LOGIC – YOUNG SINATRA IV (YSIV)

This was a pretty dope album from Logic. I have had a lot of criticisms for him over the years, but I think he redeemed himself on this one. If you want to hear Logic over some boom bap beats, then this is the album for you. Lyrically, I think Logic is on the top of his game with this one. Track after track, you can hear how hungry he is and how skilled he is. He really crams a lot of words into his bars and his cadence is at its best. He can flow effortlessly over these beats while at the same time giving his fans a dose of positivity. It’s almost as if he is putting the medicine in the candy. The best song on this album is directed right at all the Wu-Tang fans with the 8 minute track “Wu-Tang Forever” that features every living member from Wu-Tang and some affiliates. Wu-Tang sounds as fresh as ever and Logic holds his own with the lyrical ninjas. “100 Miles And Running” is another track in which Logic impresses the hell out of the audience by spitting at triple the normal speed of any living human. There really aren’t any down times on this album. This plays pretty well through for the entire album. You might not love every song, but you won’t hate any of them. I think this is a dope effort on Logic’s part.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#logic #logic301 #youngsinatra4 #youngsinatraiv #ysiv #bobbytarantino #ratpack

Logic - YSIV

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CYPRESS HILL – ELEPHANTS ON ACID

The marijuana aficionados are back with a brand new studio album. I was pretty excited to hear about this one especially with how dope DJ Muggs has been lately. Upon listening, this latest album from Cypress Hill is decent. I wouldn’t call it one of their best, but it’s not whack either. There’s some pretty decent material on here. Lyrically, you pretty much get what you would expect on here. B-Real is pretty standard with his high-pitched and hypnotizing voice. A lot of the tracks are definitely odes to or inspired by everyone’s favorite plant. The beats on here weren’t as good as I thought they would be, but pretty average overall. Muggs has a lot of Indian and Middle Eastern influenced samples on here. It definitely gives it that foreign vibe. I think I saw where he was trying to go with this one, but I’m not quite sure if he got there. You get the image of sitting in a weed house in India, with smoke clouds all around, and just vibing out to some great local music while the sun blazes hot outside. One downside to this album is the amount of interludes there are. It almost seems that there is 1 after every song. That is way too many to have. Cut some of that out, get some hard drums on some of the tracks, and I think they would have really had something with this one. Not a bad effort though from the legends Cypress Hill.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#cypresshill #breal #b-real #b_real #sendog #ogsendog #djmuggs #elephantsonacid

Cypress Hill - Elephants On Acid

CANIBUS – FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE 2

Canibus drops off a very quick second installment of his Full Spectrum Dominance series. I’m not even sure that you can call this an album. There are 8 songs and the intro and the outro are both skits. So that leaves us with 6 new songs that to be honest, it’s the same ol story concerning Canibus’ music over the years. On the mic, he is fire. He has always been an extremely talented MC. The beats however are borderline trash. These heavy guitar rifts sloppily laid over top of beats is just not doing it for me. This has always been his downfall. Dope lyrics over trash beats. 20 years after he has come onto the scene, it’s sad to say that this is still happening. Please Canibus, find some better beats already.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#canibus #darealcanibus #ripthejacker #fullspectrumdominance2

Canibus - Full Spectrum Dominance 2

KIDD KIDD – HUSTLE OR HATE

Kidd Kidd is back with another dope mixtape. This is a dude that I don’t think gets the shine that he deserves. After being put on by 50 Cent and G-Unit and then sort of forgotten about by them, it’s good to see he is still out here grinding. They talk about the “it” factor. Some people just have “it.” Kidd Kidd is one of those rappers that just has it. He definitely does his thing on the mic. He might not be the most technical rapper ever, but he makes you feel his bars. His flow is strong, his wordplay is good, and he can get visual when he gets on certain themes on his songs. This project sounds a little different. I hate to say it like this, but it almost sounds like he took a step backwards with the beats on here. I’m not trying to say it is whack at all. It just sounds like it is not as highly produced as other projects have been. That aside, I think he did a good job here with this latest offering. “Fucked Over” is a deeply personal song about how he has been back-stabbed in his life. It’s good to see an artist show that kind of vulnerability. “No Mumble Rap” was a dope track as well as he showcases his lyrical skill on the mic. If you are a fan of the Mazant man himself, you definitely wanna check this out.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#kiddkidd #itskiddkidd #peanutfrommazant #hustleorhate #djrollxxx #newwarleans #gunit #g-unit

