This is a good showcase of the variety of songs Tion is capable of making. He does not sound totally committed to any particular one, leading to a balanced but not totally cohesive project.
The production is good as it sounds modern and fits well with Tion’s style. There is plenty of energy and diversity that helps keep the project interesting. There are no problems with the selection, but maybe some songs that sound like they were recorded with real instruments could make some impressive songs.
The lyricism is clever but can become monotonous because he uses the same technique repeatedly. Using similes is a great technique to use, but cant be relied upon for all the heavy lifting.. While Tion puts on an a good performance, some more drive in his descriptive abilities wouldn’t go amiss.
The features help to expand this project with fresh voices and views. Each puts in a good effort and works well with the main artist. Maybe some more tracks where Wayne bears the weight of the track himself could help show more of his own abilities.
Overall, this is an enjoyable project that shows Tion can make a lot of different songs. Now he just needs more people to listen to his music so he can break more into the public eye.
This is a Wayne project that shows that Wayne is starting to strike out and get that hinger back rather than just making more mediocre songs. This can only lead to great tracks from a great rapper.
The production is good with the mixture of new beats and some from other popular tracks. Each brings a new challenge for Wayne and makes for an interesting listen. All the tracks bring energy to the listen through and helps make this a good project.
The lyricism is improved from previous Wayne projects. He works more at using rap techniques instead of relying on his reputation to sell music. There is much more use of clever wordplay and this opens up the songs ot a wider audience in Hip Hop.
The features are good as well as Wayne which helps bring the level of skill on these tracks up even higher. Each helps to show a contrast to Wayne and help to bring more depth to a mixtape that needed a touch more emotion.
Overall, this is a good project with plenty of good tracks, but needs a touch more emotion to be appealing to all of Hip Hop’s audience rather than most. Wayne needs to continue in this vein with this hunger and he will rise quickly to the top of the elite in the music business, let alone Hip Hop.
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.