This album is great for people who have been following Verb T’s career but it does not do a great deal to entice new listeners. The content is personnal to Verb a lot of the time so unless you know a bit about him already, you could be at a slight loss.
The production is handled by Illinformed and he skillfully keeps up his signiture sound while giving Verb T plenty of oppertunity to showcase his skills. There is a slight haunting atmosphere in the tracks as well as a sort of dark energy. For this project it works well, but More variety could lead to a more interesting listen through.
The lyricism is good and makes some really great moments. However some of Verb T’s delivery can become stale, despite his passion backing it. If he varied his tone a bit more, his rhymes may sink harder into the listener. On the other hand, he does use some intricate wordplay as well as some other devices that show he is still effective at his craft.
The features work well with Verb T and efficiently with Illinformed beats. Each puts in good effort and compliments Verb T’s style well. A few guests outside of his comfort zone could make some more interesting tracks, however the ones here do a fantastic job.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album that shows Verb T can stand alone as with his group members, The Four Owls. This is a good step for both him and for Illinformed, to get thier names out there to the people.
This project is a good showing of a lot of different skills from Bugzy, but feels loosely thrown together and not overly cohesive. While the songs are enjoyable, there is not a lot of replay ability for the project as a whole.
The production is good and has a lot of scope to work with. Each beat is differentiated enough to be recognisable by itself and add a great atmosphere to the song. A few more tracks could help to add some different beats for more situations to rap over, but there is a good selection on here.
The lyricism is good and enjoyable, however not great. While a large portion of the songs are donated to emotional content so they have a lot of impact, the more energetic tracks needed a touch more complexity to really land home. On the other hand, the delivery is also a big factor here.
Overall, this project has some great tracks and Bugzy Malone shows some good talent. He may need to work on how he structures his next showing, however this is entertaining to listen to.
This is a confusing debut. Banks fills the project with club beats and catchy rhythms, but her actual vocals seem to spend a lot of the time in the background and not at the forefront of the song. She is talented when you can hear her, but it can be a struggle sometimes.
The production is very good if you want to hear beats designed for the club or parties, but there it becomes repetitive and a struggle to listen to the project the whole way through. Some tracks, “212” for example, stand out as the better ones to take out and put in your own playlists, for you to listen to, but on the whole they tend to blend together a lot.
The lyricism, when you can hear it, is good, but not fantastic. That’s not to say it isn’t enjoyable.Banks flows easily over the backing beat, blending into it a lot of the time, and is very much in her comfort zone on these tracks. It would be good for the project if she had diversified and showed she had more than one set style with very little flexibility.
The features are good but used up early on, leaving Azealia doing her particularly rigid rhyme style for the rest of the album. One good thing that arises from the project is that Azealia has used it to really show her singing ability. That is one of the high points of the album, however it does show the flaws in her rapping and ability to put a song together.
Overall, this is an album of songs that you need to choose your favorites from and leave the rest because as a project, its not cohesive as much as it is one really long mediocre club mix that I hope Banks learns from.