This release is a great showing for lyricists everywhere, but lacks a certain star power to help bring it back to the forefront as a skill. Your Old Droog clearly has some talent, but may want to expand his repertoire to attract more listeners.
The production is good but with a lot of unusual instrument placement. The way some of the instruments are incorporated make the beats more unique,, however do not make them more mainstream so are unlikely to make Droog a household name. A few more mainstream backings could help bring more listeners to the audience, but Droog does great on the selection here.
The lyricism is obviously incredible with Droog showcasing his abilities with amazing wordplay. Each of the verses is packed with an assortment of techniques that make the bars so entertaining for the real hip hop listener.Maybe Droog could try varying his delivery and performance, but the actual lyrics are truly amazing.
The features are good and help to flesh out this release, but they do not add a huge amount to the finish. Each does an alright job, but their main contribution is breaking up the monotony of one tone and voice. Some more variation in the guests could add another dimension to this project.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release for every listener who loves true lyricism. If you are looking for pop beats and autotune, you are definitely in the wrong place.
This release is a smooth and thought provoking journey that has a lot of replay value. J Cole is a master at making cohesive albums and this one does not disappoint.
The production is simpler then most other releases out there, with less background noise to help show off the actual artist. Each beat still has good impact with the listener and is one of the reason a full listen through is no work at all.
The lyricism is strong, with J Cole using his flow and clever wordplay to tell the stories and educate in these songs. There is vivid imagery all the way through this project and the delivery is getting the words across to the listener rather than shouted at them, as the trends in rap might suggest.
Overall, with no features to cloud Cole’s performance. This will be another great release from another visionary artist that will reverberate with audiences for a long time.
This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.
The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.
The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.
The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.
Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.
This is the best current album for lovers of lyricism and rap styles of the old days. Droog controls everything about this album from flow to tone to how much you should enjoy each track and he hits every note perfectly. This is a truly great work of retro art.
The production is clearly new but has a very throwback feel to them. They each have the feeling of not being overpowering while accenting what Droog is doing on each one. Especially on the track “The 70’s”, the production fits in beautifully as he raps about new rappers who rap like the old days so he shows his age and goes further back than them to rap better than them.
The lyricism is beautiful and is present on every track, and pretty much every bar. Droog works the words wonderfully into imagery, similies, metaphors and any other lyrical device you can think of into easy flowing and extremely enjoyable raps. His flow is reminiscent of Nas and should propel Droog toward mainstream success.
The whole project is crafted so that it flows together easily and makes listening to it very easy going while you can listen to it with more intent to pick up all the complex wordplay that Droog throws in there. It is a very good album that all Hip Hop enthusiasts can enjoy.
Overall, this album is good for all listeners of Hip Hop and will help to bring lyricism back to the forefront of mainstream Hip Hop. Your Old Droog should be very happy with this project and should be ready to hit great success very soon.