Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory Review

This is an enjoyable release, but Vince Staples is not in the forefront as much as audiences might hope. The tracks can be beat heavy, making it harder to enjoy the rhymes within.

The production is great with a lot of dark energy running through the project. Each backing is strong and could easily stand on its own, which makes rapping over it very challenging. Something with less bass and with less overpowering noises could help show the artist in a better light.

The lyricism is good when it can be heard and does show that Staples has more than a little talent. His bars are well constructed and his wordplay has a great level of descriptive power. He needs to be a bit more powerful on his delivery to overpower the production to have more impact on the listener.

Overall, with no features to compete against or to pump up any songs, this is an entertaining release, but can seem lacking in depth. it was a good choice to keep it relatively short to keep a certain level of replay ability.

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Vince Staples – Prima Donna Review

This project has some great tracks on it, with some very confusing interludes tagged onto the ends that don’t seem to tie in anywhere. Vince Staples does a great job rapping, but doesn’t quite pull the project together.

The production is interesting with no beats that are overpowering, and with a lot of scope for content. Each backing has an atmosphere that mirrors the message while striking the delicate balance of noticeable but not centre stage. Maybe some more club beats would show Vince in a different environment but he works well on these songs.

The lyricism is clever and is the best part of this project. Vince Staples uses great wordplay and story telling ability to make songs that strike the listener and get caught in thier head for a while after. Maybe an attempt or two for a few more flow changes could add a touch more diversity to this project, however Staples still does an amazing job on these tracks.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project with good songs, which the features help to make great, but is marred by the strange interludes. Vince Staples should learn from the reception of this and carry that knowledge into his future work.

Schoolboy Q -Blank Face LP Review

This album has tracks for everyone but not necessarily in a cohesive order. Every track is interesting, but not all have a high level of replay ability.

The production is varied and allows plenty of scope for Schoolboy Q to work with. Each has its own feel, but some carry extremely similar elements. On a full listen through, it can sound disjointed because of the track similarities, but is still enjoyable.

The lyricism is strong with passion filling every bar of Schoolboy Q’s rhymes. He may not always have the most complex lyrics but he gets his message across with such belief that the listener feels through their whole body. Maybe some changes in flow could make some more exciting moments, but there are no real issues with the raps on this.

The features are great and add a lot to this project. Each puts in a good performance, and help to push the tracks to further greatness. Most come off well and show the connections that the main artist has made in the Hip Hop world. No problems with selection here.

Overall, this album has a lot of good things about it and will have songs that will appeal to everyone at some point. Lets see where Schoolboy Q takes this momentum next.

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons To Die II Review

This album is a great continuation of the story as well as of the story telling ability that Ghostface posesses. While it may not have a hit songle, it does have a lot of replay ability for those who enjoy concept albums.

The production is classic RZA haunting minimalism. There is plenty of scope for content and for Ghostface to try a few different things. The beats work well with how the story flows which helps the project stay cohesive. A few more modern beats could balance the project out on the timeline more, however that would upset the atmosphere of the album and ruin the story.

The lyricism is good through this album and helps to add to the story telling element. While not overly complicated, it assists the imagery and makes it impact more on the listener. Some more rhymes with some more complexity could showcase Ghostface’s talent some more, however the way this story is told, it may have detracted from what the artists are saying.

The features all help to build this album up with the addition of thier verses. Each brings a lot of effort and a lot of great verses that add a lot to not only thier tracks, but the whole project. A few more singing features could have added another dimension to the album, but again, may not have fit with the story.

Overall, this is a great concept album that shows that not only does Ghostface have the ability to still make great albums, but that concept albums are making somewhat of a comeback after a few releases through the last few years.

Vince Staples – Summertime ’06 Review

This album is great as the production does enough for the lyrics to shine through as the focal point. Vince Staples has put together an album that truly showcases his talents instead of being beat heavy as so many projects are.

The production is excellent and works well with Vince Staple’s ability. While some may critiscise it for not having enough in it to make it interesting, it’s simplistic and yet effective to help Vince Staples become famous for being Vince Staples. A couple of beats with more modern taste with more instruments used could help attract a younger audiance, but the selection here is exactly what the project needed.

The lyricism is good and really helps to show the imagery that Vince Staples is so good at. His flow and kaidance are another asset to this album and help make this a great album. Maybe a couple of instances of more complicated lyrical techniques could help bring in a bigger audiance, however Vince does a great job showcasing his talent.

The features all do a good job of diversifying the project. They all bring good efforts and break up the effots of only hearing one voice. A couple of singing features would eliminate autotune from this album, however the choices for the guests have a lot of chemistry and make good tracks.

Overall, this is a good album that relies on Vince to make it great. He comes through and this is highly enjoyable for any listener.

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt Review

This album is certainly different from others available at the moment but that may not necessarily be a good thing. The backing is much more relaxed and calm with the lyricism relying on the words and not so much on delivery and this all comes together to make an interesting listen.

The production is very laid back and provides a good base for Earl to showcase his skills. The use of instruments and sounds helps create beats that are more individual than others and make each track more enticing. The main issue is that there is not a lot of energy in each beat and it can feel like the music is not connecting to the listener. However the lyrics help bring it back as enjoyable.

The lyricism is not complex but it is powerful due to the involved nature of most of the tracks. The way the words are put together and the emotional weight they carry help make the lyrics hit harder with the listener. The delivery can come across as flat as Earl does not have a lot of variation in his performance but the words themselves are strong.

The features are good but can be difficult to distinguish from Earl. This detracts from their efforts on each song and doesn’t really show the guests in the best light. If they had been a bit more assertive then they may have stood out a bit more on thier tracks.

Overall, the album is enjoyable to listen to but not for the conventional reasons other albums recently have been enjoyed. The calmer nature of the tracks may not be for everyone but the people who do enjoy them, will enjoy them a lot.