Just to start out I’ve been meaning to do this since it dropped, but I’ve been busy so
sorry for the wait. Boosie really brings his best on this 19 track album. I’m glad this album dropped when it did as gangsta rap hasn’t had much meaning recently in my eyes. On this album Boosie puts it all out there combining the new him and the street side very well. Production on this album was mainly trap beats some sounding repetitive but for the most part they were decent. At times on this album I felt Boosie’s flow and the beat didn’t connect smoothly. On the other hand I felt the content was pretty good for a street album and wasn’t basic. Features were decent I liked Rich Homie Quans, Young Thugs, and J.Coles. Only feature I had trouble with was T.I because I just didn’t like this piece of work by him thought he would have done better. For lyricism in this album there isn’t much but with Boosie it’s not really needed. Time for my first rating on any project! I give this album above average rating of 58. To break it down Boosie had an 8 rating on Sound Quality and Features, 7 ratings on Personal and Content. Then 6 ratings on Structure, Production, and Delivery with a 5 rating on art. Last the album received a 3 on Lyricism and a 2 on Classic Potential. I think these ratings are fair and I have read talk on Boosie being today’s Tupac which I can see in some ways, but not in other ways. Anyways I think this was a good project by Boosie and I would recommend it to any one who likes gangsta rap or rap in general.
When I heard the singles and read the interviews leading up to A$AP Rocky’s album I knew we were all in for a new look at the New York based rapper. The album was affected before release by the death of the A$AP Mob creator A$AP Yams who produced the album. When I got my hands on the leaked version of the album I was in for a treat. This is an experimental album with great production for Rocky. When I say great I mean it. Rocky had samples all over the album from Rod Stewart in “Everyday” to the beginning sample in “Holy Ghost”. The beats never sounded the same and had various change ups in them. To go over this great production Rocky brings a refreshed sound on his take of Women, Money, and Drugs along with an occasional statement about police brutality. Rocky also showcases various flows from his famous slowed voice to a more melodic singing type. Rocky had multiple artist feature with Joe Fox being all over the album. Artist like Juicy J, M.I.A, Future, Lil Wayne, James Fauntleroy, SchoolBoy Q, Miguel, Rod Stewart, Mark Ronson, Bones, UGK, Kanye West, Mos Def, Acyde, and A$AP Yams featured also. Kanye produced the track he featured on along with Joe Fox “Jukebox Joints” which was a smooth multilayered beat with a singing background that switched up to a classic horn filled sound during Kanye’s verse. This was an entertaining song where Rocky even drops mention of getting with female artist Iggy and Rihanna. Another song that caught my ear was “Pharsyde” with Joe Fox featuring. The beat was one with a more rich sound of drums and base. The song by Rocky is a emotional, self realization, higher thinking type that is different coming from him. This album is filled with plenty for me to write about but you can read the full review next Monday!
What I will say is this album is great overall and will definitely kick off the summer season well. Rocky makes a bigger name for himself and experiments with his sound. He makes a run for Rap King title against his peers but I’d say he falls short just a little. This isn’t knocking him but dethroning Kendrick would take enormous work all though the production level this album has is right there with TPAB. Read More on my take on A$AP Rocky’s album At. Long. Last. A$AP. Next Monday!
My first listen of Dizzy Wright’s album “The Growing Process” was a textured one. It displays huge growth in Dizzy as an artist himself. He has plenty of tracks for all crowds of his audience the stoner crowd, the conscious crowd, and the party crowd. His strength is not in lyricism to say, but in creating a understandable message like in songs “False Reality” and “Train Your Mind”. In these songs it’s all about one’s mentality to certain situations that he creates in these songs or the vibes he gives out. He seems to try and succeed at making an industry sound single “Floyd Money Mayweather” for the album which gave him buzz while a contradicting sound from his previous single “Train Your Mind”. I personally felt misguided when I heard the single being so different at first I didn’t know what direction this album would go in, but releasing this single was perfect timing for Dizzy as he had both eventually played on ESPN to help hype the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight. The album has a real attention grabbing intro “Higher Learning” which was a great start to the evolving project. “The Growing Process” had production that really matched Dizzy’s style for every song and made smooth transitions throughout the album. While the production was good Dizzy used multiple producers to achieve his whole sound and a highlight to me was the track produced by Hopsin “Explain Myself” featuring the Funk Volume crew. Not only did this song have strong features by the members, but showcased Hopsin’s producing which I feel lacked a little on his Knock Madness album then again it has been a couple years and Hopsin himself has grown as an artist. Features on this album were mainly good, but I feel the feature by Berner on “I Can Tell You Needed It” didn’t add well so it subtracted from the song and wasn’t a strong feature like others. Dizzy had his Funk Volume members feature along with artist Tech N9ne, Mod Sun, Big K.R.I.T, Chel’le, Irv Da PHENOM!, Lazyie Bone, Krazyie Bone, and Njomza on the album. While listening I felt Dizzy creating an Old-School vibe with a modern day sound wanting to relate back to the “Golden Age” in hip-hop. While this was only a first listen review I can tell already this album is a big step forward in Dizzy’s career as an artist. I don’t have a rating system set up for album reviews at the moment because making this was an in the moment idea, but I plan on having one in the future. All I know is that I would definitely support this album if you are into well crafted Hip-hop albums. P.S Please make sure to check out other post on this page! Thanks!