TROY AVE – ALBUM OF THE SUMMER

A major error that you might notice with this project is the title. First off, to call your album “Album Of The Summer,” you would probably want to have a summer anthem or great music on it. None of those things are on this album. What a major oversight!! I hope you can sense the sarcasm. To be real, this album is okay at best. Troy Ave gives us more of his average lyrics. There are no bars that you really want to rewind back on this one. The beats are average at best as well. There are absolutely no anthems on here. There are no bangers. Nothing to keep you pumped for the summer. Another blaring error would be that it was released at the end of summer!! So we didn’t even get to listen to the “Album Of The Summer” during the summer at all. C’mon man, Troy, let’s get it together. Go back to the lab, work extremely hard and give us some quality product someday soon okay? Don’t give us these empty promises.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Troy Ave-Album Of The Summer

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WORDSWORTH & SAM BROWN – OUR WORLD TODAY

This album was truly something special. I had forgotten how great Wordsworth was as a lyricist. This dude can put together words and lyrics like none other. Take most rappers out there today, even your seasoned veterans, and this MC is better than the vast majority of them. It seems that he can find an impossible number of words that rhyme together, put them together very cleverly, and also make a story out of what he is saying. That is what he does on every track on here. The dude just doesn’t spit whack bars ever. When you have an MC of that caliber, you have to have beats that can back him up. Sam Brown definitely does that on here. The beats that he made for this project are top shelf. The samples are great and the beats definitely keep your head nodding. He has injected his soul into this one. This is an almost perfect release here. A lot of you people in the industry can learn something from this album right here. Cop this with the quickness!!

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Wordsworth

WINDCHILL – 2ND WIND

I remember the first time I saw Windchill perform, I think it was at the Depot. I knew right from the get that this dude had a great lyrical skill. I know I have missed quite a few of his releases but I got to hear this latest album and overall, it was pretty good. Lyrically, Windchill is very talented. He has clever rhyme schemes and great song concepts. This latest album is just further proof of the talent he possesses. The production on here is pretty good as well. I think the standout tracks are probably “The Northeast” and “Straight Razor And Shave.” He seems to have a knack at making great songs for hip-hop culture. Great beats and great rhymes all over this one. He is definitely headed in the right direction.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Windchill-2nd Wind

TYMEWORK – ISOCELES

This album was not very good. I had never heard of this dude before so I decided to give this album a whirl. Lyrically, I can tell the dude has skill but it just doesn’t translate very well. His voice is trash. I’m definitely not feeling his delivery at all. Also I think he tries to sound a lot more complex than necessary. A lot of his rhymes are the whole “lyrical/spiritual/miracle” thing. Even if he does have some clever rhyme patterns and some multi-syllabic rhymes, they are lost on me because of his voice. I just can’t get past it. The beats are the part of this album that are lot better. There are really some great beats with super hard drums on them. Just please, put any other rapper on them though. There were a few good features on here as well like Killah Priest and Chino XL. Those things aside, I’d do a hard pass on this one. Don’t waste your time.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Tymework-Isoceles

APOLLO BROWN & PLANET ASIA – ANCHOVIES

Another great release from the master producer Apollo Brown. On this go round, he employs the lyrical great Planet Asia on here. Planet Asia is a great lyricist and it definitely shows on this project. Apollo Brown does what he does best and crafted some great sampled tracks for Asia to rhyme over. It’s basically mostly bars and no hooks on this release but it’s cool, it works. As far as constructing an album, it almost feels unfinished. That is not to say that it is not dope because it is. It just doesn’t feel finished in the traditional sense – songs with verses and hooks and concepts. As far as beats go, these aren’t the best ones you will ever hear from Apollo Brown but they work. All in all, this was a pretty good effort.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Apollo Brown & Planet Asia - Anchovies

ACTION BRONSON – BLUE CHIPS 7000

Bam Bam or Action Bronson is back with his long-awaited mixtape in his Blue Chips series. He skips right from 2 to 7000, but we ain’t mad at that. Overall this is a decent project. Lyrically Bronson is on point. He spits his unique and signature bars that we have all been craving. The production on here was ok. It probably could have been a bit better. I was waiting to hear just some slamming boom-bap beat but never really got that. That is not to say that the production is lacking though, because there are good tracks on here. I just think it was left a little flatter than some of the beats on previous Blue Chip mixtapes. I don’t think that there is really a standout track on here because all of the tracks are pretty consistent, which is a good thing. At the end of the day, the best part about it is that we get to hear Action Bronson doing his thing again. Hopefully we don’t have to wait as long next time.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Action-Bronson-Blue-Chips-7000-Artwork

TONE CHOP & FROST GAMBLE – RESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVEN

Tone Chop is back with another fantastic project called “Respect Is Earned Not Given.” He has teamed up with the genius producer Frost Gamble to create a slamming piece of work here. Lyrically, Tone is definitely on point and bringing those hard and tough street bars as he does so well. The best way to describe it would be if you imagine an enormous grizzly bear coming to maul any whack rappers in the way. That is what Tone does effortlessly on this project. Frost Gamble does another great job providing the backdrop to this album. There are some awesome samples over some great bass lines and drum tracks. Another great part of this album that really stands out is how well the songs are woven together. This is a very cohesive project that sounds like all tracks go in order and are meant to be together. There are some great song concepts and stories on here. “Bing Stories” definitely stands out as a great story. “Walk The Walk” is a fantastic song that features the OG Kool G Rap. I’d have to say my favorite track is probably “In The Streets” featuring DNA. The beat is slamming and Tone and DNA definitely trade clever rhymes. If you are a hardcore hip-hop head, this is a must have project.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Tone Chop & Frost Gamble