Kidd Kidd - Hustle Or Hate

SMOOVTH & GIALLO POINT – MEDELLIN II

Smoovth and Giallo Point are back with their followup to last years amazing Medellin album with Medellin II. This one picks up where the previous album left off. You get a lot of great news cuts to start off some tracks. There is definitely a backdrop of the opulent drug cartel lifestyle on this one. The beats have some great Hispanic music samples both musical and vocal. The vocal samples really set some of these songs off. The lyrics are decent throughout. I think overall Smoovth did a good job, but not quite as good as the first album. This one he seemed to fall back a step with the bars. There are some tracks where he really shines, but it just didn’t seem as consistent as the first offering. All in all, this was a pretty dope album. If you were a fan of the first one, you will be a fan of this one as well.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#smoovth #giallopoint #medellin2 #medellinii #donfabio

Smoovth & Giallo Point - Medellin 2

KURUPT & J. WELLS – DIGITAL SMOKE (DELUXE REMASTERED EDITION)

This is a re-release of the 2007 version of this album. It has been remastered and a few tracks have been added to the initial tracklist. This is such a dope album throughout. Two things that really stick out  on this project are the cohesiveness and the consistency of the project. Every song sounds like it belongs and they all fit together very nicely. This definitely has that classic west coast vibe to it as you go from track to track. If you are looking for that mid 90s feel, then look no further. Kurupt has always been a lyrical genius and that is very much evidenced on this project. He walks that fine line of spitting dope bars and also keeping it fun with classic west coast type lyrics. There are some points on this album where it is just fully apparent how they chose Kurupt to be in the old rap super group The 4 Horsemen. He really gets busy on the mic. This is a fantastic album that plays straight through. This would be a really dope soundtrack to summer because of its vibe.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#kurupt #kuruptyounggotti #kurupt_gotti #gotti #dpg #dpgc #diirtyogz #doggpound #thadoggpound #digitalsmoke #jwells #j.wells #deathrow #deathrowrecords

Kurupt & J. Wells - Digital Smoke

LIL WAYNE – THA CARTER 5

What a disappointment with this one. This album is an incredible letdown. Lil Wayne is such a dope artist and is capable of making awesome works of art (see other Carter albums). But this 5th installment that we all have been waiting so long for, well, you might as well just skip over this one. I don’t want to say it is completely awful, maybe a step over that. The fact remains that Wayne failed with this one. It’s undeniable. I was waiting to hear perfection and instead, got an album that sounds like it was made in a week. I don’t even understand how they are trying to pass it off as if they were working on it for years. That is a bunch of BS there. His bars are like a barrage as he fast time spits throughout most songs, but there is no kind of depth in most of it. Sometimes, instead of rapping, he almost sings to us which gets very annoying song after song. The beats are pretty much trash as well. I was waiting for some kind of banger like “Go DJ” or “6 Foot, 7 Foot” or “Glory” but didn’t even get that kind of track that Wayne is spitting on. Where did Mannie Fresh go and why is he not producing for Wayne anymore?? This was just frustrating all around. If you want to listen to this one, make sure you have a lot of time because there are 23 tracks which is way too many if you are going to have that many whack songs. I’d probably skip to your next album.

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#lilwayne #lilweezy #weezy #weezyf #weezyfbaby #liltunechi #youngmoney #cashmoney #trukfit #thacarter5 #carter5 #thacarterv #carterv #c5

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V