G-Unit – The Lost Flash Drive Review

This is a great representation of how not every track needs every member of the group. With 50 Cent missing for every track but one that doesn’t have the other members on it, the rest of the group do great to show they can step out form behind that shadow.

The production is good with plenty of variation in pace and boldness. There are plenty of beats that provide a great atmosphere without becoming the centre of attention, leaving lots of scope for the artists. Maybe some backings aimed further from underground street music would open up more avenues for the members, but the production selection here is all effective.

The lyricism is good from everyone and shows how cohesive the members can be. Each puts in good verses and energy that really improves this project with its level of entertainment. Some less street themed songs and some more mainstream music may help to raise the profile of the members, but they all do a great job.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen to remind people that G-Unit is more than just 50’s backup. Each shows they have the skills to be great artists and can work well without the head honcho.

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G-Unit – The Kanan Tape Review

While this is almost a deluxe release of 50 Cent’s previous mixtape, the choice to include work from Young Buck and Lloyd Banks does add another dimension to the project. An odd choice but not necessarily a bad one.

The production is good with plenty of the gritty sounds that made 50 a success in the first place. The additional tracks all have the signature patterns that built up Young Buck and Lloyd Banks in the first place. All together this helps to make a cohesive project that could have done with a touch more refinement.

The lyricism is good with 50 returning to his grittier roots while keeping the angle of having too much money. The other main artists step up their delivery and complexity to show what they are capable of off the back of this tape. Some more changes in flow could create some more interesting moments, but what they rhyme on this is still great to listen to.

The features all help to make this more cohesive as a project by adding more voices to the view points. Each has a good verse that actually helps to show how G-Unit can work with newer talent as well as each other. Some more singers could help give more variety on this project but 50 takes the brunt of this talent himself with his ability on the hooks.

Overall, this project is definitely made up of three acts. there is 50 cents original Kanan Tape, followed by Young Bucks showing, finished with Lloyd Banks lyrical ability. The next G-Unit project will have all the members on it and they will all show ability like this.

Jadakiss – Top 5 Dead Or Alive Review

This album is full of great songs that prove that Jadakiss is where he says he is in the rap hierarchy. his ability to be this lyrical while going over these hard beats makes for a lot of really great moments for Hip Hop that should make a lot of the new generation stand up and pay attention.

The production is great as it sees Jadakiss using his underground feel to make headway into the mainstream which is not easy to do. The backings all give scope for content as well as having a wide range to offer to the messages of the tracks. Maybe a few more softer tracks could show that he can make more of a balanced project but Jadakiss has selected his backings very well for what he wants to show.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic with Jadakiss using every technique under the sun to keep his rhymes fresh. The way he puts his lyrics together leads to some really intricate and hard hitting moments that the listener will remember for a while. There are no issues with how Jadakiss puts his opinions and views across on this project.

The features do a really good job of showing that Jadakiss has serious connections in Hip Hop that are talented and can compete with him on the songs. Each one puts in a lot of effort and helps to make the project cohesive while showing that competition is not dead in the rap game. Maybe a few more singing guests could bring in a slight more mainstream feel and bring this to a slightly wider audiance, but Jadakiss has selected poeple he can work well with and it shows.,

Overall, this album is great to listen to street, lyrical or entertainment perspective. Jadakiss shows that the title of this album is accurate and that he has earned his spot there.

Obie Trice – The Hangover Review

This album has some enjoyable moments, but the whole project does not come across as cohesive. Obie makes some fun tracks and some harder emotional songs, but they seem thrown together and unstructured.

The production is smooth with not many mis-steps which brings a lot of room to manouvre when it comes to content. There is a good range of beats, but with a lot of trap based underlying most of it. A few more experimental backings could show that Obie Trice is willing to try new things, however he knows what he sounds good over and has chosen to stick with it.

The lyricism is good and does add to the listening experiance. Obie does well with his descriptive abilities to really improve his imagery. Some more attempts at some more complicated and complex wordplay could help Obie to entice a wider audiance, however Obie Trice does deliver the rhymes so that they have a big impact on the listener.

The features do a good job of fleshing out this project with other opinions and views. Each brings in good effort to raise thier own profile as well as competing with Obie Trice for the best on the track. Some more singing guests as well as some from other genres could make some more interesting moments, however the selection here does add entertainment value.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that has some replay value but it does not have enough star power to break into a real milestone for the rap game. Obie has made a good project, but not a great one.

Young Buck – 10 Bullets Review

This is more of the same Buck listeners have been getting recently, with his reunion with G-Unit creating more cohesive works. While this does make more interesting tracks recently, Buck appears to be stagnating and needs to push on to fresher grounds to keep more of the public eye on him.

The production is good but comes across as knock offs of other production. There is a lot of producers out there with signature sounds and the beats on this simply come across as someone trying to impersonate others style. Buck may need to find some beats that are out of his comfort zone to make some more interesting tracks.

The lyricism is alright but Buck uses his delivery and unique vocal tone to make his performance even better. While his actual wordplay is average to good, the way he channels his passion and aggression into his bars boosts how they come across to the listener. Some more complex and frequent rap techniques would be the only way to improve the lyricism.

Overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining listen and, while it may not have a lot of replay ability, has some great tracks on there. Buck is on a tear recently and should continue this work ethic to become an even greater force in Hip Hop.

G-Unit – The Beast is G-Unit Review

This is an enjoyable effort and should be seen as the other half of thier album when put together with thier previous EP “The Beauty of Independance”. It is still a cohesive listen but is of a more street level, much like thier debut album.

The production is great and comes across as very polished while being energetic and somewhat menacing in places. The sounds used combined with the nature of the songs help to make a set of songs that show each of the members showcasing thier rap style and how well they can rap over production of this quality.

The lyricism is great by some members but not so by others. However they all have powerful delivery and this helps make up for any lyrical shortcomings that may be found on this EP. It is possible that some more lyrical devices would improve this project but not by much as it is only six songs that all combine together well without too much lyrical input.

There aren’t any features which is good because there are five members of G-Unit and only six track on this EP. Any guests would have taken away valuable time from one of the members which would have made this project much less cohesive to listen to.

Overall, this is a good effort from G-Unit, but these batches of six songs need to be part of a longer project forthe world  ton see that the group can consistently churn out good music and can structure it into a full length release. It also couldn’t hurt to try a feature or two to see if the members can work with others outside the group.

Young Buck – Before The Beast Review

This is a good project for Buck to get back into the driving seat of his own projects and he does a good job bringing his energy and aggression to another project.

The production is good and compliments Buck’s style very well. The atmosphere on each track is a dark and gritty street level with some high life thrown in. Each song has enough differences in it to keep things interesting and on a short project like this, that is very important.

The lyricism is alright but the main focus is content and how catchy each track is. While some of it is clever wordplay and schemes, most of the entertainment value is around hooks that get stuck in your head and the street level content. If Buck included more lyrical devices in his raps, he may be able to entice a wider audience.

The features put in good efforts and help to create a cohesive listening experience. All of them put in good efforts and are enjoyable to listen to while bringing new perspectives to their tracks.

Overall, this is an entertaining listen but can lack substance. If he can put some more universal content instead of gritty street raps, he could start rising back into the ranks of popular rappers.