KIDS SEE GHOSTS – KIDS SEE GHOSTS Review

This project is an intriguing listen as the two artists are both highly creative and have clear styles that blend well on this. However while this is a revitalizing project for Kid Cudi, Kanye West does not seem at his best.

The production is truly amazing, with each beat capturing the atmosphere of the tracks superbly. With each instrument being masterfully used to create the feeling needed deep inside the listener, there is no doubt that the beatsmiths put their best work into these offerings. It is a shame that they feel squandered with the vocals that are layed over the top.

The lyricism is strange, with a lot of clever wordplay used, but also some basic shouting and some just noise making. While both the main artists have some top verses given, for a short project they don’t fill out the songs and are happy to let the instrumentals run their course. Now while the beats are fantastic, it should also be important for the vocals to stand up and take some control as well as not be tampered with, which unfortunately they are.

The features are a mix of phenomenal and confusing. Some put in great work and create moments of greatness, while others seem to be barely contributing and leave a lot to be desired. Maybe some guests with a bit more punch could create some more memorable moments.

Overall, this project seems hit and miss, with more hits from half of the duo then the other. Let it be said that it can not be a great project when the best part of the whole thing is how Kid Cudi hums.

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2 Chainz – Hibachi For Lunch Review

This project is more of the same from 2 Chainz, but he does do them well. Chainz makes energetic and repetitive music that gets stuck in the listeners head and is entertaining, if nothing else.

The production is bouncy and inspires movement when being listened to. Each beat has similarities, but not enough so they get confused into one big mess. Maybe some more diversity could help further this mixtape, but Chainz has selected backings that give him a plenty of space to do what he does.

The lyricism is to the point and relies on delivery but it effective. The rhymes are punchy but don’t contain a lot of complexity and this helps it appeal to all listeners. Some more complicated bars would not have gone amiss but Chainz knows what his fans want to hear.

Overall, with the features on this mixtape adding a little diversity, this is a good romp through some formulaic 2 Chainz tracks, but it would be great to see Chainz trying something a little different. Maybe on the next one.

Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC Review

This album has a lot of what Ty has already showcased on, but the greatness is in its variety and vocal range of tracks. Ty uses a lot of different backings and stretches his voice to new notes to make this project work.

The production is very diverse with some almost country beats mixed in with the pop and club ones. The range of beats on here allows Ty to give a glimpse of the different genres his talent could extent to. Blending them together into this one album makes for a great listening experiance with no real issues for the beats.

The lyricism is not complex or complicated but as Ty is more of a singer than rapper, this is not the most important thing. The actual singing is impressive with his signiture voice and style being effective to enhance the impact of the words. Ty shows he is good at what he does and that he will keep being good at it.

The features do a great job of fleshing out the album with new voices. With Ty singing, each of the features carries the rap portion of the album and does a good job of carrying the burden. While not on every track, they really help make the project be more cohesive and entertaining.

Overall, this album is great for listening through in the background, its biggest problem being content. It is a lot of well trodden ground but with a fresh new crooner at the helm.

Two-9 – B4FRVR Review

This is an enjoyable project and a good show of why Two-9 is a group to watch this year. With their combination of styles and flows, this set of individuals has the potential to go far in Hip Hop.

The production is good for what Two-9 are trying to do on this project. The beats are background enough so the members of Two-9 are prominent on the tracks, but interesting enough to help keep the songs interesting and not just noise. Some more diversity into a wider range of beats, more uptempo and modern, may yield a fuller project but this is a good point to build on.

The lyricism is good but may not be readily accessible to everyone. While the rapping is enjoyable, the wordplay is not strong throughout and is only prominent in certain areas so everyone may not be ready to hear it for the lyricism.

The features are good and help to build on the success that Two-9 has. The connections on this project show Two-9 is growing in power and each of the features puts good effort into thier tracks. The project only grows with every voice on it.

Overall, this is a good project for Two-9 and everyone else on it as it shows good things are happening in Hip Hop. With a bit more diversity and a few more projects under their belts, they could go far in the rap game.