This release shows that Fredo knows a little about how to rap and that he can make one song relatively well. However he does not show a complete ability or a balanced project with this.
The production is all trap based with a lot of energy and a lot happening in the background. While this is what Fredo is trying to show here, some diversity goes a long way when done with cohesion, instead of making the same song in different ways. Something softer would show help show the main artist as more of a human being instead of just a drug dealing bad guy.
The lyricism isn’t bad, but the delivery gets boring after a few tracks. Fredo utilises the shout rap style, but without attempting to change his flow or tempo enough to make it effective. The wordplay is good in places but a lot of the entertainment is based on how he puts the word across. Fredo may want to look at changing something every now and again to keep the songs fresh.
The features are good as they help break up the monotony that is Fredo. Each puts in good effort for thier own part to show what they are capable and are one of the only variables on this album that is different from song to song. Maybe trying to vary it a little to include people further from his own group would show he fits well with the rest of the UK rap scene, but the selection on here brings a lot to the release.
Overall, Fredo needs to look at his formula and try to tweak it to appeal to a wider audience. He may rap about how much money he has, but to survive in this industry, he may want to move into more universal content.
This is a great release from one of the up and comers of the UK. Stefflon Don shows a lot of talent as well as potential from the range of tracks on this project.
The production is varied and energetic with a lot of different influences becoming clear. With Jamaican dance hall and UK Grime clear samples, Stefflon Don has a wide base to build on moving forward and has a lot of diversity in this project too. Something slower might show a side that might not be clear on this, but there is definitely every other side bright as day.
The lyricism is strong with an interesting delivery to help boost the impact. The rhymes are clever but not so complicated that they can’t be understood. There are no problems here from Stefflon Don and she should continue to push herself like this.
The features are great with some strong talent helping keep the competition high in this release. The British talent on this shows that the UK has other talent that Stefflon is giving exposure to. All do great efforts and will hopefully continue to work like this.
Overall, this is a fantastic project from a very talented artist. Stefflon Don will go far in the music world if she can continue to bring new flavours to the Hip Hop palette.
This is an album filled with JME keeping the same flow but his lyricism propels his performance past good. His beat selection may also be stale to some, but his incredible way of utilising them is fantastic.
The production is energetic and everything that JME needs them to be to create tracks of great magnitude. Each song, while having similar production, is diverse enough to stand on its own and provides a great base for the grime raps over the top. While it would be interesting to see JME on a different type of beat, he certainly knows how to exploit the strengths of this project.
The lyricism is excellent and is what really makes this project enjoyable. JME actually explains on the tracks that his lyrical skill is what has kept him in the rap game instead of changing his flow to bend to the mainstream. He may want to include a couple of multi schemes somewhere, even though he doesn’t need them to be considered a good lyricist.
The features are good and help keep the energy up on this album. While thier style may seem similar, each puts in a good verse and shows great chemistry with JME. JME may want to look for features further afield to create more interesting tracks, but it is a known fact that he does not want to change how he operates for the audiance.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album even if some may find it repetitive. JME has become a staple in Grime music and this project showcases why.