Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy Review

This is a great album from Tyler that is fluid and doesn’t need defending like his previous releases. he shows not only great talent, but personal growth as well.

The production is not as aggressive as on his last album and with the softer tones comes a project that is much easier to listen to. The songs are softer but without losing all of their hardness and shock factor in some cases. This is a side of Tyler the world needed to see and help connect with him on a more human level, which is easier accomplished with this backdrop.

The lyricism is great with a lot of smart wordplay and a lot of clever rhymes. Tyler tones down his delivery but has built up more skill which helps him add to his descriptive ability that is another positive point of this project. With the growth shown from this, there are no issues with Tyler’s performance.

The features are well chosen and fit into their respective songs easily and without sounding forced. Each shows what they are capable of without over stepping and out shining the main artist. there is a good mix of singers with this album as well, which adds another level of entertainment to an already interesting release.

Overall, this is the best album that Tyler has released as it encompasses a wider audience without alienating so many. Hopefully he can carry this mentality forward.

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.

Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb Review

This is a project filled with classic Tyler style, especially due to the range of content and production. Tyler does very well to balance his madness with more accessible tracks to create a slightly smoother listening experiance, even though this is a far from smooth journey.

The production is diverse with a couple of smooth beats laced with aggressive sounds and noises that make a lot of interesting tracks. While only a handful fall into the category of really aggressive or really smooth, there are a lot of tracks that change the balance between them. Maybe some tracks that aren’t so comfortable for Tyler would show more sides to his image, but he makes a great case for his selection of beat selection.

The lyricism is improving through his career and these tracks are evidence of that. Tyler has improved his wordplay and now his lyrics have meaning and complexity to make them even more enjoyable. It’s possible that he could try and expand his range even further into deeper realms of complexity but these improvements are on the right track to further stardom.

The features are good and show the connections that Tyler is making in the Hip Hop world. Each puts in a good effort and rhymes a great verse that really helps to lift this project. The quality level of the features combined with the A-List names make Tyler a smart man for choosing them.

Overall, this is a good album if you enjoy Tyler and his particular brand of rap, but if not then you may need to warm up to it rather than just enjoying it. However, once warmed to it, The listener is sure to enjoy at least elements of it.