DJ JAZZY JEFF – M3

The Philly legend is back with part 3 of his Magnificent series and to be honest, I was not feeling this one very much. He obviously handles the production piece and lets a small group of MCs handle the lyrics. It just didn’t turn out too well at the end of the day. The lyrics are very very basic. You’re not really going to get much depth out of this one at all. The beats have more of a laid back, jazzy kind of feel which didn’t work for me at all. I couldn’t really even find a highlight to this project. I don’t want to say it is trash because Jazzy Jeff is a Philly veteran and legend, but this is one that Uncle Phil would probably be tossing him out of the house for.

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#djjazzyjeff #jazzyjeff #djjazzyjeff215 #m3 #m3finallyfree #philly #philadelphia

DJ Jazzy Jeff - M3

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STYLES P – G-HOST

The hardest out, Styles P comes back with a new album and this new album is exactly what we would expect from the Ghost. I think he definitely put in some solid work and came up with some good, quality work here. Lyrically, you get the hard and gritty bars that you have come to appreciate from him. He gives it to you directly with no filler, like a lot of other MCs do. That is what has always been his strong point. The beats are slightly above average on here. You definitely don’t get any of that trap music garbage. Just some dope East coast beats that even sometimes try to explore new sounds on the sampling tip. The highlights for me included “For This Occasion” and “Curb The Lames.” The beats on these two songs were the best and give you a clear indication of how Styles is punching right through all you whack rappers. This is a must have for LOX fans and a definite score for rap music in general.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#stylesp #styles #therealstylesp #ghost #thelox #lox #g-host #yonkers

Styles P - G-Host

ROYCE DA 5’9″ – BOOK OF RYAN

The Detroit legend is back with one of his best albums to date. This is by far his most personal albums ever. The amount of work he put into this project definitely shows through as you listen from front to back. Lyrically, there is no question that Royce is on point. He is able to give you perplexingly complex rhymes, but also give you a piece of himself as he unravels some layers and shows you where he came from. There are so many instances on this album where Royce perfectly explains some great stories from his childhood. The beats on here are pretty decent as well. While you won’t really find any neck-snappers on here, it really isn’t the place for them. It’s basically an introspective background for him to shed his soul. The highlights on this album include “Boblo Boat” featuring J. Cole, “Cocaine,” and the absolutely fantastic centerpiece “Caterpillar” featuring Eminem. This song is basically perfect while Royce and Eminem trade fantastic lyrics back and forth. This is a must listen for any hip hop fan out there.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#royceda59 #royce59 #royce #nickelnine #bookofryan #bor #raponsteroids #rap_on_steroids #badmeetsevil #shadyrecords #slaughterhouse #prhyme #detroit #badhalfentertainment

Royce Da 5'9'' - Book Of Ryan

HEAVEN RAZAH (HELL RAZAH) – EQUILIBRIUM

This was an okay album from a longtime Wu-Tang affiliate. I wanna say that this album is decent but the sad reality is that most people won’t pay this one any mind. It’s not a classic album by far, but at the same time, it shouldn’t just be cast aside. I think despite all the adversity in his life, being so close to death, and coming back from that, Hell Razah is an amazing and inspiring person. He was still able to keep his knack for rapping despite all the hardships. On this album, he spits some decent bars. There really isn’t anything that is mind-bending on here, but it’s not bad. The beats are okay as well. Again, there really isn’t anything super memorable but I wasn’t really mad at anything either. The highlight for me was probably the song “Shield Of David” featuring Killah Priest. Both MCs do a good job on the mic and the beat is pretty slamming. I’d say this might be his solid step he needed to place in order to get to the next level. If you are a Wu-Tang fan, you may just want to give this one a listen.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#heavenrazah #hellrazah #realhellrazah #razah_rubiez #ggopresident #ggo #hellrazahmusicinc #heavenrazahmusicin #risen #sunzofman #ghettogovt #equilibrium

Heaven Razah

PAUL WALL & BABY BASH – THE LEGALIZERS VOL. 2: INDOOR GROW

I definitely wasn’t impressed with this release. Capitalizing off the 4/20 hype, these 2 MC’s paired to drop an album in honor of the devil’s lettuce. Paul Wall is a dope MC from Houston, TX that is phenomenal at dropping bars about lean, candy paint, and grills – all things Houston. He always paints the picture wonderfully. But for him to drop an entire album about weed, I thought it was a bit limiting. Why he teamed up with Baby Bash, I will never know the reason. Baby Bash is the lyrical equivalent to what you would find in an infant’s diaper. Sure, the guy has radio hits but as far as the culture goes, he is whackness personified. He is trash on the mic, period. The beats on this album were pretty boring and even sounded Casio keyboard-ish at times. I think Paul Wall made a bad move at teaming up with such a trash MC, even though Paul Wall shines at some points on this record. Overall, I wouldn’t waste my time with this mess.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#paulwall #paulwallbaby #babybash #thelegalizers #thelegalizersvol2 #thelegalizers2 #indoorgrow #houston

 

Paul Wall & Baby Bash

BLU & NOTTZ – GODS IN THE SPIRIT, TITANS IN THE FLESH

This was a super dope release from Blu and producer Nottz. Although they combined 2 previously released EPs into one full length album, it still comes off as a cohesive project. If you are a hip-hop head, you have definitely heard these names before and equate them with dopeness. Together, they cooked up something pretty special and they did it twice. Lyrically Blu is 100% on point. The West Coast MC is able to flow very poignantly and profoundly over top of Nottz’s East coast beats. There are also plenty of good features on here to backup Blu on the mic. Nottz does a great job production wise. You get some classic sounding East Coast boom-bap for your ear drums. If your neck isn’t hurting from bopping your head after this one, you might as well be Helen Keller. I 100% recommend this release to anyone that wants to hear some dope rap music.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#blu #herfavcolor #nottz #nottzraw #godsinthespirittitansintheflesh #gitstitf

Blu & Nottz

DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN & AMP LIVE – GATE 13

This project from Del and alternative hip-hop producer Amp Live was just the right bit of weird. Del delivers his signature Cali flow with some dope lyrics that we have known from him forever. There’s no question that he is an expert with the flow. This is evidenced yet again on this trippy project. Amp Live was a producer I was previously unaware of. He crafts some really far out sounding beats with just the right amount of oddness, but still manages to keep them dope. It’s almost like other-worldly meets EDM meets hip hop drums. It might not be the pinnacle of what I’m looking for, but I wouldn’t really be able to bad mouth the quality here. If you are looking for something different and dope, this is what you’ve been looking for.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#delthefunkyhomosapien #del #delhiero #amplive #gate13

Del - Gate 13