Issa – This Summer Review

This is an enjoyable album to have on in the background but there is too much autotune and repetition to be really focused on. Focusing on it shows the flaws in it.

The production reflects the title with a lot of relaxed beats that are very easy to hear. The backings are very cohesive and run together smoothly without becoming one long mess. However a few more variations in beat selection could have made a more balanced project.

The lyricism is alright but there is nothing complicated about it. It is all straightforward, which works well in doses, but over the whole project, it can become boring. A few more changes in delivery could make more entertaining songs.

The features do a good job breaking up the monotony of Issa. Each puts in some good effort and makes an entertaining verse. A couple of features with a bit more singing could have helped Issa out in that department but the choice of features here are a good choice.

Overall, this is a good background mixtape but if your looking for something engaging, you may want to look elsewhere. Issa has some work to do if he wants to become a power in Hip Hop.

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Drake – If Your Reading This It’s Too Late Review

This is a personal sounding project by Drake with some haunting production, but it is only showing a more toned down version of what we have already seen from him.

The production is good and does well to make a good base for Drake to try and show his lyrical skill. With its minimalist sound and interesting instrument choices, the beats blend together well while staying individual. Maybe some variation could create a more complete sounding project but the production on this is still enjoyable.

The lyricism is alright but is not on the level that could be expected of him. This project is on a more personal level which puts Drake in the position of making powerful tracks. This does mean that he puts touching sentiment ahead of clever wordplay but that is ok as that is the idea. He does this extremely well and creates some tracks with some good messages.

The features put in some good efforts but do not live up to the expectation of being on a Drake project. While they do try hard, they don’t shine and simply fill in space on their tracks until the next one begins.

Overall, this is a good effort from Drake to air out some of his personal life but it has too much singing Drake and not enough rapping Drake for it to appeal to a Hip Hop orientated audience.