Gucci Mane – Droptopwop Review

This is another solid release form Gucci Mane, but it is carried by its beats. Gucci does his thing, but it becomes monotonous as a whole listen through.

The production is fantastic with Metro Boomin providing some great backdrops. Each song is individual while having similar elements, but that is due to the same producer doing every song. There are no issues with the backgrounds as they are all sonically great.

The lyricism is not complicated but it is effective. The wordplay is there with some clever rhymes used, but there is a lack of variation in flow that drags it down a little. Some more effort in the performance and diversity could help lift this up a level, but it is still enjoyable.

The features are great as they help break up some of the monotony. Each puts ina  good verse and while some sound similar to Gucci in style, they seem to have more energy and passion to fuel their verse. Maybe some singing would add another edge, but this is still a strong selection.

Overall, this shows that Gucci Mane does not plan to slow down or change the formula, especially when it puts up numbers like he was doing last year. If he wants to stay on this hot run, he might need to look into adding a little more flavour, but he will still make a bunch of money off of this.

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Nipsey Hussle -Slauson Boy 2 Review

This is a good mixtape for Nipsey Hussle to show his skills are still sharp and he can still make great music. With a range of top mixtapes under his belt, this one only adds to the catalogue.

The production is good with lots of diversity so there is plenty of scope for content. Each beat is entertaining and creates the perfect atmosphere for the message of the song. There are no big problems with the backing selection here, apart from personal taste of the listener of course.

The lyricism is great with Nipsey showing a lot of different techniques as well as impressive delivery. Every song has a message that is clear and made clearer by the wordplay and descriptive ability Hussle displays. Possibly a few more flow changes could have an interesting effect, but Nipsey has a great performance on this project.

The features are good as they help to break up the sound of one voice over the seventeen track project. Each puts in a good effort and helps the project to stay cohesive. Maybe some more singers could balance out the guest side of this mixtape, but all on here are effective.

Overall, this is a great project if your a fan of the west coast as Nipsey Hussle hoists it up on his shoulders and carries through to the modern age. With a few others help, the west coast could beat out the other styles of rap music and be crowned king again.

Gucci Mane – Trapology Review

This mixtape starts off strong but loses momentum as it goes on. The begining has a lot more passion in the rhymes whereas at the end, there is a lot less flare in the delivery.

The production is excellent and fits well with what Gucci Mane is trying to achieve. It is trap beats at thier finest which is exactly what Gucci is known for. A few more backings with a different twist would show more of a diversity in his ability, however Gucci Mane is keeping to what he knows while doing it better than everyone else.

The lyricism is not great by Gucci Mane but it is still enjoyable in context. While every song may have similar content, Gucci does enough to make each diverse with some variety and plenty of features. Gucci may want to try a few new things to keep his music fresh, but his core audiance will still enjoy this a lot.

The features are great on this project and really help to make it as good as it is. With some bigger names than usual and more of a variety of styles, this mixtape has a higher class of guests. There are no flaws with this selection as they are the best part of this effort.

Overall, this is an entertaining and enjoyable mixtape that is keeping Gucci Mane’s high volume of output going. It may have a problem with keeping the effort up, but is still great to listen to.

Jeezy – Gangta Party Review

The title of this mixtape describes exactly what you will find when listening to it. There is a track for almost any party scenario and Jeezy excels in this particular area.

The production is excellent and is all exactly what each track needs to stay energized and keep the atmosphere going. All the tracks have a slightly different feel while keeping the party vibe to keep the theme alive. Maybe some songs with a more emotional feel could make a more well rounded project but that is not in the spirit of this project.

The lyricism is good but is not near the best in the rap game. While the rhymes are entertaining and all lend themselves to the energetic party theme, it is not overly complex to bring in that particular audiance. However each track is enjoyable and the simplified rhymes help to get the party factor across.

The features all help with the energy factor. Most of them are up and comers who make trap music so fit in well with what Jeezy is looking to accomplish. This means that they each bring good effort to the track they are on to help make a cohesive project.

Overall, this is a good mixtape if you need something that the title describes. However it is not much good for anything else.

Young Thug – Barter 6 Review

This project is an enjoyable listen but can become stale as the content seems to stay within a small zone. There is no attempt at improving what Thug brings to the table and his crooning can sometimes get in the way of his actual raps.

The production is good if you like slower beats in comparison to what a lot of lyricists are using recently. They are also very smooth and laid back in general, with some stranger and more experimental tracks spaced out in the play through. Maybe some more tracks that could have more of a radio friendly theme would help promote Young Thug to those less involved in Hip Hop culture but the beats on this are well chosen for Thug’s style.

The lyrics are alright and Thug’s signature delivery help to increase how enjoyable they are, but they are not overly lyrical. While they are average and Thug is certainly no slouch, a more lyrical acrobatic approach could bring in a larger audiance.

The features do a great job of adding some more diversity to this album. Each of them bring in good effort and verses that seem to add competition to the tracks they are on. Young Thug may want to try some more features that are more known to the general public to increase his profile, but the features on here all try hard at the very least.

Overall, this is a enjoyable listen, although it may take some acclimatising, and Young Thug does a good job on the tracks. The main problem is his history with a particular Hip Hop Icon and his choice of title. These may not sit well with the Hip Hop community at large.

Que – The Sixth Man Review

This is a good project from Que but does still have its downsides. The street level tracks he puts out are great but that seems to be almost all he grinds out.

The production is great for the formula that Que has to make songs, but does not give him much scope to expand on his repertoire. The beats are dark and leave a lot of space for Que to manouvre with his raps. However there is not a great deal of diversity and if Que made a commercial album, he would need to have more songs to cater to a wider audiance.

The lyricism is not complex and comes across as average, but his higher than averag delivery help make them more entertaining. His wordplay is fairly basic with a few tries at making a few bars of a higher level. If he wants to get higher on the Hip Hop ladder, he will need to work on improving his lyricism.

The feature does a good job bringing a level of diversity to the project but does not put in a good verse. While Young Dolph does put some effort into what he writes, it is so plain and generic that it is not enjoyable. He needs to try and move forward instead of stagnating.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen and can be good background music. However it lacks luster and needed to be morse versatile to attract more people to listen to it. Que has started off well but needs to carry that momentum forward.

Young Money Yawn – Street Gospel 2 Review

This is exactly how it is expected to be. A variety of songs about generic content that somehow comes across as having a new approach and even some humour involved. This is an interesting listen where Young Money Yawn only falls to generic music in patches.

The production is good on this project and has quite a raw feeling, but this can make the mixtape feel unfinished and not quite wrapped up. While the beats do reflect the message of each song, that only works up to a certain point and with these tracks it detracts from the atmosphere. While this project is supposed to sound rugged, the production is headed in the right direction but hasn’t reached its destination.

The lyricism is good and helps show that Young Money Yawn could have a future in rap music. While it is not overly complicated, it is accessible to most, if not all, listeners. This helps everyone enjoy the music and help listeners remember that Young Money Yawn can write great verses.

The features all add something to the tracks they are on and help show the connections that Young Money Yawn has in the music industry. From established artists to up and comers, all help show how Young Money Yawn is moving forward and reaching out to others for assistance.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen that shows that Young Money Yawn is moving forward in his Hip Hop career. However he may need to be a bit more careful with his selection of beats if he wants to make anything radio ready.