President T – Greatest To Ever Touch Down Review

This album shows that President T can have an effective verse but that the songs do not have great cohesion. While each song is somewhat enjoyable, as a listen through it completely falls down.

The production is packed with Grime features but there is not a lot of big energy moments to push it forward. Each beat has its time but they don’t flow through easily and make the project sound jarring. Maybe some smoother backings could helps to make this an easier listen, but President T has selected beats he is sure he is most effective over.

The lyricism is good with some complexity but not too much for it to go over people’s heads. His delivery is a major point here but his rhymes do add to the imagery and descriptive power somewhat. Some more complicated rhymes could help this out, but President T does a decent job on this.

The features help to make this more cohesive and show what connections President T has in grime. Each brings a good verse that helps fill out the track they are on. Some more singers could show more of a balanced guest list but President T has chosen well on this project.

Overall, this album may not be the best of the year, but it can still be entertaining to hear. It will be interesting to see where President T is going to take his career after this.

Migos – Back To The Bando Review

This project is simply more of what has already been made already by the group. All three members are still entertaining but it is not as refreshing as some of thier other albums.

The production is entirely trap based which is exactly what the project is about. There is a lot of energy running throughout the listen through and each track will get the listener pumped up. This could be ideal for the gym or other exercise.

The lyricism is not complex but the delivery and performance really help push it to enjoyable. However there are no standout moments that make the listener sit up and pay attentioon. Instead of cranking out music as fast as possible, maybe focus on some quality to make thier projects go further.

Overall, this album does not break any new ground but contains a lot of elements that made them a hit. now they need to consolidate thier power to strengthen thier longevity.

Master P – Empire, From The Hood To Hollywood Review

This album does have some great tracks on it but is disfigured by its use of autotune and radio style backings. Master P says he remembers where he comes from but the majority of tracks on here could indicate otherwise.

The production is enjoyable but does not have that raw energy that the more street side needed to give it that authentic edge. The more hollywood side has the right atmosphere and sound but it does not have the balance the listener is looking for. That is the only issue with the beats however.

The lyricism is alright with some highlights, but there is a lot of mediocre rhymes in there as well. The verses tend to be above average and really help get the point across, but the hooks are very repetitive and get dull quite quickly. Some more flexibility in the formula could make some more interesting moments.

The features do a good job of fleshing out the project but lack the flair to really spur it onward to further greatness. Each does have an alright verse but there are no standout performers that really shake up the album. Maybe more of a range of guests could make some more memorable moments.

Overall, this album shows that Master P can still make music but it is not of the game changing calibre that was expected. While not slouching, maybe Master P has peaked musically.

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.

Chinx – Welcome To JFK Review

This album is enjoyable to listen to and is a great album that Chinx would be proud of. There are a lot of good moments that make this album likely to be listened to again.

The production runs very well throughout the project and really helps the transitions between the songs. All the beats are refined so that each of the songs can be enjoyed together or taken individually which is a good quality for an album to have. A few more higher energy songs could have pumped the project up a bit more, however Chinx does well over the beats he selected.

The lyricism is good and does a great job of increasing the level of entertainment. This is mostly due to the clever wordplay and the meaning behind the songs. An increase in complexity of the lyricism and a touch more diversity in his flow could have made Chinx’s performance better, but he certainly has not made any bad decisions here.

The features do a great job fleshing out the tracks with other opinions and points of view. The guests all bring good verses that, while showing what each of them is capable of, work well with Chinx’s style as well. A few singing guests could ass another dimension but the people on this help make it the album that it is.

Overall, this is a good album that has been crafted for Hip Hop audiances to enjoy. May Chinx be proud of this as he rests in peace.

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons To Die II Review

This album is a great continuation of the story as well as of the story telling ability that Ghostface posesses. While it may not have a hit songle, it does have a lot of replay ability for those who enjoy concept albums.

The production is classic RZA haunting minimalism. There is plenty of scope for content and for Ghostface to try a few different things. The beats work well with how the story flows which helps the project stay cohesive. A few more modern beats could balance the project out on the timeline more, however that would upset the atmosphere of the album and ruin the story.

The lyricism is good through this album and helps to add to the story telling element. While not overly complicated, it assists the imagery and makes it impact more on the listener. Some more rhymes with some more complexity could showcase Ghostface’s talent some more, however the way this story is told, it may have detracted from what the artists are saying.

The features all help to build this album up with the addition of thier verses. Each brings a lot of effort and a lot of great verses that add a lot to not only thier tracks, but the whole project. A few more singing features could have added another dimension to the album, but again, may not have fit with the story.

Overall, this is a great concept album that shows that not only does Ghostface have the ability to still make great albums, but that concept albums are making somewhat of a comeback after a few releases through the last few years.

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly Review

This project aims higher than his debut but Kendrick Lamar but it is not quite as tied together without the narrative running through. On the other hand, there is a constant theme running through that helps the project with its structure and helps stop it being simply a cluster of tracks.

The production is excellent and does very well to keep each track seperate but flowing together. It would be easy with the running theme to let the tracks run together too much but the project does a great job diversifying every song. Maybe some more variation in the beats to have more higher tempo songs as well as a few low tempo ones to make a slightly more complete project, but it would only be a minor improvement.

The lyricism is exquisite and Kendrick flaunts his talent over every single song. There are few moments where his lyrics are not complex, genius and totally enjoyable. His variation in his delivery and performance help keep the songs interesting and making this a great album to listen to

Overall, this is a fantastic album and Kendrick should be commended on his efforts going into a sophmore album with such high expectations of what to expect. He has taken that pressure and used it to make an album that ticks all the right boxes.