Stefflon Don – SECURE Review

This release is fantastic for every aspect of hip hop. Stefflon brings a lot of flavours to the table and shows how different sounds can blend seamlessly together.

The production is amazing, with Stefflon’s Jamaican upbringing being clearly evident throughout. With the exotic sounds coming through, keeping the energy levels up, the beats have a wide range of atmospheres that help open up the content and make the project have a very wide level of diversity. There are no problems with the beat selection here, it is actually one of the strongest points.

The lyricism is good as Stefflon Don uses her signature tone and delivery to enhance her wordplay. There are plenty of lyrical devices used, but the biggest point is the venom she spits her aggression and the softness she sings. This combination makes her performance incredible to listen to.

The features are great and show how Stefflon is making waves in the rap community. Not only does she have lesser known artists that compliment her unique style, but she has some huge names to show that other artists have faith in her skills and believe she will be the star that this project shows she could be. It will be interesting to see who she collaborates with as she moves forward in her career.

Overall, this is a refreshing album for hip hop and audiences alike. Stefflon Don has cultivated a great many talents that have culminated in this release and she should be proud of the result.

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Tinie Tempah – Youth Review

This release takes Tinie Tempah back to sounding like his hugely successful debut album. The sound on this may lean towards more pop sounds, but the content helps to keep one foot in his roots.

The production is great with a lot of smooth sounds making this feel very cohesive as a full listen through. There are a lot of beats that seem simple, but are very effective as they don’t overshadow the artists at any point and help them have a little more impact. Something a bit grittier could have helped bring in more of his underground followers, but that might be a little lost for a big gain.

The lyricism is great, with Tempah showing the skills that brought him to the forefront of UK rap in the first place. He has a lot of great rhymes that punctuate his descriptive terms well and that push his story telling to the next level. However he does have moments of simply repeating the same phrase which can let a song down in places.

The features all do a great job of showing the connections Tempah has in the music world. Each contributes with a solid verse or chorus that works beautifully with the project overall, The guest selection here is so diverse that there is nothing that could be done to improve it really.

Overall, this is a release to remind the world that Tinie Tempah can still make big hits. He does that while showing he also has a softer side and staying entertaining, which is no easy feat.

Sway – Deliverence Review

This album can be hard to get into at first, but has a lot of great moments that make this a great listen. Sway uses a lot of variation in his songs to keep this fresh while you listen through.

The production is excellent and has a beat for every situation. There is a lot of diversity in the listen through, from the high energy to the personally emotional. There are no issues with the selection here as Sway does a great job utilising what he has chosen.

The lyricism is good and enjoyable. While Sway does slow down for some of the more intimate moments, this is very fast paced which can make some of the rhymes difficult to decipher. However once caught, the rhymes are great, helping to make this album as good as it is.

The features are great with a good balance of guests who rap and sing. Each brings in a lot of effort and fit perfectly with the role Sway has provided. The guests on this are well thought out and have no real issues with the project.

Overall, this project is great to listen to as well as select the songs you prefer for a playlist. Sway is representing the UK pretty hard and coming up with another great album to grow the grime scene.