Goldlink – At What Cost Review

This release is great as it shows Goldlink in a great light and shows he can put together an entertaining, cohesive listen. A lot of great choices on here make this a standout album of 2017 so far.

The production is great with a lot of smooth, easy listening backings that blend together well without becoming one long song. The laid back nature of some of these helps to make this a project you can put on anytime and enjoy. Maybe something more in the mainstream, upbeat region could have helped bring more listeners to it early on, but there is no doubt that there is a good ear for beats involved here.

The lyricism is fantastic. Goldlink does well to keep his wordplay sharp as well as work in the high level of detail that the listener feels. There are no real issues with Goldlink’s performance on this as it is a joy to hear on this release.

The features do a great job of adding additional depth to this with some singing and some strong verses. Each guest showcases their own ability, while blending with the message or theme of the song with ease. Maybe something a bit more brash could add another edge, but the people picked for this work wonders.

Overall, this is is a great release for Goldlink and rap music, as it shows that not only trap music can be catchy and enjoyable. May this sentiment keep going and push other rappers to branch outside the drug based topics.

Ab-Soul – Do What Thou Wilt Review

This release shows more of his lyrical talent and emotions than his last release which shows him in a series of different lights. His musical skill is fantastic and this project will help secure his place as a great wordsmith.

The production is great because it keeps the project flowing without overriding the actual rhymes. Each leaves space to manoeuvre as Soul requires with his unique flow. Maybe some more energetic offerings might show a more complete picture of Ab-Soul, but these beats all go well with the messages he is putting across.

The lyricism is strong with each song benefiting from the flow and delivery, as well as the wordplay. Ab-Soul paints vivid pictures and tells good stories with his bars, and shows a lot of dexterity. Possibly some more aggressive emotion would show a more whole human being, but Soul does a great job reflecting on this side of his.

The features are great as it helps bring new characters into this story.. Each has a good effort that shows their skills as well as helping this project to stay cohesive. With some singers in the mix, this is a good guest selection to have.

Overall, this release is great as a listen through as well as an emotional roller coaster for Ab-Soul. Hopefully he can take a good spot in the charts with this release to get more recognition than he is currently getting.

Drake And Future – What A Time To Be Alive Review

This mixtape is a bizarre mix of elements from both artists. However it is not necesserily the best parts of each rapper that gets blended.

The production is good, but can become repetitive and stale. The beats are not quite diverse enough to stand out from each other on a full listen through, which means the rhymes are relied on to carry the whole project. Diversity could be the key to replay ability.

The lyricism is good from Drake but the same old Future we always get. While he does not exactly slack, Future seems to be happy where he is, which is cranking out the same sort of music he always does. Drake seems to be pushing himself more since his recent diss tracks. A bit more drive to be better than the rest of the new generation could lead to further improvements.

Overall, this project shows that Drake is trying to improve while Future knows what will sell without drive and effort. An enjoyable mixtape for a while but not a lot of longevity.