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.

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Drake And Future – What A Time To Be Alive Review

This mixtape is a bizarre mix of elements from both artists. However it is not necesserily the best parts of each rapper that gets blended.

The production is good, but can become repetitive and stale. The beats are not quite diverse enough to stand out from each other on a full listen through, which means the rhymes are relied on to carry the whole project. Diversity could be the key to replay ability.

The lyricism is good from Drake but the same old Future we always get. While he does not exactly slack, Future seems to be happy where he is, which is cranking out the same sort of music he always does. Drake seems to be pushing himself more since his recent diss tracks. A bit more drive to be better than the rest of the new generation could lead to further improvements.

Overall, this project shows that Drake is trying to improve while Future knows what will sell without drive and effort. An enjoyable mixtape for a while but not a lot of longevity.

Canibus – Time Flys, Life Dies… Phoenix Rise Review

This album has all the aspects of being a solid Canibus album as well as having some choice guests that show how his stock is rising once again in the Hip Hop community. However at over an hour and a half in length, he may have tried to cram too much into this project, and with the average track length being over four minutes it is a long haul.

The production is excellent with a few different flavours being thrown in to diversify the beats. Each has a different feel and atmosphere to help the message get through to the listener. However with the tracks running so long, it can feel like the backing becomes repetitive as you hear each song for that length of time.

The lyricism is excellent and Canibus shows why he was a powerhouse in the battle rap ring. The tracks are peppered with all sorts of lyrical prowess and rap techniques that make the words more powerful to hear and more enjoyable to listen to. Canibus should be commended on not only his expert lyriricism, but being able to keep it up for stone length of this project.

The features all do a great job and with some of Hip Hop’s elite included in the album, Canibus shows that he has serious connections in rap. All the guests put in good effort and come away with fantastic verses that make very cohesive tracks. Canibus may want to consider a signing feature or two on a more commercial track to help appeal grow with the mainstream audiance, but he may lose core audiance due to “selling out”

Overall, this is a very entertaining album and a great addition to Canibus’ already big catalogue of music. He shows that he is still a force to be reckoned with and that his strength in rap is still growing.