French Montana – Jungle Rules Review

This release is full of high energy and entertaining tracks that are enjoyable to listen to. However it feels odd in places where the use of auto-tune could be considered unnecessary.

The production is full of trap based beats and cleaned up street backings that help give the jungle vibe French is looking for. Each is strong as an instrumental but works very well with the rappers and singers over the top. Something a bit more experimental would show another aspect of French Montana, but the beat selection here has no real issues.

The lyricism is good with French Montana coming across as his most lyrically flexible self. His bars have some good wordplay and other devices in them, but can be repetitive in places, like the hooks. While he has definitely improved in this area, there is still room to improve further.

The features all help to increase the cohesiveness of this project and show thier own skills. In some cases, they can come across as very similar to what Montana is going for on the song as well with delivery but they never ruin the others performances. Something further form his own talents could help lift this guest selection, on the other hand these features are all effective on the songs they are on.

Overall, this is an achievement because there are a lot of good songs available on it. The problem is that if you cant sing, then don’t auto-tune everything because it can take from the real talent of the rhymes. Also, consolidate the track length to maximise effectiveness.

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Future – EVOL Review

This is just more of the same from Future with him just cranking out music that follows the formula he has laid out. He needs to try new things to have any longevity.

The production is good with plenty of energy to push through the fact the listener will have heard similar before. While the bounce helps to make this mildly listen able. More variation would go a long way in showing how Futures abilities have grown.

The lyricism is average with some clever wordplay but most of the rhymes are difficult to understand from the heavy auto-tune being relied for effect. Some effort is put into the lyrical devices but it is not enough to show that Future is better than others making the same kind of music. More emphasis on the rhymes would show a lot of growth.

The choice to have one feature is a double edged sword because it means you get stuck listening to Future and his monotone auto-tune. The one guest does really help to lift the project but one track does not make a project.

Overall, this project is just another expansion pack for the music Future has already released. He needs to start looking for new avenues to broaden his horizons.

Fabolous – Summer Shootout Review

This project is great as it shows that Fabolous is still making great music. He uses his great skill. To make these that have a summertime feel but with a winter coldness.

The production is great as it is light and breezy but with the ability to apply to any content. The beats are all individual and won’t get confused with any of the other songs. Any other style of production would not have been in the keeping with the theme.

The lyricism is fantastic with Fabolous showing how he first built his name in Hip Hop. He uses a range of techniques flawlessly to get his point across with great imagery and with plenty of impact. There are no real problems with the rhymes on this project.

The features are diverse and help to pull the project together. Each has an enjoyable verse or hook that helps push Fabolous to work harder as well as show what each of the guests are capable of. Maybe some more singers could give the project a little extra something but there are no problems with the selection here.

Overall, this project is a great showing for Fabolous and to show that the mixtape world can still crank out album worthy projects. Hopefully Fabolous can carry this momentum forward.

Travis Scott – Rodeo Review

This is full of almost party music that Travis has turned into the darker side of those times. He seems to craft his own sound that gives his music another edge above others.

The production is special as it seems to be a blend of almost everything that is popular and instead of sounding like a mess, it comes across as very well crafted. There is a variation and diversity in the beats that make a lot of different scenarios come forth in the music. Maybe some simpler, taken down beats would show that Travis Scott doesn’t need strong backing to make a successful song, but he has great success with his beat selection on here.

The lyricism won’t attract the lyrical purists, but Travis does not slouch and keeps the level of entertainment up with delivery and a touch of autotune. The actual rhymes work well with the song content and help make the songs enjoyable. Some more complexity in the verses as well as the hooks could help bring in some more listeners, but Travis should get a fair sized audiance off the strength of these songs.

The features all do a good job of fleshing out the tracks with fresh voices and opinions. Each brings a lot of effort and puts a fresh spin on the song while showing what they are capable of as artists. Maybe some more guests from further afield could bring in some different audiances, but his selection on here make this a better project.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen while breaking Travis Scott into the realms of established artistry. Now he needs to keeo this momentum rolling to really breakout from the rest of the pack.

Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money Review

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.