A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol 1: Friends Review

This project definitely has the cohesive feel that comes with people who are close making music. It is a shame that a lot of the songs are in the same vein, but they are done well.

The production is good and really punctuates the rhymes with the amount of emotions somehow crammed in. Each beat has a lot of similarities, which can often happen with total in house production, but they are all effective in getting the energy across. A few more variations on the beats wouldn’t hurt but all the backings are still very much enjoyable.

The lyricism is entertaining and the different delivery of each Mob member helps keep things fresh as the project plays out. A lot of solid bars are scattered throughout the album, but there is the odd miss step which is quickly covered up with another rhyme. A bit more consistency would make this flow just a little easier.

The features are good with some big names keeping things moving. Each puts in a good verse or uses their signature talents to bring their own flavour to the songs. Some singing could lighten up this project full of deeper tones and noises.

Overall, this project is a good showing of each of the members abilities and how well they work together. It will be interesting to see how they progress with future endeavours.

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.

Ty Dolla $ign – Sign Language Review

While Ty$ is a talented singer, he may need to find some new things to sing about. The actual vocals and the ability on this project is fantastic, however the constant stream of songs about women and drugs can become stale. The only thing that keeps you listening ot it is the fresh approach to some old classics. Ty$ takes “Dead Presidents” and flips it to be about strippers which brings a fresh perspective to what you can do with a song.

The vocals, as said before, are fantastic. Ty$ shines with ability and is rising up to take the spot as Hip Hop’s go to singer. On songs with featured artists, Ty$ really stands out as his style of singing ties together what the featured artists put on the track and helps the project sound a little cohesive, despite the repetitiveness of the song matter.

The production is good, with beats that blend with in with the singers crooning and help to showcase how talented Ty$ is. The project as a whole, production wise, fits together very well and as projects go the production flows together and is a good palate for talent.

Overall, this is not a bad project, and not as good as his “Beach House” projects, but needs a bit more variation in the subject matter to make it a great project. However Ty$ is still a very talented singer and should continue to make great tracks.

DJ Mustard – 10 Summers Review

This project would feel like a collection of uncohesive DJ Mustard songs if the skits weren’t in there. That is the danger with making an album from a producers side of things. However DJ Mustard has done a better job than most by actually keeping a lot of the same features on different songs as this helps to keep a feeling of consistency. The skits add a nice touch of breaking up the songs with nice little pieces of insight into what DJ Mustard is aiming for, namely total radio and musical takeover.

The vocals on this album are good, with all the features putting in good efforts on their verses and hooks, and with some big names thrown in there. The only problem is, while it can make some of them catchy, the hooks on a lot of the songs are very repetitive and in some cases just one line repeated over and over, see “Ghetto Tales” and “Guiseppe”. This is the new emerging trend that can make some songs feel like they are slowing down and not keeping up with the style of beat DJ Mustard is trying to supply.

The production is of course fantastic with DJ Mustards signature style shining through on every track. With each track individually, his signature style is a bonus and keeps the track fresh. However, if you listen to the album all the way through the production can start to sound a bit monotonous and missing a bit more variation, although it does start to change very late on in the album.

Overall, this is a good album to nod your head to and pick out your favourites to listen to, but can become a little bit of a chore to listen to the whole thing when you start playing it. A touch more variation and maybe even another skit or two would take this album a long way, but DJ Mustard has put in a solid effort and should be commended for opening up new production paths for the people.