Belly – Inzombia Review

This project is a showcase of how talented Belly is. He has got the right feel and talents to bring this emotional and haunting project to the public and make it a success.

The production has an apocalyptic feel which creates the atmosphere needed for Belly to explore his self destructive emotions. The almost empty nature the beats create is exactly what the project needs to land home hard which is not easy with the deep nature of the content. Normally a suggestion of a more energetic track would help show some balance, but that would upset the whole point of this project.

The lyricism is clever and does a great job showing how Belly has grown as an artist. He uses multi-schemes to punctuate his lines and paint vivid images for the listener to experience. He doesn’t make many mistakes, but maybe some more experimenting with his flow could make some more interesting moments.

The features are good as they bring great and versatile verses to this project. Each shows their own ability while showing that what Belly has gone through is not a unique experience. Maybe some more singers would make this flow a little easier, but his selection of guests is fantastic.

Overall, this is a dark view of Belly’s deep, dark self that he puts masterfully into music. This should show audiences that Belly is a complicated man as well as a talented musician.

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Meek Mill – DC4 Review

This project is very entertaining and shows that Meek Mill still has a passion for rap despite all the beef he finds himself in. It is good to see he is better than just a target for any number of rappers.

The production is good with plenty going on in the background to support the lyrics. Each beat contains similar elements but are diverse enough that they are not too much alike. Some slower songs could help balance this mixtape out, but Mill has a strong selection to work with here.

The lyricism is good but is not fantastic. Meek Mill relies on his delivery a bit too much and his rhymes do suffer slightly because of it. While they are still clever, his lines need a bit more complexity to appeal to a wider audience.

The features are ok but many run in the same vein and have thier own weaknesses. There is a lot of autotune that doesn’t work great with the beats and Mill’s own style as well as many other shout rappers that sound similar to the main artist. Some more variation would go a long way on this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project because of the energy running through and the fun that comes from it, but it does have its pitfalls. Meek Mill shout take what is in this mixtape and refine it for a future album.

Travis Scott – Birds In The Trap Sing McNight Review

This album is hypnotic while listening to it but cracks start to appear the longer it goes on. Patterns emerge showing that the songs share a lot of elements and that it is all beats and hooks. It isn’t a great Hip Hop project, but it can be entertaining.

The production is fantastic and contains everything modern rap music is becoming. it has high energy and sounds that draw in the listener while being relatively easy to listen to. Maybe a few more changes to pace could stop the backings sounding so very similar while trying to add some different noises may also help.

The lyricism is confusing because it is very hard to tell the verses apart from the hooks, which dominate the songs. While Travis Scott can write an incredible chorus, it would be great to hear what he could do on more of a verse but they are almost non-existent in the listener’s ears. Changing this is what would be the biggest improvement for this project.

Overall, the one feature on this was a good choice to show Travis Scott’s own skill but he needed to put more of it on show to the audience for this to really excel.

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 – Everybody Looking Review

This album has the same elements as every other Gucci project, but with slightly more focus on the being famous and not the trap past. Maybe Gucci is starting to pull away from that particular crutch in his music.

The production is great as there is a record of Gucci picking beats that are similar, which on this he has avoided. Each is individual and has the atmosphere that each song needs. Maybe a few more tracks with some different influences could help Gucci to branch out to new listeners, but he has selected beats he knows he could work with and works well with.

The lyricism is not overly complex but there are still smart moments. Gucci is more about his delivery and ability to write catchy material, but does not use a lot of lyrical techniques to amplify his work. Maybe a few more lyrical turns could bring in a wider audience but Gucci Mane sticks to what he knows for the time being and does it well, apart from a few overly repetitive hooks.

The features are good as they help lend fresh voices to the project. Each puts in a good effort and help to show that Gucci is definitely still an influential figure in Hip Hop. Maybe a few more guests further from the rap game could show how his influence has grown, but he works well with the selected few on here.

Overall, this is a good project for background music but may not have the replay ability for most to really focus on the listen through. Gucci Mane is out of prison and on a roll if he can keep putting out projects like this.

DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

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.

Zuse – TRAPZUSE Review

This is a good project if you have not heard Zuse before. if you have, it can be enjoyed but may also become stale.

The production is good and allows a lot of room for Zuse to use his signiture style. The beats use a lot of deeper sounds to complement Zuse’s vocal tone and allows for him to sound comfortbale over the backings. Maybe a few attempts out of the comfort zone could make some more interesting moments but Zuse sticks by what works for him.

The lyricism is not complex is is very centred on the trap side of Hip Hop, as the title suggests. This leads to most of the appeal being in Zuse’s delivery and performance skills, which are good, but not enough to carry the project.

The features do a good job of helping keep Zuse’s tone interesting. They break up the hearing of one voice and help make the project more listenable. Some features from different genres may help make this project pop more, but Zuse has selected a strong list of guests on this.

Overall, this is a good project to hear once, but will lose a lot of flavour after hearing it once. There is no longevity in this project.