DOM PACHINO – FIREGOD GIFT OF FIRE

The Killarmy member and Wu-Tang affiliate is back with another project. I’m gonna start this off with a true statement that sounds harsh, but I mean nothing by it. No one was checking for this project at all. This is not something that was creating a buzz in the streets. That being said, I think it is a decent project. Lyrically, Dom Pachino is average. I think he definitely needs a lot of work on his rhymes, but at the same time, there are a lot worse rappers out there. I did like the fact that this album had skits reminiscent of old Wu-Tang album skits. That sort of gave it that classic feel. The beats were decent on here as well. I don’t think there was anything classic by far, but it’s a decent listen. Producers may have been trying to go for the Wu-Tang sound and missed but nonetheless, it was a good attempt. If you are a Wu head or a Killarmy fan, you will probably want to check this out.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#dompachino #prterrorist #killarmy #firegodgiftoffire #firegod #fgof #napalmrecordings #napalm

Dom Pachino - Firegod

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NATURE – SCRAP PAPER

Nature drops off a quick project. This was actually a pretty decent recording all around. Beats and rhymes abound on here. Nature has always been a dope MC and that comes through strongly on here. He spits his unique rhyme scheme and he does so with a great effort in his voice. You can tell he was really trying on this one. The beats match the rhymes on here as well. You got hard drums and snares all throughout the 7 tracks on here. This is definitely that hard New York sound. The hardest track on here is “This One” featuring Capone. The beat definitely bangs hard and you can almost see the visuals of Nature driving through NY in a gray Lexus. Definitely cop this one and play it through a few times.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#nature #therealnature #scrappaper #wildgremlinz

Nature - Scrap Paper

LAYZIE BONE & BIZZY BONE – BONE BLOOD

One half of the Bone brothers drop a project off for us and I have mixed feelings on this one. Right off the bat, I can easily say that Bizzy Bone sounds tired as hell and doesn’t sound good at all anymore. He used to have such a melodic flow back in the 90s, but nowadays, he sounds like a washed-up has-been. Lyrically he offers nothing at all. Layzie was a little bit better, but at the same time, it sounds weird hearing 40 something year old rappers still talk about the streets and guns and such. That aside, When they add Krayzie Bone to the mix, I think they get better results. I always thought that he was the hardest worker out of all of them. There are some songs with them all together that sounds like they might have something cooking. I think it is just an incredibly hard feat to reboot this Bone Thugs sound to the level that it was at in the mid 90s. So in summary, lyrics weren’t too great on this record. Beats were ok at best. Definitely not their best release, but you can still see that little glimmer of hope in there somewhere.

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#bonethugsnharmony #bonethugs #btnh #bizzybone #thisisbizzybone #bizzy #layziebone #layziebtnh #layzie #boneblood

 

Layzie Bone & Bizzy Bone - Bone Blood

DAMO & THE ARCHITECT – THE WIZARD OF AUS

This was an interesting project from an Australian MC by the name of Damo. I had heard of him before and decided to give this a listen when I saw the features that were on here. With features like Chino XL and Canibus, it is very hard to go wrong. Lyrically, I think everyone goes hard on this album. Damo definitely has bars. The biggest problem for me was that it was just hard to get over the Australian accent. It’s sometimes very hard to make out the bars as he is rapping at break-neck speed. Nevertheless, there are definitely some dope bars on here if you can get past the thick accent. The beats were decent on here. Nothing really to complain about in that department. I think you get a good sense of what Damo is about with this project. While it may not be anywhere near classic, it sure does beat out a lot of the rap garbage that is out today.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#damo #thearchitect #thewizardofaus #twoa

Damo & The Architecht

U-GOD – BRING BACK GOD II

I know he is one of the Gods, but the Wu-Tang veteran pretty much had no business dropping this mixtape. I feel like this offered nothing to fans. You have a couple of joints that are remixed, which I guess are of some value. Then you have some freestyles where U-God almost tries to sound like some of these newer rappers rapping over today’s beats. He just sounded awful trying to do that. A Wu-Tang member flowing over Bodak Yellow??!! No thank you. Then you end the tape with just some of his old verses from the Wu’s classic hits. Yeah, I already have those tracks. Why are you giving them to me again? This was pretty much just a waste of a release. U-God, I respect you, but come back when you have some actual quality material.

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#wu-tangclan #wutangclan #wutang #wu-tang #wutangforever #wtc #ugod #u-god #bringbackugod #bringbacku-god #bringbackugod2 #bringbackugodII

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WILLIE THE KID – WATCH THE FLY EP

Willie the Kid drops off a very short but dope EP. At only 4 tracks, there isn’t a whole lot to it, but I think he flexes some skill on here. Lyrically, we get the MC that we have come to know. I think he spits luxurious, fly rhymes showing you the richer side of life, but in a different way than most MCs out there. The beats are pretty banging this time around. The drums are hard and the samples are clever. The highlight of this project is probably “Lo Wears” where he flips a Raekwon line for the hook. This is a pretty decent EP and also a quick listen if you are looking for something to check out in a hurry.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#williethekid #thewilliethekid #watchthefly #wtf

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PAUL WALL – BOUNCE BACKS OVER SETBACKS

The Houston veteran comes back with another project in which he has revived himself quite a bit. After dropping off some previous projects that weren’t too good, I think he came back a lot stronger with this album. While it may not be perfect, he was definitely moving in the right direction with this one. With the lyrics, I don’t think that Paul put his best foot forward. We are used to his descriptive commentary of Houston life, but it just seemed to be missing more than usual on this album. It seemed that he didn’t really put forth as much effort into the pen as he has done so in the past. The song concepts are good, but the lyrical prowess just isn’t up to par. The production is a stronger part of this album. The beats are definitely more creative and I think fit Paul Wall’s sound a lot more than just some boring trap beats. Paul Wall is definitely repping Houston a lot more properly with this one. I’m hoping that Paul Wall can continue on this climb back to greatness and start putting Houston back where it needs to be musically.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#paulwall #paulwallbaby #bouncebacksoversetbacks #bbosb #houston

Paul Wall - Bounce Backs Over Setbacks