Krayzie Bone And Young Noble – Thug Brothers 3 Review

This project shows that veterans can make collaborative projects with more chemistry than a lot of new age rappers. The two featured artists here show not only their own skills, but how their friendship has stood the test of time,

The production on this is great with a few different atmospheres and a song for everyone. With the collection of different content here and variations in pace, the cohesion stays high and makes listening easy. The inclusion of a few acapella offerings shows a more diverse talent too.

The lyricism is clever with the two artists having such different styles that blend together well. Both have some clever lyricism and show how diversified their delivery can be. Krayzie Bone adds an extra edge with his singing ability while Young Noble has the additional dimension from his level of aggression.

Overall, with the only feature giving a speech rather than contributing to a song, this is a great release of throwback music. Both the artists should carry this momentum and continue to show newer rappers how to keep it authentic.

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.

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.

Jeezy – Church In These Streets

This album has a real street feel from one of the larger names in Hip Hop. Jeezy show he is still in the touch with his street origins.

The production is good with plenty of grittyness to keep the authentic feel. Jeezy has chosen beats that allow his flow to be the main focus of the track and show that he has still got the underground touch. Maybe some more pop beats could help take this more into the public eye but Jeezy knows what he works well with and only uses those types of backing.

The lyricism is not overly complex but has a lot of delivery and performance boosts that make the rhymes impact harder. There is a real level of genuity with what he is saying and the raps are not without lyrical ability. Some more complicated raps could show an improvement in ability, but Jeezy does not slouch on this album.

The features are good because they are singing to help to broaden the scope of the album. With only two guests they need to help with the level of cohesiveness, which both thankfully do. Maybe somie more rappers to push Jeezy to further greatness but he still does well on these songs.

Overall, this album is great for those who enjoy Jeezy at his most street. This is a fantastic step for Jeezy to keep his profile high.

Migos – Young Rich Nation Review

This album has a lot of energy and more lyricism than expected but falls flat on repetition. While the songs can be enjoyed, the formula is very simple on each one with little substance.

The production is great and works well to make the almost party atmosphere throughtout the project. Each song has similar backings but are diverse enough so that the tracks don’t sound the same. Some more beats that aren’t so trap based could show more of a balanced ability, however Migos have played with thier strengths and come out on top.

The lyricism is better than expected. The trap nature of this album means that the above average wordplay is even more impressive. If the chorus’ weren’t so repetitive this album would have even more impact, but Migos has stuck with what they know to make energetic songs.

The features are good and do add slightly more to this project. Each brings more voices ot the record but they do not do enough differently to Offset, Takeoff and Quavo to really stand out. More features that do not do the same sort of things as the main artists would add more to the project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that many will enjoy a few times, but it does not have any longevity as it can be so repetitive. Migos may want to loo into writing a hook that is more than one repeated line.

Young Dirty Bastard – A Dirty Tomorow Part 2 Review

This project starts off well, however as the mixtape goes on, it becomes less structured and is not as entertaining to listen to. Young Dirty Bastard needs to keep his focus throughout instead of just adding tracks for the sake of it, which is saying something at only eight songs long.

The production is good and works well with the rappers delivery. While they won’t be winning any awards, they are a good canvas to rhyme over and have a good individual feel. However near the end of the mixtape, it becomes more faded and has much less of an impact on the tracks.

The lyricism is average and the delivery in only effective in sections. Young Dirty Bastard appears to be trying to hard to be like his father which becomes apartent as the project draws to a close. For the most part the rhymes are good with entertaining references that make good songs.

Overall, this project is an accurate representation of where Young Dirty Bastard is right now. Eager to move forward but not consistent enough to come into the public eye.

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.

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.

Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too Review

This is an interesting listen as it is unconventional in almost every way, from title to beats to vocals. This may not be strictly Hip Hop but it can be entertaining if viewed through the right lens.

The production is certainly different and utilises a lot of noises and sounds that are very strange and out of place until combined together in these tracks. A lot of the songs could be jarring except that the chemistry with the vocals helps make these songs enjoyable, even if they have limited replay ability. It’s possible that some less experimental tracks could show some more vocal talent instead of strangeness, but the beats can still be enjoyed on this project.

The lyricism is strange because of the infrequent verses throughout the album. The lyrics don’t really stand out against the backing beat and the wordplay is not very complex. With some improvements on the delivery and complexity of the lyrics, this would be a better album.

Overall, this is an experimental project that is enjoyable the first time through but loses a lot of its appeal after that point. Young Fathers may need to look into how they put a song together to help them become a stronger force.