G-Unit – The Lost Flash Drive Review

This is a great representation of how not every track needs every member of the group. With 50 Cent missing for every track but one that doesn’t have the other members on it, the rest of the group do great to show they can step out form behind that shadow.

The production is good with plenty of variation in pace and boldness. There are plenty of beats that provide a great atmosphere without becoming the centre of attention, leaving lots of scope for the artists. Maybe some backings aimed further from underground street music would open up more avenues for the members, but the production selection here is all effective.

The lyricism is good from everyone and shows how cohesive the members can be. Each puts in good verses and energy that really improves this project with its level of entertainment. Some less street themed songs and some more mainstream music may help to raise the profile of the members, but they all do a great job.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen to remind people that G-Unit is more than just 50’s backup. Each shows they have the skills to be great artists and can work well without the head honcho.

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Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Whoo Kid – The Turn Up Godz Tour Review

This mixtape should be considered one of the best attempts to merge EDM music and rap. While it is definately not for the thought provoking or emotional listeners, it is the project if your looking for if you want something high tempo and energetic.

The production is the definition of rave music. All of it is made up of the producers using the unique sounds to create soundscapes that are thier versions of a verse from a rapper. The way the noises come across makes an enjoyable melody, if you enjoy grinding noises and helps to tie the project together as even the producers seem to be guest features.

The lyricism is not complicated at all and this entire project relies entirely upon delivery and performance, mixed with the beats of course. Waka Flocka does especially well at taking his average rhymes but getting them across with such passion and great delivery that they become good and sometimes great. On this kind of project, the lyrics from the people on it are exactly what you expect to hear.

The features on this are fantastic and help bring another level of diversity to the project. While each track is definately different, it is good to hear other rappers trying this new direction that Waka Flocka has chosen to head in. It is possible that some less features could help the mixtape as the beats are so overpowering to begin with, but this is still a good listen.

Overall, this mixtape is an interesting experimental listen and does a great job bringing a level of energy to a musical project that is usually only heard on a few tracks. Waka Flocka could keep exploring this avenue, but it would be good to hear him have a stronger presence rather than relying on the production to carry the mixtape through.

G-Unit – The Beast is G-Unit Review

This is an enjoyable effort and should be seen as the other half of thier album when put together with thier previous EP “The Beauty of Independance”. It is still a cohesive listen but is of a more street level, much like thier debut album.

The production is great and comes across as very polished while being energetic and somewhat menacing in places. The sounds used combined with the nature of the songs help to make a set of songs that show each of the members showcasing thier rap style and how well they can rap over production of this quality.

The lyricism is great by some members but not so by others. However they all have powerful delivery and this helps make up for any lyrical shortcomings that may be found on this EP. It is possible that some more lyrical devices would improve this project but not by much as it is only six songs that all combine together well without too much lyrical input.

There aren’t any features which is good because there are five members of G-Unit and only six track on this EP. Any guests would have taken away valuable time from one of the members which would have made this project much less cohesive to listen to.

Overall, this is a good effort from G-Unit, but these batches of six songs need to be part of a longer project forthe world  ton see that the group can consistently churn out good music and can structure it into a full length release. It also couldn’t hurt to try a feature or two to see if the members can work with others outside the group.

Young Buck – Before The Beast Review

This is a good project for Buck to get back into the driving seat of his own projects and he does a good job bringing his energy and aggression to another project.

The production is good and compliments Buck’s style very well. The atmosphere on each track is a dark and gritty street level with some high life thrown in. Each song has enough differences in it to keep things interesting and on a short project like this, that is very important.

The lyricism is alright but the main focus is content and how catchy each track is. While some of it is clever wordplay and schemes, most of the entertainment value is around hooks that get stuck in your head and the street level content. If Buck included more lyrical devices in his raps, he may be able to entice a wider audience.

The features put in good efforts and help to create a cohesive listening experience. All of them put in good efforts and are enjoyable to listen to while bringing new perspectives to their tracks.

Overall, this is an entertaining listen but can lack substance. If he can put some more universal content instead of gritty street raps, he could start rising back into the ranks of popular rappers.