TALIB KWELI – RADIO SILENCE

Talib gives us another installment of funky and soulful intelligence. This is a dope record all around from the beats to the rhymes to the concepts. Talib has always been a great lyricist and has consistently given us great rhymes from the start. This is no different on this current album. He is able to switch his flow and ride the beats perfectly on this album while spitting unrelenting “woke-ness.” He’s got slower and more soulful tracks like “The One I Love” and more up-tempo harder songs like “Chips” with Waka Flocka Flame. The beats are for the most part pretty decent on here. There are some that are a little basic or slower. I think he at least was hitting for par on this one. You’re not going to get that boom-bap sound on here but you will get some enlightenment through music. This is a deep release that is also dope at the same time and that is a hard balance to make.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#talibkweli #talibkweligreene #blackstar #radiosilence

Talib Kweli - Radio Silence

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FABOLOUS & JADAKISS – FRIDAY ON ELM STREET

Two of the best to ever do it in hip hop team up for this collaboration which should have produced fantastic results. I don’t think this one went as planned though. Overall, it is not a bad album. First of all, the marketing was totally off. They should have released this at Halloween based on the theme of the album but they missed that mark by a month. Lyrically, I think both MCs are fantastic. They can both hold their weight on their own and also together so there is definitely not a problem in that department at all. The beats were lacking a little bit on this one. There were a few tracks that I definitely could have done without. I think that Jada and Fab both have tried to keep up with times and sound like these new rappers on some tracks throughout their careers instead of doing what they do best. So you have some of those trap beat sounding instances on this album. The songs “Stand Up” with Future and “All About It” with French Montana I could have definitely done without. Then you have the “F vs J Intro” to the album which Jada spits possibly the best verse he has ever spit over a super dope track that kind of makes up for it a little bit. I’ll give an honorable mention to the track “Soul Food” also. All in all, I think they did a decent job, but just the marketing was off and the sound was a little off too for what this was supposed to be.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#jadakiss #therealkiss #lox #fabolous #myfabolouslife #fabmoviebars #desertstorm #fridayonelmstreet #foes #freddyvsjason

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MOON CRICKETS – DEATH IN THE ARENA

This was a mixed review on this album for me. This was the first time I had ever heard of this hip-hop collective. Killah Priest I am definitely familiar with and he is definitely crazy lyrically. This Lord Fury though is straight trash. His lyrics were garbage and his vocals are straight up annoying. Throughout the whole album, it is basically like he is just yelling at the listener. Killah Priest definitely keeps up his side of the coin by spitting some pretty dope verses where he is featured. He’s always been dope though so it is understandable. The beats are pretty decent on here. There are a lot of tracks that are really banging and something to definitely knock your car speakers out with. I was impressed with the production. DJ Merciless does a great job on that part of it. So to sum it up, if Lord Fury was removed from this project, it would have been pretty dope. We are left with a divided album though. Check this one out if you want something different than the norm.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#mooncrickets #killahpriest #wutangclan #wutang #wu-tangclan #lordfury #djmercilless #deathinthearena #dita

Moon Crickets - Death In The Arena

KILLAH PRIEST & 4TH DISCIPLE – DON’T SIT ON THE SPEAKERS VOL. 1

Killah Priest takes a unique approach with this release. 4th Disciple and him team up and KP delivers some fantastic bars over all old school beats. His lyrics are crazy. The standout track to me is probably “Sativa” in which he just releases bar after bar of MC-crushing wizardry. The fact that all of the beats on here are old school sampled songs is great too. It definitely gives you that golden era, classic rap feel. You don’t have the somber and dark trap beats of today, but more of a lively, fun-filled sound. It’s good to hear Killah Priest on something different. This mixtape definitely works so if you are a fan of old school hip hop, you will definitely like this record.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#killahpriest #wutangclan #wutang #wu-tangclan #4thdisciple #dontsitonthespeakers

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CYHI THE PRYNCE – NO DOPE ON SUNDAYS

Cyhi has done a really good job on his debut studio album. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper was able to do what he does best on this project and that is to spit bars. Lyrically, he is way above a lot of MCs. When you hear him rhyme, he is able to keep flowing and always manages to find that one word or phrase that you didn’t even think of to rhyme with his previous bars. They guy is really and truly gifted as a lyricist. I don’t think a lot of these new cats are messing with him out here. The beats are decent. I think that for the most part, these are good efforts at some hard beats. You do get a sense of that clever producer shit that some of them try to shoot for. The best track on here is probably “Nu Africa” in which Cyhi spits amazing bars about forming a new sense of Africa for black people. He really did a tremendous job on this album and is definitely elevating himself into the top tier of MCs out there.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#cyhitheprynce #cyhitheprince #cyhi #nodopeonsundays #ndos #goodmusic

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STALLEY – TELL THE TRUTH SHAME THE DEVIL

Another flaming hot bag of dog shit is dropped off by Stalley here with this project. I think he is really trying to sell out as hard as he can. His lyrics are trash on here. He tries to sound like all these other new mumble rappers. The beats are SUPER trash. Just some more horrible trap beats that sound like all of the others you hear. The only reason I am even giving him the slightest rating is because I believe somewhere deep down within him, he has the ability to make good music. It is just that he is trying to sell out to sound like everyone else. Don’t even waste your time with this garbage.

OVERALL RATING: 0.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#stalley #tellthetruthshamethedevil #tttstd #tellthetruth #shamethedevil #mmg #bluecollargang #bcg

 

Stalley - Tell The Truth Shame The Devil

RANSOM – 1%

Probably one of the most underrated MCs out there drops off a new project for us to digest. Ransom is back with relentless and perfect bars on this offering. Lyrically, he is all but unmatched. There really isn’t anyone messing with Ransom lyrically. Although this project is only 8 tracks, he unleashes a flawless barrage of lyrics that are perfect. There really can’t be enough said about how flawless this dude’s lyrics are. The guy has never spit a whack verse in his life. The beats on this album are pretty banging as well. While not perfect, they definitely are a good backdrop for Ransom’s politically motivated lyrical barrage. If you are a fan of hard bars, then you need to listen to this album and then play it back again.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#ransom #201ransom #1% #1percent #onepercent #soulkilla #thegreatest

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