeme – Inglewood 2 Review

This is a great project with a lot of range in content and the audiance it may appeal to. Skeme shows that he can make songs for almost any Hip Hop listener and that he can do it well.

The production is excellent and blends well with Skeme’s style of rap. The beats are diverse with a fair amount of style variation and can be distinguished from one another easily. It is possible that Skeme should try a few backings with more of a mainstream feel, but may not want to compromise his integrity to gain more fame.

The lyricism is also good with Skeme stepping up his currant skills with more wordplay. Every bar seems to contain a rap technique that helps with the imagery and really boost how Skeme is coming along as an artist. He could still try changing his flow up a bit on songs for a touch more impact but he is definitely improving and making good rhymes.

The features are all good and show a great range of people that Skeme can work with. All the guests bring good verses that really boost the tracks and make the project more cohesive. There are no wrong choices with these guests and they all work together well.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape that shows many sides of Skeme. He does well to craft such varied rhymes and should be commended on his work ethic.