Troy Ave – Roland Collins Review

This project is alright but sounds lazy in places and lacking in passion. Troy Ave doesn’t sound like he is pushing himself and instead like he is trying to capitalise off of his recent and unfortunate spell in the news.

The production is good with a variety of speeds and themes to help make the project cohesive. Each beat is enjoyable in its own right and is one of the top elements of this mixtape. The backings here really help to raise this project up to not terrible, but possibly not as far as good.

The lyricism is alright but the delivery sounds lazy in a lot of places and doesn’t have a great deal of performance factor. Troy Ave does a lot of emotional work on this, but doesn’t do enough to make his rhymes stand out. A deeper look at how he puts his raps into action could go a long way here.

Overall, this is only good to get a slight view into the inner workings of Troy Ave. With no features, Troy really needed to push himself for great verses and they simply get dull the longer you listen.

Papoose – You Can’t Stop Destiny Review

While this album does have a lot of great points, it has the feel of being another mixtape that Papoose has cranked out. It is unfortunate because it starts off really well, but the end feels unstructured.

The production is great for the most part but the end starts to have an atmosphere of being outdated and old. The first few songs sound smooth and really improve the impact of Papoose rhymes. A bit more focus would help keep the production flowing well through the whole project, but all the songs can still be enjoyed.

The lyricism is fantastic and Papoose demonstrates why he considers his ability much above other rappers in the game. He uses a whole range of abilities to make tracks that are descriptive and enjoyable. A few more techniques throughout the songs spread more evenly could be an improvement, however Papoose certainly doesn’t slouch on this project at all.

The features are good as they compare well to Papoose. There is a good balance of singing to rapping which helps to make this project more cohesive. Maybe some more high calibre rapping from the features to challenge Papoose could be good for the album, but there are no problems with the choices for guests on this.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album that falls short of being great. Papoose has put together a good album and by keeping the quality up through the whole album, his next could be a bigger success.

Fat Trel – Georgetown Review

This album has a lot of really good moments that are mixed into some average ones to show growth in the rap game. Fat Trel has now worked with almost every kind of rapper now and has taken that experiance to a new level.

The production is good with a good variety of beats for Fat Trel to work with. The changes in tempo as well as structure help make this a cohesive mixtape with a lot of replay value. It is possible that quicker changes between  the backing types could have kept slightly more interest on a whole listen through, but there are very few problems with the production on this.

The lyricism is good and helps to make the imagery much more real to the listener. while every line is not packed with techniques, the passion behind them carries them through to the next batch of lyrical wit. A couple more bars packed with more wordplay, but Fat Trel does a good job with his rhymes.

The features add a lot to the mixtape as there are plenty of them without over powering Trel. They all put in a good amount of effort and have great verses to show for it. Some features further from the rap game could make a few more interesting tracks, but that is the case for a lot of artists out there so it can’t count against Trel too much.

Overall, this is a good mixtape to help promote Fat Trel as a member of MMG and as an individual. Trel has crafted an exceptional piece of work and should carry that momentum forward to an album.

Troy Ave – Major Without A Deal Review

This album is ruined by all the references to how successful he currently feels he is. However the arrogance displayed does not reflect his position in Hip Hop and this project may well have brought him down a stage.

The production is good and opens a variety of avenues for song content. Troy does try his hand at a variety of track types, but doesnt get into the groove of each beat to make the connections cohesive. While variety is good, he needs to limit it down to a beat selection he really gels with.

The lyricism is alright but the lack of substantial content really takes from the performance. Troy Ave does have some good things wrapped into his rhymes but the delivery and obsession with wealth take away from what could be some great songs. Troy needs to look into some new things to rap about if he wants to be an actual success.

The features are a mixture of cohesive guests to big name rappers who all do well on the tracks they feature on. All of them put in good effort and, while some do better than others, each shows they can be big in Hip Hop. Some features that dont fit the rap profile so much could have expanded the audiance for this project, but the guests on this are a good selection.

Overall, this could have been an enjoyable album but Troy Ave does not seem to care about how good the songs are as long as he can rap about money. He has a lot of work to do.

Tweezy – One Of A Kind Review

This is a good showcase for Tweezy with some big features and a good display of his lyrical skills. The production is good but it lacks some flair in places.

The beats are enjoyable to listen to and compliment Tweezy well, but could do with a bit more excitement thrown in as they can come across as drab in places. While there is some more upbeat production, most of it is very background, allowing Tweezy to do his thing over the top. However production is a large part of Hip Hop in the modern age and if the beat can’t stand alone to a certain extent, the track can fall short. Tweezy needs to look at a wider range of production to make a more stand out project.

The Lyricism is good and is a large part of why Tweezy is a delight to listen to. He does well to weave his ability into the rhymes that make them more complex and layered while keeping them enjoyable. With some more polishing up, Tweezy could have a big career in Hip Hop.

The features are big names that show that Tweezy has some connections to help pull him through into a more public view. The features each put in good efforts and good verses that help bolster the project to even higher levels of enjoyment.

Overall, this is a good project from Tweezy with a lot of big names on it showing that they support him as an artist. With his lyrical ability and connections that he already has, you should be on the watch for a big year from Tweezy.