PRhyme – PRhyme 2 Review

This is another strong release full of smart lyrics, enjoyable beats and poignant messages. While there is still a sense of fun, there are some important points made and both artists here do a great job showing their skills while getting them across.

The production is amazing and is entertaining to everyone. There are some good samples that are then flipped and turned into incredible backings that help keep the listener interested. DJ Premier continues to deliver his signature sound in ways that keeps the audience enjoying every second.

The lyricism is, of course, steller. Royce shows he is still a strong lyricist with examples of wordplay that keep Royce in contention for one of the best lyricists. He could have played around with his flow a little more, but he is well known for this style and exploits his creativity through it with ease.

The features do a great job of adding fresh voices to the tracks and enhancing the message given by them. Each brings a lot to the table and shows great chemistry with the rapper and producer. It would be nice to see Royce’s Slaughterhouse cohorts appear here but it is always nice to see that a member of a group doesn’t need to be propped up with them to make a great album.

Overall, this is a top release to show people that both artists are still forces to be reckoned with. Both should push forward with solo projects to continue to show those who have not heard of them why they should have.

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Yelawolf – Trial By Fire Review

This album shows that Yelawolf has found the sound he has been striving for, that merges hip hop and country music. This combined with his storytelling and lyricism makes for an album that shows a much deeper side of the musical artist.

The production is amazing because it is established in the first track that there is a band actually playing the music with country elements. This combination of things helps to make each track have the perfect atmosphere for the message or story that the song requires. The range here is also incredible with deep or saddening songs as well as bright and energetic helping to stop this album becoming boring.

The lyricism is fantastic with Yelawolf using his own life experiences to flesh out the topics for the tracks. All the stories in this album are delivered exquisitely and the descriptive wordplay makes the listener feel the full force of the messages he is performing. With the variety of his flow helping to keep this cohesive, there is very little to complain about on this project.

The features help to add fresh voices and to add another dimension to the song they are on. Each one shows their own skills while building upon the story Yelawolf is telling. Maybe some bigger names, considering the label he is signed to, could have made some more interesting moments. On the other hand, the fact that Yelawolf doesn’t need many A List performers to make such a great release is a perfect reflection on how artists should see themselves which is as a competent enough performer to not seek as much help as they can get.

In conclusion, this album is the best Yelawolf album out yet as he seems to find his stride more and unveils more of himself on it. It could be difficult to find more material, but there is no doubt that Yelawolf is back on the path to greatness.

Bone Thugs (Bizzy Bone & Krayzie Bone) – New Waves Review

This release is amazing and is a great way to show how artists have been around for a while can transition into a more modern sound. This duo have done a fantastic job of taking their experiences and applying it to the recent sounds of Hip Hop.

The production is great with a lot of diverse beats to work with to show that the artists can work with a range of different styles. Each one is strong and has its own presence while not taking over the track entirely. There are no issues with this selection as it achieves the objective superbly.

The lyricism is good and the delivery really helps give it another dimension. Both Bizzy Bone and Krayzie Bone have great verses and the singing adds depth to the project as well. There are no issues except maybe to try and put a little more impact into their bars.

The features are fantastic and help add additional perspectives to this album. All of them do a great job of showing their own skills while also building on the point of the song they are on. With the diversity from the main artists, the guests are just as versatile and really help flesh out the project.

Overall, this is definitely an interesting listen to see how the artists are moving forward with the times and are not stuck in a rut, making formulaic music. Let us hope that all the members of the group can come together for more than one song and create a whole album along these lines.

Yelawolf – Hotel Review

This mixtape has a flavour of the debut album Yelawolf in it, but with the maturity and sense of having a handle on things that he displayed on his second. in short, Yelawolf has shown growth on this mixtape that should sit well with all of his fans who hear it.

The production is hard hitting, but with a country theme. Yelawolf plays off his background and picks beats that use more traditional instruments to create songs that are easy listening but also engaging. If there were a few more tracks, maybe we would see a little more variation, but this is a great starter for what is hopefully to come.

