This is an energetic release reminiscent of the first Ransom project, but there is a certain amount of formula that is clear in each of the tracks. While the production from Mike WiLL is fantastic, what each artists does with it all seems to lead down the same path, with a few exceptions.
The production is phenomenal, with Mike WiLL creating trap beats that may seem similar, but all have different aspects that makes each individual. In a few cases it seems like there is a base guideline rather than an organic blooming to his creative process, but it still yields some great results. Maybe seeing what he can do outside the trap sub-genre could be an interesting challenge for the producer.
The features on this project are exactly what you would expect to find on songs from a producer as big as Mike WiLL. A stream of A-List rappers as well as fresh up-and-comers helps show a great level of respect for the producer here. It is a shame that so many come from the same vein of writing and delivery, but individually, they all still have good performances.
Overall, this is another release from an exceptional producer that proves he deserves the money and respect he is given. Only time will tell if he will attempt to branch out and attempt to work with a wider pool of talent.
This is a lot more of the same from Fetty Wap, which is a shame because he could have used his quick gotten fame to grow as an artist, but has settled into a rut of formula music instead. He can still make catchy tracks, but how long until people realise it is the same track over and over.
The production is all energetic and bouncy, but becomes stale over the course of nineteen tracks. While if you picked a handful, it would be good music to exercise to, it becomes mere noise in the background because there are so many similarities between the beats. Some more variety in the selection would go a long way.
The lyricism is good at first, but it soon seems to become a paint by numbers scenario. Fetty Wap doesn’t use complex wordplay, but seems to rely on his delivery and autotune to make an impact. Some improvement in his rhymes might open his releases to a larger audience.
The guests help break up the autotune of Wap but are still similar to him in rhyme style. Some help elevate the level of wordplay, but still seems to rely on the beats and performance factor. It is a shame but seems to be the direction the rap game is headed in.
Overall, this is good if you can pick out a few you enjoy, but so much of it is filler music and it goes on for so long, that it is not always an enjoyable listen through. Hopefully Fetty Wap can break out of his comfort zone to make some more interesting music.
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.