RICHIE RICH – FED CASE

This was a project almost out of nowhere from a West Coast veteran. Richie Rich drops off a quick album at 10 tracks to show these young cats how to do it. Richie Rich was always good at putting emotion into his lyrics and he is able to do that on this new project. You can feel the pain and strife in the songs that he weaves together. Sonically, the album sounds okay. It does have a bit of an updated sound that would fit in today’s musical landscape, but at the same time, keeps it just enough West Coast to sound dope. While I don’t think that the beats are perfect, I think they are at least good enough to reintroduce Richie Rich to a younger audience. He does a good job at telling a story over West Coast beats and I think that this album should go over pretty well considering how long it has been since we have heard from Richie Rich.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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SEN CITY – L.U.P.U.S.

This was a pretty good release from a Diplomat associate. To be honest, I really wasn’t expecting too much but upon listening to this project, you realize that you can really vibe out with this dude. Lyrically, he may not be one of the best out there, but that is not really what this is about. This is more about creating a feeling than anything else. This sets a mood or a tone. He sets the backdrop for some of the Diplomat songs and he shows you that he is able to carry his own weight with this release. The beats are decent as well. There are some songs that are reminiscent of that classic Diplomat sound like the “Intro” or even the flipped Jay-Z track “Glory.” There is even a song over the Warren G “Regulate” sample called “Da BBQ.” There is one track that is absolutely horrible which is “Ball Like Jim Jones.” That song tries to sound like newer trap music and doesn’t really align with the Diplomat sound. Skip over that one all together. Overall this has a laid back sound that is more of a vibe than anything else. Lay back, cool out, and light an L to this project.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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TROY AVE – WHITE CHRISTMAS 5

Another mess of a project for Troy Ave. Seriously, what are you doing? Stop the madness. I’m sick of hearing about the whole “getting shot” situation and how much of a tough guy you are. Please stop. Go back to putting out quality music and trying to put Brooklyn back on the map. When you first came out, you were dope. You had banging lyrics and super slamming beats. Now, it’s like you just want to make a mockery of everything. Everything is a circus and you’re the ringleader constantly putting on a whack ass music. You’re not Tupac and don’t ever make that comparison. Please stop the singing and just get back to what we know you can do. I would skip over this project and we’re going to hope that Troy Ave comes correct in 2018.

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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LIL WAYNE – DEDICATION 6

Lil Wayne dropped off a Christmas gift for us all with the 6th installment to his Dedication series with DJ Drama. I think I have mixed reviews on this project. On one hand, it is good to hear from Weezy again, but on the other hand, I wanted to hear some more hardcore joints from him. Lyrically, I don’t think Wayne has fallen off too much. He is spitting like crazy on a lot of these tracks on here. The most evident one is probably the Family Feud freestyle with Drake and also the song “Let Em All In” with Euro and Cory Gunz. Whenever Wayne and Cory get together, it is going to be a lyrical barrage. They spit over the old Busta Rhymes track for “Gimmie Some More” and it sounds awesome. Some of the other beats that they decided to flip on this project I wasn’t really feeling. A lot of these newer tracks just don’t have the same feel like they used to. I guess Wayne has to do what he has to do to sound relevant in the game but I think we all want that Carter 5 to see what it sounds like. In the meantime while we wait, we will have to make due with mixtapes like these.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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J-HOOD – 4TH LOK

J-Hood is back with a pretty dope album. Although, I definitely don’t agree with the title, as arrogant as it sounds, this project still came out to be pretty good. I think one concept he needs to give up is the fact that he used to rhyme with the LOX. Let the past be the past and focus on what you do best and focus on the future. Lyrically, he has some skills and his voice is good to listen to. I think he definitely has that cocky sound that is needed for rappers. Just work on the bars and perfect the craft. The beats really stand out on this project. You can definitely tell the level of production was stepped on on this release. I don’t quite think the rhymes match the production level, but at the same time they are not too far off. The drums are just super hard throughout most tracks on here and you can tell the difference. All in all, I think this was a strong release for the MC. He is staying consistent and that is key in today’s game.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#j-hood #jhood #jaehood #tharealjhood #4thlok #yonkers

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WILLIE THE KID & V DON – BLUE NOTES

This was a quick EP from Willie The Kid that started out okay but then dropped off in quality later in the project. There are only 7 tracks on this project, but you can see a glimpse of some talent and dedication in there. Lyrically, I think he is definitely trying to go in a dope direction. It’s just that I don’t know if he quite gets there. He definitely tries hard though. The first 4 or 5 songs are pretty good. Nothing stellar, but it’s a decent listen. The beats are acceptable as well. While there is nothing Earth-shattering on here, there’s nothing really bad on here either. The beats have more of a cold feeling to them which ties in well with the theme of the album. All in all, I would say this was a decent project. Check it out for a quick listen.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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HARRY FRAUD – THE COAST

This album was all but complete garbage. A hot steaming dump taken right on the rap game. Harry Fraud is not a bad producer but with this project, there was simply no delivery. There are a lot of artists that are featured on here, but there are no lyrics at all. The only tracks I could maybe give a little credit to would be Action Bronson’s “All I Wanna Do” and the late Prodigy’s “Lifestyle Of A Thug.” These tracks aren’t fantastic but they at least give a little bit of sunlight in a hopeless situation. Songs like Playboi Carti’s “Hit A Lick” make me question humanity all together. This song is so unintelligible, it makes me want to physically get sick. Lyrically, this album doesn’t offer much at all. And as far as beats, I’d say they are average at best. Probably a bit more below average if anything. I’m very surprised that Harry Fraud would want to waste the time of hip hop fans with this piece of hot garbage.

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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