SEAN PRICE – IMPERIUS REX

This album was damn near perfect. Such a slamming project from an artist that left us way too soon. I know this project was posthumously put together but it sounds like it was completed before death. Sean Price is awesome with lyrics. He has such a grizzly voice that when he spits his clever rhymes, it really does sound like a pack of silverback gorillas are chasing you through the jungle. The production on here is amazing as well. There is a plethora of producers on here like Alchemist, Nottz, Marco Polo, and more, but somehow they all made it sound like one cohesive project. The beats are slamming and menacing and just knock the hell out of your speakers. The standout tracks for me are probably “Clicks And Clans” featuring Smif-N-Wessun, Rock, Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Foul Monday and the single “Dead Or Alive” featuring his widow Bernadette Price. It is guaranteed you will have these two songs on repeat after you hear them. Sean was a great MC and if this is his very last project, he went out of a very high note. Rest in peace forever Sean Price.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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FASHAWN – MANNA

This album was okay. I think Fashawn definitely went more of a socially conscious and political route on this project. The lyrics are dope but tend to come off a bit preachy. I’m not saying it’s not an important message, I’m just saying I don’t want to be schooled all day long. Nevertheless, he has some very dope rhymes and is very clever with his rhymes. The beats are pretty dope overall. No major complaints. I would have liked to see some beats with a little more knock to them but, overall not a bad job production-wise. The standout track is probably “Clouds Above.” It is a dope beat and a dope sample paired with Fashawn’s introspective rhymes. This was a decent effort and I think it was needed for Fashawn to come back like this. I’d almost like to see him drop another project soon after to stay fresh. I think he is capable of more but this wasn’t a bad listen.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#fashawn #manna

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IRV GOTTI – TALES: THE PLAYLIST

This album was whack as hell. A steaming pile of trash on this one. The singing and lyrics by the rappers were garbage for the most part. I think there was one singer on there that was maybe halfway decent but I don’t even really care to look to see who it was. I’ve seen the Tales episodes so far and they are pretty decent but this soundtrack does a huge disservice to the show. I hope as they show continues, they don’t have any of this whack ass music in the show. If you see this album, do the world a favor and throw it in the closest garbage can.

OVERALL RATING: 0.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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STALLEY – NEW WAVE

Stalley took a huge step backwards on this project. Previously he has been known to finesse some dope lyrics over some pretty good beats but with this project, he doesn’t leave the listener with much to take away. The lyrics are pretty simple, even as he experiments with this whole new flow that current artists do. The beats are even sounding more modern than fans would like. I think he was definitely trying to sell out and appeal to current trends with this release. I would have liked to see him go back to the old Stalley and hit us with some more great MMG music but it simply fell very flat with this project. Better luck next time Stalley.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#stalley #newwave #mmg #bluecollargang #bcg

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SKYZOO – PEDDLER THEMES EP

Skyzoo is back with another quick EP that is very dope. This isn’t a perfect package but it is well on it’s way there. As far as lyrics, Skyzoo is flowing great on here. The lyrics are dope and his flow rides every beat perfectly. He is basically double-parking his foreign whip right on point with the lyrics. The beats match the lyrics perfectly. There are a lot of great, hard-hitting boom-bap beats for you to ride to. This is classic NY hip hop for your ear. I definitely think Skyzoo is getting better and better as he goes along. This is concrete proof that he is a force to be reckoned with.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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JAY-Z – 4:44

The king is back with a fantastic recording. 4:44 is definitely a masterpiece. It took me a few listens to understand how great this album was. Lyrically Jay is back and better than he has been in awhile. He drops some real life jewels on this one. It’s not only lyrically sharp, but his rhymes are filled with double entendres and plenty of great advice on how to be man and a family man. The production is great on here as well. The entire album is produced by No I.D. He has some fantastic samples on here that really fill the backdrop for what Hova is trying to teach us. The standout tracks have to be “Kill Jay-Z,” “Bam,” and “Marcy Me.” Jay is at the top of not only his own game, but the rap game as a whole. The best way I can describe this album would be the following statement: This was not only the album we all wanted, but it was the album we all needed. Long live the king Jay-Z.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#jayz #jay-z #hova #jayhova #s_c_ #mrcarter #mr.carter #seancarter #444 #4:44 #brooklyn #rocafella #rocafellarecords #rocnation

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CURRENSY – THE CHAMPAGNE FILES

This was a quick project but it was decent. It’s been awhile since Currensy dropped so this was a nice way to come back. Currensy brings the same lazy flow that we are used to but it works. His lyrics are nothing crazy but he shoots for par on this one. The beats are an assortment of some popular instrumentals. I’d say the high points are “Junior Mints” and “1942.” He raps over the “Player’s Anthem” and “Shot Caller” beats and it sounds very fitting. Although it was a quick project, it seemed like it was exactly the right length. This was all in all at least a decent project. Something to vibe out to. Check it out quick and enjoy.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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