Johnny Blaze redeems himself with this fantastic project. After dropping his last album The Meth Lab in 2015, it just seemed like Method Man had lost it. That album was pretty bad. He has completely did a 180 with this project. Virtually every aspect of this project is top notch. It’s like a reinvented Wu-Tang solo album. His bars are very sharp and his rhyme schemes are dope. He brings the heat on every song. Something that surprised me are the newcomers that he has on here to help him out with features. They definitely bring the heat too. You pretty much have to hold your own to be on a Method Man album. The beats are pretty slamming on here from front to back. There was maybe 1 track I wasn’t feeling too much towards the end of the project, but other than that, the beats will keep your head nodding. Even the skits aren’t cringe-worthy on here. The album plays through like a TV show with commercials and all. Even The Impractical Jokers were recruited for a hilarious reinvention of the classic torture skit. This album has it all and you will be playing this one over and over again. A true Wu album for any Wu fan right here.
OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#methodman #johnnyblaze #ironlung #tical #ticallionstallion #wu-tangclan #wutangclan #wutang #wu-tang #wutangforever #wtc #shaolin #statenisland #themethlab2 #methlab2 #methlabseason2 #season2 #themethlab #methlab #thelithium
Quentin Miller drops off a very quick 5 track EP here. Although it is not great, it is better than his last project which shows growth. Lyrically, I think he stepped it up slightly. He still has a long way to go, but there was a small amount of growth here. The beats on here are slightly better as well. I think he was going for a vibe here and it might work. Honorable mention for a decent track with “Lookin Out” which features Peso. Although he has a long road ahead of him, I did see a slight improvement with this release.
OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#quentinmiller #quentin__miller #newqm #nothanks #nothanksep
Ice Cube gives us his first studio album in 8 years. It took me a few listens to really get this one. Upon the first listen, I wasn’t really feeling this one. I wanted to hear Ice Cube like he sounded in 1992 on The Predator album. Alas, we all get older and mature and you can never go backwards in life. You have to move forward with your sound and constantly redevelop yourself while struggling to keep your core fans. With this album, I think Cube does a good job at balancing the older and newer fans. Lyrically he is definitely talking very candidly about social issues just as he has done in the past. Songs like “Arrest The President,” “Chase Down The Bully,” and “Good Cop, Bad Cop” show us just how frank he can be at discussing social justice. He is unapologetically going at racists, the right wing, and even the president. He also has a lot to say about the current drug culture that exists in rap and amongst the youth on songs like “Bad Dope” and “On Them Pills.” He even tries to get a few party songs going like “That New Funkadelic.” Although I don’t think his bars are quite as dope as they used to be, they are definitely poignant. He does do a pretty good job at trying to please all listeners. The beats on here were decent, but I think they could have been a bit better. I would have liked to hear more of a classic West Coast sound and even mixing some old boom bap Bomb Squad beats in there. I always thought Ice Cube sounded good over those. Overall, I think he did a decent job with this one. It will definitely take a few listens to get, but this is one that should be checked out.
OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#icecube #cube #westcoastwarlord #donmega #everythangscorrupt
The West Coast lyricist Locksmith is back with a new album. This one was decent. As far as lyrics go, he is really on point. You can’t deny that this dude can spit. The way he puts his bars together is incredible. One thing I would have liked to have seen more of is more themes to the songs. At some points on the album, it just felt as if he was giving us a stream of consciousness as opposed to a focused goal of the song. That aside, he is able to craft his rhyme schemes very cleverly. The beats on this album were okay as well. I don’t think there was anything that really stood out on the production side. That’s not to say it is bad or whack. They basically just shot for par with the beats. The standout track overall is “Prison.” In this one, he gives a very scathing and truthful view of the media, the government, the internet, and other issues today. His second verse on here is just impeccable. I’d definitely check this one out if you are in the mood to get into something new and dope.
OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#locksmith #dalocksmith #ali
This was almost a complete mess of an “album” if I ever heard one. Let’s start with the very few positives here. Earl Sweatshirt’s voice is incredible. There’s not too many people that are blessed with some vocal chords like that. I think there is some sort of rap skill in there somewhere, but I don’t think he has focused it enough yet. I can hear that he is capable of putting some bars together. It’s just that he makes these 1 minute streams of consciousness (not songs) that don’t really have any point at all. He basically just babbles on without any kind of theme for a bunch of seconds and calls it a song. Let’s be real, anyone at all can do this. This is nothing special. Even the title of the project is whack. That seriously took 1 second to think of that whack ass title. The beats on here were very scattered and weird as well. Some of them I almost had the feeling were trying to be dope but it just didn’t quite get there at all. I wouldn’t say this project is completely absent of focus or talent, but there is a ton of work to do for him to be great.
OVERALL RATING: 0.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#earlsweatshirt #earlxsweat #oddfuture #somerapsongs
Termanology has been dope and y’all have been sleeping on him. Shame! This MC teams up with Statik Selektah to bring you their third release together as 1982 and it is pretty dope all around. Is it perfect? No. But you definitely get a concrete hip hop effort with this one. Lyrically, Termanology is nice. There isn’t any denying that. It sounds like he is getting better too. He just has that hungry sound on this album. You will also get fantastic features from Chris Rivers, Conway, Nems, & Crimeapple. All 4 of those features really go hard on this project in their own way. The highlights for me include all of the songs that they are on: “30 Shots,” “Fuck Ya Lyfestyle,” and “Crimeology.” Statik Selektah definitely puts in work on the production side of things. You get some really dope beats on here. Another great thing is that it sound like all of these songs belong together which is always good to hear on a project. You definitely can’t go wrong with this album. Hopefully we get to hear more of the same in the future.
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#statikselektah #statikselekt #shade45 #termanology #termanologyst #still1982 #1982
This was a really dope release from the Philly Roots frontman. It is no question that Black Thought is a top tier lyricist and that shows through perfectly clear with every bar he spits on this project. From song to song, his flow is impeccable and unmatched. It’s almost like watching a barrelling train that can’t be stopped at all. The beats were for the most part, very strong on here. There were a few that weren’t quite up to par with the others, but they aren’t even too far off. I think all in all, there is some good cohesiveness between tracks. The highlights for me included “History Unfolds,” The New Grit,” “Long Liveth,” and “Streets.” All 4 of these tracks have super hard hitting drums and Black Thought just murders each track. If you don’t know about how Black Thought gets down, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#blackthought #salaamremi #streamsofthought2 #streamsofthoughtvol2 #philly #philadelphia #illadelph #rootscrew