This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.
The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.
The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.
Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.
This is a good advertising mixtape for all the featured artists to help get thier names up, but there is nothing in this that shows that they should be in the mainstream’s eye. While the trio can make perfectly reasonable generic music, it doesn’t do anything to make it personal ot them and make it thier own.
The production is good for what the main artists want to rap about, but there is nothing to make it stand out from the rest of the beats that are out in the world and only helps the tracks seem more average rather than excellent. Some more attempts at something out of thier comfort zone may create some more interesting results.
The lyricism is not above average and may even be considered below average. While they each have some good delivery and performance giving ability, there is nothing very complex about what it is that they are rapping about. With some more creativity thrown in, this may have been a much more well recieved track list.
It is a good choice to have no features are not to force songs where all three of them are putting in verses. THis way, the songs at least become cohesive instead of jarring and out of place. This is one of the best things about this mixtape.
Overall, this is an average mixtape but is a good way to get the main artists more recognition. If they want to get higher on the rap ladder, they need to try making songs that are more universal and apply to the more average man, rather than just to people who have experianced exactly the same as them.
This project started off quite promising with a lot of potential but you may find yourself just waiting for the tracks to stop. While it starts with some good enthusiasm and catchy beats, it quickly descends into mindless generic trap music that fails to entertain.
The beats are alright to begin with but become very repetitive and simply become noise after a few tracks. The production is trap music and is by nature repetitive, but there are very few attempts to diversify each song and makes a boring listening experience for a full listen through.
The lyricism is poor and Yakki relies heavily on his shouty delivery to force the lyrics to be entertaining. The is a lot of shouting and some background yelling in an attempt to make any lyrics at all entertaining which works at first but not for the entire play through.
The features are alright and help show extra dimensions to the music but it is not enough to make them fun to listen to. While they try hard to put in good and enjoyable efforts, the overall song is still not up to standard and makes the features feel wasted.
Overall, this is not a good overall effort for Yakki and he has a lot of work to do to make a good overall project. While the first one or two tracks come across as good, the rest are simply listening time that can’t be enjoyed.