This project is an intriguing listen as the two artists are both highly creative and have clear styles that blend well on this. However while this is a revitalizing project for Kid Cudi, Kanye West does not seem at his best.
The production is truly amazing, with each beat capturing the atmosphere of the tracks superbly. With each instrument being masterfully used to create the feeling needed deep inside the listener, there is no doubt that the beatsmiths put their best work into these offerings. It is a shame that they feel squandered with the vocals that are layed over the top.
The lyricism is strange, with a lot of clever wordplay used, but also some basic shouting and some just noise making. While both the main artists have some top verses given, for a short project they don’t fill out the songs and are happy to let the instrumentals run their course. Now while the beats are fantastic, it should also be important for the vocals to stand up and take some control as well as not be tampered with, which unfortunately they are.
The features are a mix of phenomenal and confusing. Some put in great work and create moments of greatness, while others seem to be barely contributing and leave a lot to be desired. Maybe some guests with a bit more punch could create some more memorable moments.
Overall, this project seems hit and miss, with more hits from half of the duo then the other. Let it be said that it can not be a great project when the best part of the whole thing is how Kid Cudi hums.
This album is a bizarre mix of excentricity as Kanye tackles his own difficulties throughout last year. However there doesn’t appear to be any regret over things he said while lacking passion to fill out his own tracks.
The production is interesting, with a lot of creativity being shown through the use of unusual sounds and patterns. This level of variation helps keep the songs sounding fresh, but stops them feeling fluid as the album plays through. A but more cohesion would go a long way to helping this project as a whole.
The lyricism is, if you take how it was technically put together, great. There is some clever wordplay as well as his signature shout at the end of his bars. However the content leaves something to be desired where, when he tackles some of his more turbulent moments in the year, he doesn’t seem to apologize for anything he said that might have been upsetting or wrong, morally or otherwise. This detracts from what Kanye is saying and may put off some listeners all together.
The features all do a fantastic job of showing their own skills and how they work together with Kanye. Everyone contributes, even if it is just a tiny amount in the background, but it all helps make the songs as good as they are individually. If they were all named on the tracks could be a nice touch, but their contributions are not forgotten.
Overall, this is a nice collection of songs but it does not have the impact of a great album. Some of the songs needed a bit more Kanye on them ot be included on this Kanye album.
This album is incredible as both MC Eiht and DJ Premier do exactly what they got famous for. Great cuts and killer bars make a wonderful west coast experiance.
The production is truly amazing with DJ Premier bring his substantial talents to the west coast flavour. His impressive use of scratching and samples makes a beautiful canvas for the artists to work over. There are no issues here as the expertise is clear here and makes for a great listen through.
The lyricism is great as MC Eiht weaves a great tapestry of description. His bars do a really great job of expressing his feelings and the development of the west coast sound. Maybe something a little more explosive with his delivery could have brought a little more to the table, but his wordplay goes a very long way.
The features are all great and lend a lot to the nostalgic feel. Each puts in a fantastic verse and helps to stop one voice from becoming boring. There are no issues with the guest selection as they fill the criteria perfectly.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable release and will be an essential for any west coast fans. MC Eiht and DJ Premier have made another quality project for both of their catalogues.
This album has some highlights in it, but misses enough steps that it isn’t cohesive all the way through. The length of the project overall means there are a lot of similarities in the tracks.
The production is good most of the way through and helps give it that classic west coast feel. There is plenty of atmosphere in the tracks, but there are a few instances where there are similar sounding songs on the same album. A shorter tracklist could have helped to make this project sound more organic and fluid.
The lyricism is classic Snoop with some good wordplay and flow, but sometimes lacking in substance. While a lot of the tracks are entertaining, there is a lot of cross over between the subject on some of the tracks. A little variation can go a long way.
The features are good as they help to break up the sound of just one voice saying similar things. While they may rap about similar subject matter, it helps to have a different feel from different guests to show Snoop still has connections.
Overall, if you condensed this down from twenty tracks to a more manageable number, this would be great. However at its current length, it can be work to listen to.