Fabolous And Jadakiss – Friday On Elm Street Review

This release shows that both artists and lyrically talented, but the theme of the album is never truly explored. Both artists have come a long way from their roots, but show they have never forgotten where they came from and how they have grown.

The production is great with the help of some of the friends they have picked up on the way. Every beat works very well to create the atmosphere needed to enhance the message of the songs. With the variation of messages possibly throwing off the cohesiveness of this project overall, the backings really help with the songs individually.

The lyricism is obviously incredible. Both Fabolous and Jadakiss are known for their wordplay and flow, and they both exploit those facts to cement their work here. However the title of this album does not carry throughout the project and detracts from what listeners think the album is about.

The features help throw something different in the mix but it does not always feel natural. While some are amazing and really click together, a few sound like they don’t really have the same level of chemistry. On the other hand, on a full listen through, the album plays great with the fresh voices.

Overall, this is a great release, even if it is not exactly what it is described to be. Fabolous and Jadakiss might not be so well known to the newer generation, but their skills are sharp as ever.

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Meek Mill – Wins And Losses Review

This release is another showing of force from Meek Mill, with a renewed vigour for success. After a turbulent time, he has shown how he can pull it together to make good music.

The production is energetic and helps keep the pace as the project plays. Each song with similar atmospheres all have a lot of the same elements, but are varied enough that they don’t get confused for each other. Maybe something with more of an easy listening feel would help include another audience, but would not fit with Meek Mill’s delivery.

The lyricism is strong with plenty of wordplay and clever punchlines. With some poignant messages in the mix here, the impact is huge with the delivery and performance aspects boosting them. a softer delivery might show that Meek is expanding his repertoire, but having already added a lot to his arsenal here, it is not a big miss.

The features are great and help with the cohesiveness of this album. Each makes a great effort and shows their own skills, which always fit with the song they are on. A guest from further afield than the rap game would help make some more interesting moments, but this is a small price for the results displayed on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album with some great moments and little filler. Meek Mill can hopefully take this and have a more stable year to come.

DJ Khaled – Grateful Review

This release is full of big names and big tracks that make this a very entertaining listen. With DJ Khaled acting more like a  on this album, only the best tracks make the cut, and this album proves it.

The production is varied but always interesting. Every beat is energetic and works very well with the artists chosen to work on it. There may be something for everyone, but most will appeal to any listener as they are all polished and work as a full listen through as well as individual songs.

The Features on here make this project such a success. All show great skill and have great chemistry with the other artists on the songs as well as DJ Khaled. It is possible that some guests further from his comfort zone may have made some more interesting moments, but DJ Khaled has chosen most of the biggest names in Hip Hop to be a part of this release, and they don’t disappoint.

Overall, this is great for those who want to stick on an album and not use the skip button at all, leaving it to play through. DJ Khaled continues to have enormous success with his albums, but it should be noted that it is mostly down to other artists work. Not to take from Khaled’s ability to bring artists together, but most of the entertainment value is down to the features and not him shouting out during the project.

Yo Gotti & Mike WiLL Made-It – Gotti Made-It Review

This surprise release does the job of showing that both featured artists can still make music, but without much in the way of development. They both continue to do what they have done countless times before and are lucky it makes it to mediocre.

The production is solid from Mike WiLL Made-It as the beats continue to be entertaining and atmospheric. Each is individual, but have a lot of the same markers in them that can make them seem repetitive. Something with a little more punch and impact may help to lift this out of mediocrity and into the stardom that Mike is better known for.

The lyricism is more of the same from Yo Gotti as he continues to write about trapping and being a gangster. This shows little personal growth and the delivery sounds tired as he goes through the motions. There may be a core audience for this, but it is hard ot believe that this will have much commercial success based on what Gotti does here.

The project is short overall, clocking in at twenty nine minutes, so the choice to have one feature is smart. The one guest does a good job, but not outstanding. However they do elevate the project a little, and some other voices may have broken up the monotony nicely.

Overall, this is not a great release for either artist, but it has a certain energy to it that some might be looking for. Hopefully they can build upwards from this and make smarter music.

Jeezy – Trap Or Die 3 Review

This is another example of Jeezy showing how to make trap music with more of a refined polished sound that will land with a wider audiance. While there is a lot of trap influenced music right now, Jeezy shows how he helped ot kick off the movement.

The production is good as it is energetic and gritty when it needs to be while becoming softer for the more emotional stuff. While there is a lot going on in each beat, it never eclipses the artists which is a major issue in rap these days. It could be argued that a few different influences would help make a more balanced project, but this is supposed to be a total trap release, so this is not a reasonable criticism.

The lyricism is not overly complicated but still hits hard with the listener. Jeezy has a powerful delivery that accentuates his rhymes so that they are still entertaining without a huge amount of intricacy. Some more complex attempts with the raps could have improved this project, but Jeezy knows what his fans want and he fills that criteria perfectly.

The features do great jobs and help build on the work Jeezy does on the tracks. Each has great chemistry with Jeezy which helps make the tracks flow easier. A few more singers could help give another dimension to the project but would not necessarily fit with the style of beat and music.

Overall, this is a good trap offering but may not be a mainstream success. However, Jeezy has crafted a project that his fans can still enjoy and shows he is still a force to be reckoned with.

Master P – The G Mixtape Review

This project shows that Master P still knows how to put together a great project, even if limited on content. The guests really do well to help bolster this as Master P is starting to sound a little dated.

The production is great with plenty of energy and excitement throughout. Each backing fits the message of the song well and is engaging in its own right. Maybe some song with a little less happening in the background could allow more manoeuvrability for the artists on it, but it all still works well on this mixtape.

The lyricism good but can become stale as the content can come across as limited. Master P does have a few tricks up his sleeves but his brand of shout rap can be repetitive and mostly rapping about money he has made can make some songs somewhat dull. Some more branching out of content would go a long way.

The features all do a really good job of shoring up the tracks they are on with good efforts. While some guests are there to show they are still great and others to make a name for themselves, they all do a good job of helping make this project great. Some more singers could bring a new flavour to this project, but the selection here is comprised only of talented rappers.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape but the length of it can make a full listen through hard, as well as the topics being repetitive. Master P will always be a legend in the game, so lets hope his upcoming projects are a bit more balanced.

DJ Khaled – Major Key Review

This album had high hopes, but falls flat a lot more than it soars. Some tracks come across as cohesive genius whereas others seem more like formulaic noise to try and bring in more listeners who are not Hip Hop educated.

The production is good in places and great in others. There is a lot of energy running through the project but in a lot of places the elements in the tracks become more merged together into background noise rather than being effectively tools. Maybe some more beats with less happening in them would open up more space for the artists.

The features all do their job and most do it well to help flesh out this project. The verses tend to be effective but the hooks come across as repetitive in a lot of cases which really lets the album down. Some more imagination in that particular aspect would go a long way.

Overall, Khaled has made his playlist of high value artists and put together a collection of music that will appeal to most. However only a few tracks will remain with the listener.