This release takes Tinie Tempah back to sounding like his hugely successful debut album. The sound on this may lean towards more pop sounds, but the content helps to keep one foot in his roots.
The production is great with a lot of smooth sounds making this feel very cohesive as a full listen through. There are a lot of beats that seem simple, but are very effective as they don’t overshadow the artists at any point and help them have a little more impact. Something a bit grittier could have helped bring in more of his underground followers, but that might be a little lost for a big gain.
The lyricism is great, with Tempah showing the skills that brought him to the forefront of UK rap in the first place. He has a lot of great rhymes that punctuate his descriptive terms well and that push his story telling to the next level. However he does have moments of simply repeating the same phrase which can let a song down in places.
The features all do a great job of showing the connections Tempah has in the music world. Each contributes with a solid verse or chorus that works beautifully with the project overall, The guest selection here is so diverse that there is nothing that could be done to improve it really.
Overall, this is a release to remind the world that Tinie Tempah can still make big hits. He does that while showing he also has a softer side and staying entertaining, which is no easy feat.
This is an enjoyable album to listen to, even if you can’t enjoy all the complexities. Lupe does well to have a range of songs that could appeal to a diverse audience which is always a good idea.
The production is good, if at some times confusing. The combination of sounds and the format of the tracks sometimes sounds misplaced but that may be the the point to fit the the message on those tracks. The rest is smooth and great backing for Lupe to do his work over.
The lyricism is great and Lupe does good work keeping it going on every track right the way through the entire project. Almost everything Lupe spits on this album is cleverly containing some form of rap genius and it helps solidify Lupe as a premium lyricist in the rap game.
The features are also good on this project and give extra levels of depth to the album. The singing from some and aggressive verses from others help to bring more authenticity as well as help add extra levels of enjoyment.
Overall, this is a great effort from Lupe Fiasco and a good start to the year as well. This album may seem confusing but it is still an enjoyable listen and a lyrical masterpiece. With Lupe looking to sink into the shadows from whence he came, this great a project may not be the way to go for him to achieve that goal.