T.I. – DIME TRAP Review

This is an amazingly complete release that somehow doesn’t quite gel together as smoothly as it feels it should. T.I. explores a lot of different things in this album, from how he cultivated the trap sub-genre to how his mistakes have led to a lot of problems in his personal life, that together create a complete picture of the man we know.

The production is great and does compliment the message on each song. Individually, the beats all work, but when you put them together as a full album listen to, they can come across as a bit choppy and it can make listening through the whole thing a small challenge. On the other hand, a lot of listeners will simply pick out their favorites, as is the current trend, so this is not a huge disadvantage.

The lyricism is good, with a lot of uptempo rhyming to help keep energy levels up. However, when on an emotional track, T.I. bears his soul to show his side of the story and show that he knows he is a human being and that he makes mistakes. However you slice it, his performance here is phenomenal.

The features do a great job of accentuating the song they are on as well as showing their own talent. There is a real combination of tough street efforts on top of softer singers to add an extra dimension to the project. The guest selection is excellent and are only additions to this album.

Overall, this is a strong album with a lot of strong performances. T.I. continues to be a staple in hip hop and will continue to be, while hopefully having less drama.

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Machine Gun Kelly – General Admission Review

This project is a bit of a rehash of previous work, but MGK approaches in enough new ways with fresh energy to make new tracks. There are some that seem very similar but there are just enough differences to make it passable.

The production is heavily rock based with HipHop elements thrown in. This causes a lot of great backing moments and a fresh influence for rap to come back to. Rock has always had a part in Hip Hop, but has always been hit and miss. MGK does make a good job with the beats, but may want to look for other influences in the future.

The lyricism is fast paced and hard hitting with a lot of emotional content. MGK really packs the rhymes with passion and meaning while using a variety of techniques to add impact. He may want to look at exploring new areas however as he tends to lean on the same things to rap about.

The features are good as they break up the verbel punching from MGK while allowing others to show thier skill. Each puts in a lot of effort and helps to increase the cohesiveness of the project. However some more rappers to push MGK to new hieghts would be welcome.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you enjoy emotional and sometimes painful journeys through another mans mind. MGK has explored his deeper self and may want to start looking elsewhere.

T.I – Paperwork Review

This is a diverse album, but it may not connect with everyone as a cohesive project. There are tracks for trapping, radio tracks, tracks for women and tracks for driving to, however all together they don’t entirely blend. It does follow the idea of a film,¬†as there is a song on there for pretty much any scene that could come up, but even as a soundtrack it doesn’t exactly flow all the way through.

The lyricism is good on each track and helps to lend to the descriptive nature of the film it was partly designed to be. T.I is still sharp and plays effortlessly on every track. However on some tracks the backing is slightly overwhelming for his voice and can make him fade into the background instead of at the forefront where he should be.

The production is amazing, but with Pharrell executive producing its hard to imagine the production being bad. Each track is distinguishable from the others and is one of the points that helps shape the collection of tracks into an album. T.I also recruits some top producers, like producer of the year DJ Mustard, to help keep things at the forefront of Hip Hop and for things to sound as fresh as they can.

The features are interesting to say the least. They all add something to the tracks they are on, and it is interesting to see that some of them are featured on several tracks and not just one. All of the featured artists help to add to the diverse nature of the tracks since they help break from just hearing T.I for the length of the project.

Overall, this is a good album for T.I as it shows that he is still lyrically sharp and that he is still culturally relevant, while being able to appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. However the project needs more of a theme or story to tie it all together, to make a great album and not just a great collection of tracks.