The lyricism is clever and punchy, with the flow emphasising the words. When he raps, Yelawolf hits hard and while his delivery is important, his rhymes are complex and should bring in the lyrical purist crowd. Maybe a touch more variation in pace could improve the project, but it is all effective in making enjoyable music.

Overall, This is an entertaining mixtape that will help to tide over Yelawolf fans until the next full length release. Hopefully it will be in the same vein of this.

Yelawolf – Love Story Review

Yelawolf really opens up personally on this album and it creates a great and cohesive listen through. He may have opened up a touch too much for some who would want to see a more aggressive delivery, but this project may well change their minds if they listen to it the whole way through.

The production is fantastic and fits perfectly with the message Yelawolf is sending on each track. Country music is clearly a big influence in this as a lot of sounds from that genre are used throughout the album. It could be argued that some beats with more traditional Hip Hop sounds would please more Rap listeners but the way the beats here work together is a great feat in itself.

The lyricism is good and helps lend itself towards the imagery that shapes this album. Yelawolf keeps his razor sharp lyrical tongue while crafting the rhymes for this project that weave powerful and emotion filled tapestries. Some might still want that lyrical ability used to create aggression but the way Yelawolf puts this together is fantastic.

The choice to only have one feature, and for that feature to be Eminem, is a good choice as it helps to explain the loose narrative that runs through the album. Eminem is on his track because he puts in a passionate performance to rival Yelawolf and shows that he and Yelawolf have great chemistry and have both been through struggles.

Overall, this is a fantastic yet somber album that is extremely cohesive and a great feat for Yelawolf. His combination of lyricism and emotions while being able to put it in a story telling environment is almost unmatched and this should be a celebrated effort.

Shady XV – Various Artists Review

The first disc is a well crafted showcase of how the Shady Records roster is prepared to make more hits and the second is a track back at the past records that helped build it up to the powerhouse it is today. Eminem started it up and has kept it rolling through some tough times and a total reboot, but it is in a strong place now and this set of records is a signal that the label is as strong, or stronger than it has ever been.

The production is great, but being a protégé of Dr Dre you pick up an ear for beats. There is a good range of beat type from country to heavy and everything in-between. Each one compliments the message and tone of the track and helps to show the range of songs and backings that the Shady Crew can work with.

The lyricism is clear and present on every track. It becomes even clearer than before that these are some of the top lyricists in the rap game and that they are not to be trifled with. These guys have come to play hardball and they are annihilating almost all other rappers out there. If your a fan of lyricism and wordplay, you have to get this project.

The features are good and show that the group can work well together with an outside influence. As well as working together with them, they also seem to gain a competitive edge and work harder to outdo the feature which creates a sense of the pure nature of Hip Hop as well as creating a great track for the listener.

Overall, this is a fantastic project for both listeners and the performers on it and we can only hope they continue to create tracks of this magnitude. Whether it’s Yelawolf, any member of Slaughterhouse or Eminem, the rest of the Hip Hop world should take heed of whatever they are doing because it is bound to be a success.

Rittz – Next to Nothing Review

This is a deep delve into Rittz emotions and feelings. It consists of songs about how he came into the rap game and established his name. This is all done through much struggle, as the song says. It actually comes across very well as a collection of songs, as each time it he brings up a struggle, it comes across differently or from a different view.

Rittz double time flow works well to cram in the information he wants to get across, while fitting it in around the multis. The only down side is that it can stay a bit mono-tone when it turns into a long verse and you really have ot focus to pick the words out by the end.

The production has a wide range from gothic to deep and emotional to light and airy. The production actually complements Rittz when he raps about his difficulties as in each case it switches up his approach and helps to showcase the imaginative way to approach similar track content.

Overall, This is a good project to listen to if your going through hard times as it is full of emotional energy to help you get through whatever your going through. It is definitely worthy of a full listen but then may not be appropriate or applicable for everyday listening.