This is an amazingly complete release that somehow doesn’t quite gel together as smoothly as it feels it should. T.I. explores a lot of different things in this album, from how he cultivated the trap sub-genre to how his mistakes have led to a lot of problems in his personal life, that together create a complete picture of the man we know.
The production is great and does compliment the message on each song. Individually, the beats all work, but when you put them together as a full album listen to, they can come across as a bit choppy and it can make listening through the whole thing a small challenge. On the other hand, a lot of listeners will simply pick out their favorites, as is the current trend, so this is not a huge disadvantage.
The lyricism is good, with a lot of uptempo rhyming to help keep energy levels up. However, when on an emotional track, T.I. bears his soul to show his side of the story and show that he knows he is a human being and that he makes mistakes. However you slice it, his performance here is phenomenal.
The features do a great job of accentuating the song they are on as well as showing their own talent. There is a real combination of tough street efforts on top of softer singers to add an extra dimension to the project. The guest selection is excellent and are only additions to this album.
Overall, this is a strong album with a lot of strong performances. T.I. continues to be a staple in hip hop and will continue to be, while hopefully having less drama.
This release shows that 2 Chainz knows his core audience, but doesn’t grow to increase his listeners and therefore earn more money, as one of the songs on here is all about. Something to think about at least.
The production is good with a lot of interesting and entertaining sounds that create a lot of energy and keep it flowing through the whole project. A lot of the beats however are very much within the wheel house of the main artist. Trying to expand his repertoire further out of his comfort zone would make a more balanced release.
The lyricism is good, but is more of the same from 2 Chainz. He has respectable wordplay and his delivery is still entertaining, but his hooks are repetitive and the content is more of the same. Something fresh could give a lot of boost to this release, but it would have to be a big boost.
The features do great at breaking up the monotony that can set in by adding fresh voices and styles to the mix. Each does a good job of showing what they are capable of, but also at bringing fresh energy streams in ot stimulate this project and stop it dropping rankings any further. Some more singers would help bring more diversity too.
Overall, this will appeal to Chainz’s core audience, but does not have a lot to give other rap listeners. The title does not reflect the content and a lot of it will already have been heard before.
This is another example of Jeezy showing how to make trap music with more of a refined polished sound that will land with a wider audiance. While there is a lot of trap influenced music right now, Jeezy shows how he helped ot kick off the movement.
The production is good as it is energetic and gritty when it needs to be while becoming softer for the more emotional stuff. While there is a lot going on in each beat, it never eclipses the artists which is a major issue in rap these days. It could be argued that a few different influences would help make a more balanced project, but this is supposed to be a total trap release, so this is not a reasonable criticism.
The lyricism is not overly complicated but still hits hard with the listener. Jeezy has a powerful delivery that accentuates his rhymes so that they are still entertaining without a huge amount of intricacy. Some more complex attempts with the raps could have improved this project, but Jeezy knows what his fans want and he fills that criteria perfectly.
The features do great jobs and help build on the work Jeezy does on the tracks. Each has great chemistry with Jeezy which helps make the tracks flow easier. A few more singers could help give another dimension to the project but would not necessarily fit with the style of beat and music.
Overall, this is a good trap offering but may not be a mainstream success. However, Jeezy has crafted a project that his fans can still enjoy and shows he is still a force to be reckoned with.
This album is hypnotic while listening to it but cracks start to appear the longer it goes on. Patterns emerge showing that the songs share a lot of elements and that it is all beats and hooks. It isn’t a great Hip Hop project, but it can be entertaining.
The production is fantastic and contains everything modern rap music is becoming. it has high energy and sounds that draw in the listener while being relatively easy to listen to. Maybe a few more changes to pace could stop the backings sounding so very similar while trying to add some different noises may also help.
The lyricism is confusing because it is very hard to tell the verses apart from the hooks, which dominate the songs. While Travis Scott can write an incredible chorus, it would be great to hear what he could do on more of a verse but they are almost non-existent in the listener’s ears. Changing this is what would be the biggest improvement for this project.
Overall, the one feature on this was a good choice to show Travis Scott’s own skill but he needed to put more of it on show to the audience for this to really excel.
This album is great because it is showing a different side of rap than has been broadcast recently. Each member of the group shows how they are lyrically great as well as trying to open the minds of listeners around the world.
The production has a lot of diversity from modern west coast to more old school aggression. Each is done with a strong beat to rap over which lets the group show their abilities. They even use a beat compromised of vocals to show that the backing is not everything. There are no issues with the backings here as they only improve the project.
The lyricism is fantastic with all four members of the group pushing themselves to really push themselves. Every bar is either packed with emotion or stuffed with lyrical devices to make every song land hard with the listener. There are no issues with any of the members here and only great rhymes on the tracks.
The only feature on the project works great because with four members of the group, there is not a lot of space on the tracks that needs filling. The guest is none other than the older brother of all members of the group who helped them build their careers who does not fail to disappear.
Overall, this project is incredible for its messages, clever lyricism and cohesiveness. Everyone involved in this album should be proud of how it has turned out.