N.O.R.E. – 5E

Podcast Papi drops off a new album and to be honest, much like a lot of other vets recently, this album didn’t quite live up to the expectation that I thought it would have. It is definitely a quick album at only 11 tracks. There are some high points to it though. Noreaga’s raps have never been super technical but he is fun to listen to. You will get those kinds of bars on here but it just doesn’t seem like they are as thought out and as witty as he normally is. It almost sounds as if it was all a bit rushed. The beats on here are okay, nothing too special. The album starts out with a great Intro and followed up by a dope song “Big Chain” featuring Fabolous. Fab definitely drops a dope verse on here. The single “Don’t Know” featuring Fat Joe is pretty dope. It sounds like a Noreaga style song even though it might not be as hype as usual. It’s definitely still in the same realm. The highlight of the album is “No Reason” featuring Sevyn Streeter. This has a slamming beat and Sevyn really sets the hook off nicely. I think most audiences are only going to say that this album is just okay in its entirety. I’d definitely like to see Noreaga step it up a bit next time.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#noreaga #nyc #cnn #nore #newyork #queens #drinkchamps #papi #drinkchampspodcast #podcast #queensbridge #5e


Noreaga - 5E


This was a pretty boring album from almost front to back. You get the same old boring weed raps from Wiz on here. Sure he is basically the new incarnation of Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg, but it gets boring hearing about Khalifa Kush and how you get high as a plane over and over and over again. Tell me something else. Tell me something new. Speaking of “Something New” that is really the only great song on here. He enlists Ty Dolla Sign for that song and it sounds amazing. I guess that was a good way to end this entirely too long butchery of an album. Somehow, 25 tracks for Wiz Khalifa is just way too much. It works for some artists, but it didn’t work here. I think Wiz shines best when he is featured on a song and not the main star for an album’s length of time. Another song that wasn’t terrible was “Gin And Drugs” featuring the West Coast MC Problem. This track sampled the classic Biggie song “Going Back To Cali” and both MCs flowed pretty good over it. With the exception of these songs, you can pretty much throw out the rest. There’s nothing that you are really going to see in the hip hop hall of fame from this project.

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#wizkhalifa #wiz #rollingpapers2 #rollingpapers #letterman #khalifakush

Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers 2


The Brooklynite MC Q-Unique is back with a new album and this one is pretty banging all around. His voice is very compelling and I think that is what makes him so dope. You couple that with some dope verses and you have a very capable MC on your hands. He definitely delivers a good flow on this new album. I don’t think that anyone will think that this guy is slacking in the lyrics department. On the production side, you get a lot of really hard hitting drum and basslines for you to nod your head to on this one. There is a lot of hard-hitting heat on here for pure hip hop heads. You might find a beat or 2 that might not be up to par, for example “Let The Games Begin” wasn’t the dopest track. But then you hear “Cult Leader & Capital” or “Brooklyn Stomp” and you know that everything is gonna be ok. This was a superb effort and it was definitely good hearing Q-Unique do his thing again.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Q-Unique - The Mechanic


This was one of the dopest albums from Cappadonna that I have heard in awhile. He definitely came back strong on this one. He was never really known for being one of the best lyrically, especially out of the Wu-Tang collective. As far as lyrics on this new project, there really isn’t a whole lot to expect in that realm. He does drop some jewels here and there throughout the project though. The production side of this album is probably where it really shines. There are a lot of dope samples. You almost get that old feel that this is the way rap music used to be. On “Listen To Cappadonna,” they sample the Drake line where he shouted out Cap. It almost felt like this record needed to be made just because of that Drake line. On “Kids Playing,” he questions why don’t kids play the games they used to play and this one definitely gives you an old school vibe. “Soul Train” does this same thing by paying homage to a lot of old school acts. This is definitely a good album and something for the hardcore Wu heads to celebrate.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#wu-tangclan #wutangclan #wutang #wu-tang #wutangforever #wtc #cappadonna #earcandy

Cappadonna - Ear Candy


This was a bit of a different release out of the norm from what we normally do here, but a dope listen all around. This producer WalyO did a great thing and took some verses from the Diplomat camp and made some dope tracks for them to be laid over top of. It pretty much goes without saying that the Diplomat members can all spit. So lyrically, you pretty much have to give them all the credit they deserve for dope verses since we have already heard them before on previous releases. The beats on here were pretty dope overall. I think WalyO is definitely working with something here. I’d definitely like to hear more from him. It’s not quite what the Heatmakerz had done for the Diplomats, but it is a fresh and dope sound that serves this creation well.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#walyo #walyo_ #dipsetwestillbangin #diplomats #dipset #harlem

WalyO - Dipset We Still Bangin


Another horribly disappointing record from Kool Keith. I was not feeling this one at all. Maybe this is not meant for me, but it was straight trash. I don’t know if I am just not getting the concepts of his albums or what. The lyrics are trash. Every verse is just hyper-sexual, space-age, out-there, trash. Just not feeling it at all. The beats are pretty much the same way. I don’t think there is anything on here that is pushing the culture forward at all. There is nothing remarkable or memorable. There is nothing that I am going to put on repeat or tell someone else to listen to. I don’t know if there is a market out there for people who would like this stuff, but it would be interesting to find out who is into this stuff. Hard pass on this one.

OVERALL RATING: 0.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#koolkeith #ultraman7000 #droctagon #blackelvis #drdooom #controlleroftrap

Kool Keith - Controller Of Trap


This was a rather disappointing posthumous¬†release from the former Outlaw member. It really didn’t live up to the expectations of what you would think an Outlaw album would be. Lyrically Hussein Fatal was certainly not the best MC ever, but he did possess a certain rawness that Tupac must have seen ahead of time. He was definitely dope on his first album¬†In The Line Of Fire, but since then, it seems to have just slowed down a bit. Maybe that comes with age or the loss of a mentor. It’s hard to say. I expected a bit more from him as far as verses on this current project. The beats were lacking as well. I wanted to hear some more raw West coast beats, but was sadly let down in that department as well. There was nothing that really stuck out to me as a banger on here. If you’re a huge Tupac and Outlawz fan, you might wanna give this a listen, but if you are just a casual rap fan, I’d probably pass on this.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#husseinfatal #legendarystatus #outlawz #theoutlawz #thaoutlawz #thugertainment

Hussein Fatal - Legendary Status