MASTER P – INTELLIGENT HOODLUM

Another decent release for the No Limit General with this project. It’s a quick listen at only about 30 or so minutes and 9 tracks. Master P does a good job of mixing a few elements on this EP. He gives you that hard-hitting No Limit sound, a radio-friendly, single sound, an old school rap flow, and a new school rap flow all wrapped up in one project. I think No Limit is definitely doing a good job of staying current but also keeping true to their original fanbase. The lyrics on this project are what you would expect – nothing too flashy or complex. The beats are decent. It’s good enough to get some airplay. All in all I think they did a good job with this project.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#masterp #masterpmiller #nolimitboys #intelligenthoodlum #nolimit #nolimitforever #icecreamman #tru #boutitboutit #makeemsayuhhh

 

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AR-AB – PROTOCOL VOL. 3

AR-Ab is back with another installment of this series. At first I thought, “Oh no, not another one.” This one was actually a little bit better than it’s predecessors. While still not great at any length, it does show signs of improvement. Lyrically I think AR-Ab stepped it up a bit. He definitely shows the real and gritty side of a Philly gangster. He shows you just how desperate it can be. There are some tracks where it seems like he is trying to sound like all of these other new age rappers though and that is a huge problem. Be yourself and don’t sell out for the masses or to get sales/downloads/streams. The beats on here are okay at best. There is nothing that is really going to make you wonder how they produced such a good track. There is nothing that is going to stick with you after you are done listening. But to be fair, this project is better than previous projects and shows great signs of potential.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#AR_AB #protocol #protocol3 #protocolvol3 #Assaultrifleab #obhgg #obh #philly

AR-AB Protocol 3

ONYX & DOPE D.O.D. – SHOTGUNZ IN HELL

This was a weird collaboration. A newer horror-core rap group linking up with Onyx to make a trap/EDM type album just sounds weird all around. As far as rhymes go, I think that both crews try a little to hard to be shocking and it just doesn’t translate too well. I’d give them both an E for effort but not much more than that. The beats are weird but strong. They are definitely aggressive and have a hint of that whole EDM world to them. I wouldn’t say they are awful but they’re not exactly great either. I think they were trying something new on this release and while I do applaud that effort, I just think it didn’t really land too well on the eardrums. Let’s just get another Onyx album instead and lose the weirdness and shock value.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#onyx #onyx_hq #fredrostarr #stickyfingaz #dopedod #shotgunzinhell

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KOOL G RAP – RETURN OF THE DON

If you don’t know who Kool G Rap is, I don’t want to know you. Kool G Rap is easily in top 5 greatest MCs ever conversation. His bars are phenomenal and brutal. When I saw he was coming out with a new album, I was ecstatic to say the least. Now upon hearing it, I was a bit let down. It wasn’t the classic that I was hoping for. It’s definitely not his best work. The rhymes are obviously top notch. I think the beats and song concepts could have used some work. If he would have some better production, I think he could easily hit one out of the park. Sadly, it just didn’t happen with this one. While it’s a decent effort, I think this one will mainly come and go which is sad to see because of how great KGR is.

 

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#koolgrap #threalkoolgrap #kgr #returnofthedon #rotd
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HUS KINGPIN & BIG GHOST LTD – COCAINE BEACH

This was a surprising album that I gave a chance on. I wasn’t familiar with either of these artists but I’m glad I took a chance on them. This was a solid album the whole way through. The mood they were going for was the 1980s, Miami Beach, Scarface, drug running type scene. The rhymes are good on here. There is nothing earth-shattering from anyone, including featured artists, but at the same time, there’s nothing negative to say at all. Everyone does a good job lyrically. The beats are pretty slamming. I wasn’t really mad at any songs on here. Another good thing about this project is that all the songs seem to fit together nicely. They definitely all sound like they should be part of this project. All in all, this was a solid release and deserves your attention.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#huskingpin #bigghostltd #cocainebeach

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VADO – SINATRA 2

This album was a bit of a letdown. It’s been a minute since Vado has hit us with a mixtape and I was certainly hyped to see that he was going to drop another one. Upon listening to it, I was disappointed because it sounds like he is just trying to sound like all these new rappers out there. Dude is from Harlem and can definitely spit. He definitely comes with the rhymes every time but this time, it just didn’t work as well. The rhymes were okay. The beats left a lot to be desired. I was waiting for that head-nodding beat that Vado would just murder but, sadly, it never happened on this tape. I really hope that Vado can come back a little stronger next time. Stop trying to sound like these new cats and do what you do best.

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#vado #vado_mh #sinatra2 #sinatra #banksinatra #automatik

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DAVID BANNER – THE GOD BOX

David Banner hit us with another album in which he was hyping up a lot. Personally I don’t think the album lived up to the hype. I saw an interview where he said that this album would change people’s lives when they heard it. I know artists are supposed to feel like that but this one just didn’t do that for me. I’d say the better part of this project is going to be the production. The beats are pretty slamming. They hit you harder than most stuff out there today. The rhymes are okay. There is a lot of attention paid to the social injustices that are occurring today which can get a bit repetitive. If I heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times. All in all, this was just a decent release – nothing to jump up and down about.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#davidbanner #godbox #thegodbox

David Banner - The God Box