Sheep Louch – Silverback Gorilla 2 Review

This album is a great balance of street content but with more of a refined sound. Sheep Louch has grown musically and it shows on this project.

The production is good with the raw power of street music but with the more refined radio sound that makes this easy to listen to. The beats are all cohesive and follow through well without blending well together. There are no problems with the selection of backings for this album.

The lyricism is good with Sheek using different techniques without a rapid pace to show that bars still exist in Hip Hop. The variation in his rhymes help give his lyrics an edge and make the songs more enjoyable. A few changes of flow could show a willingness to try new things but he knows what works well and does that fantastically.

The features help make this project even more cohesive and show the connections Sheek Louch has in the industry. Each brings a good verse that makes thier tracks more entertaining. There is a good balance of singing to rapping as well so there are no particular issues there.

Overall, this is a very listenable album that will have fans bumping it for a long time. Sheek Louch has done a really good job of putting this together and should be proud of this result.

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth Review

This album is what the title describes. All the tracks have truth in them and Trae does a good job putting his passion into the rhymes.

The production is great and gives enough scope for Trae to really explore around his emotions and feelings. There is not too much going on in the background to overpower the artists but they do have enough impact that they aren’t forgotten. Some more higher energy tracks could have balanced it out slightly more, however that would not be in the spirit of the emotional sharing.

The lyricism is good but most of the enjoyment comes from his delivery. His unique tone makes Trae easily discernible to the listener while his rhymes have enough power behind them to sink in and make you think. Some more complex techniques could entice more of an audiance, however that is not the aim of this project. Trae has selected his audiance and plays directly to them.

The features all do a good job of adding more depth to the tracks. They all bring a lot of effort to thier songs and give another opinion on the topic at hand. A couple more singing guests could strengthen the additional dimension, but Trae has selected a good group for this project.

Overall, this album is enjoyable to listen to while also making you think. It is good to see Trae make a full album rather than the stream of features the world has seen from him recently.

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.

Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo And Youth Review

This is an enjoyable album to listen to, even if you can’t enjoy all the complexities. Lupe does well to have a range of songs that could appeal to a diverse audience which is always a good idea.

The production is good, if at some times confusing. The combination of sounds and the format of the tracks sometimes sounds misplaced but that may be the the point to fit the the message on those tracks. The rest is smooth and great backing for Lupe to do his work over.

The lyricism is great and Lupe does good work keeping it going on every track right the way through the entire project. Almost everything Lupe spits on this album is cleverly containing some form of rap genius and it helps solidify Lupe as a premium lyricist in the rap game.

The features are also good on this project and give extra levels of depth to the album. The singing from some and aggressive verses from others help to bring more authenticity as well as help add extra levels of enjoyment.

Overall, this is a great effort from Lupe Fiasco and a good start to the year as well. This album may seem confusing but it is still an enjoyable listen and a lyrical masterpiece. With Lupe looking to sink into the shadows from whence he came, this great a project may not be the way to go for him to achieve that goal.

BH – Boyz N Tha Hood Review

This is a good mixtape to show that BH rocks the west coast as well as any other. The old sounding west coast beats combined with BH’s relaxed flow and kaidance combine to make a great project that is reminiscent of YG with a G-Funk twist.

The production is good and is a reminder that the west coast can still rock it like they used to. BH has selected some classic style beats to rap over and it helps take you back to the original boys in the hood days. They blend together very well, while keeping their own individual feel and this makes for a good mixtape.

The lyricism is good but there could be more. While some of it is very lyric centred and is very well done, other parts are made good by delivery and performance rather than the words he says. However there is some good lyrical ability thrown in to help make this project more appealing to the wider Hip Hop audiences.

The features are also good which helps to show that BH can work well with others. BH sounds very cohesive on these tracks when set alongside the other people on these tracks. His relaxed flow is very good when put with the relaxed west coast beats which is what makes this a good project.

Overall, this is a good project for fans of west coast Hip Hop and is a good addition to BH’s catalogue. This is an enjoyable listen with some real throwback value that shouldn’t be skipped over.

Nipsey Hussle – Mailbox Money Review

This is another good mixtape from another great up and comer. Nipsey Hussle has spent the last year learning from his “Crenshaw” release and has put together another project with the same amount of promise.

The production is good and provide a good canvas for Nipsey to rap over, but it could do with more ups and downs. While the beats are good it is mostly of one tone and can become dull. If it switched up during the play through, it would make each song more enticing to listen to. However they are still enjoyable songs.

The lyricism is good and is present on every track. Nipsey demonstrates a good understanding of the formula to make a successful song and uses a lot of rap techniques for his words to be appealing to the Hip Hop audience who enjoy wordplay. The main issue is Nipsey’s inability to change up his own flow. With some pitch or tempo changes he would be a great rapper instead of a good rapper.

The features are great and bring a lot to the project. With the production being on mostly the same tone and Nipsey using the same pitch in his rapping, a new voice on a track is very refreshing. Each puts in a good verse and, with the extra diversity they bring to the tracklisting, it makes a very enjoyable listen.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen and another good project to add to Nipsey’s catalogue. With some slight variation out of Nipsey’s comfort zone would turn this from a good mixtape to a great one.

Zuse – Illegal Immigrant Review

Zuse has very distinct voice and dialect, but this doesn’t mean he can be extremely repetitive and call it entertainment. While he does have good verses, the chorus’ are long and very repetitive which drags the song down, despite them being very catchy.

The production is good but very limited in its range of tones which can make it difficult to really understand Zuse as he has very low vocal tones aswell. The project is full of dark, resounding bass and creates an almost throbbing backing for Zuse to rap over. This makes a very specific range of enjoyability for the audience.

The lyricism is alright in the verses but the hooks are very simple and repetitive which, while they are catchy, can create a boring track overall. Zuse does have some wordplay and other lyrical techniques but the hooks disappointment far outweigh the verses greatness.

The features are good, especially T.I, and they help to bring more diversity to the project. Zuse can be difficult to listen to for a full length project but with the features, it helps break up the monotony and makes a much better listening experience.

Overall, This is an enjoyable project if you like the formula that Zuse works with, deep voice with deep toned trap music, but if you like something with some up and downs in, more of a roller-coaster ride, then this is not for you.