LIL WAYNE – VELVET SESSIONS

Lil Wayne has another mixtape that snuck it’s way onto the scene after the incredible hype and letdown of Tha Carter 5. He should have made this project the album because this one was a lot better than that piece of trash album he gave us. I think he is more lyrically on point on this one. He has better bars and deeper, more focused song content. This one has more of a purpose than it’s predecessor. The beats on this project are better as well. There were definitely a lot more spots where the beats were laid back and chill, but it worked when it needed to. I think this album sounded a lot more focused. Not to say that this album is perfect, but it was a better attempt than that C5 BS. The highlight of the project was “Little Girl Eyes” which is basically a dedication to his daughter Reginae. This is a beautifully crafted song that I think any dads with daughters can relate to. An honorable mention goes to “Hitman” which is a pretty dope track in which Weezy goes in on lyrically. It’s nice to see him go back to his roots a little more on this track. It’s also a little bit more upbeat which is a nice break on this project. All in all, this one was a lot better than Tha Carter 5 any day of the week.

 

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Lil Wayne - Velvet Sessions
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XZIBIT, B-REAL, & DEMRICK (SERIAL KILLERS) – DAY OF THE DEAD

These 3 West Coast MCs team up for a pretty decent project here with this one. Lyrically the one that stands out has got to be Xzibit. It’s been a minute since we have heard anything from him and he spits just like he never left. He actually sounds like there is some hunger still there. As a side note, it would be nice to see another solo project from him. Combine his hard bars with B-Real and Demrick, and you have a pretty nice lineup as far as MCs. B-Real sounds slightly out of place, but that is not any kind of slight since he is definitely an OG veteran in this game and he does his thing on this project. The beats were okay. There is a bit of a West Coast vibe to it but a lot of the beats had almost synthesized samples to them which made them sound a little bit light. It would have served better to get some heavier, more robust beats on here seeing as how the project is called Day Of The Dead. They should have tried to scare the audience a bit with the sounds. All in all, not a bad album here though. Check it out.

 

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Xzibit, B-Real, & Demrick - Day Of The Dead

ACTION BRONSON – WHITE BRONCO

Action Bronson drops off a record that was a little disappointing. His bars are okay on here. I think he is at least shooting for par on that level, but I would have liked to have seen him go a little harder on the mic. He has those colorful and descriptive wild scenes that he seems to rhyme about, but it just didn’t really push the envelope for me. The lyrics were good, just not great. The beats on here were really a lower point overall. A lot of the beats feature guitars which is overkill after a certain point. There are way too many tracks that feature that. What it needed was some more tracks like the first 2 Blue Chips mixtapes. It would be nice to see Action Bronson team back up with Party Supplies to make another incredible record. Sure, it might sound like they are trying to reinvent the wheel, but when you strike gold, you keep digging for it. The highlight is “Swerve On Em” which features ASAP Rocky. This one is definitely the best beat on the project. So overall, this record doesn’t really have that much boom-bap feel to it like previous Bronson records. It’s at least listenable though.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Action Bronson - White Bronco

FAMILY BVSINESS – LLC EP

EPs are always harder to rate since they tend to be shorter so not a whole lot to say on this new 4 track EP from Family Bvisness. You have Crooked I and The Horse Shoe Gang spitting on here which is always gonna be dope. I think Crooked I stands out the most on here lyrically. They have some good content and some good themes. On “Fresh Out The Mud,” they rap about the struggle of getting on in the game and how far they have come so far in life and in the music industry. “Addiction” is another dope song that is about exactly what you would think it would be – being addicted to certain substances. The beats on this project are okay. I was expecting a little bit more on the production side, but they are decent. It would be better to give these EPs a rest and release a full length project to fully showcase the depth of Family Bvisness. I think that would be the best way to showcase their talent. Let’s hope we see something soon. So far so good as far as they are concerned.

 

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#crookedi #kxngcrooked #crookedintriago #thenotoriouscrdouble #cob #ssuttx2 #kxng #horseshoegang #hsg #shoegang #foreverCOB #COBboyz #lbc #slaughterhouse #kngcrook #crookedirobot #familybvisness #llcep #llc

 

Family Bvisness - LLC

BLACK EYED PEAS – MASTERS OF THE SUN VOL. 1

No one at all is checking for the Black Eyed Peas. No one. The streets aren’t looking for this. The clubs aren’t looking for this. You will not find the Black Eyed Peas on the side of a milk carton because no one at all is looking for them. That being said, this album is not good. You can tell they try to spit some bars but, they are so simplistic, it’s laughable. On every song, I just found myself wishing it was over. The beats are pretty much the same thing. I think they try to shoot for that old school vibe with beats and samples, but it just sounds like garbage. I’ve heard worse albums over the years, but this one is pretty damn bad. I know they have potential to make something at least halfway decent, but they just don’t do that anymore. Throw this record in your garbage disposal and just hope that your disposal doesn’t get offended by it.
OVERALL RATING: 0 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
#blackeyedpeas #bep #beps #iamwill #william #mastersofthesun #mastersofthesun1 #mastersofthesunvol1 #mots #motstour
Black Eyed Peas - Masters Of The Sun Vol. 1

TORY LANEZ – LOVE ME NOW

Tory Lanez delivers a new project that isn’t really anything too crazy here. It’s not that it is a bad album, it’s just easily forgettable. I wasn’t really feeling this project too much. I can see why people would get into it though. I do think there is a lyrical side to Tory Lanez and he shows us pieces of it here and there. On this project, you get more of the singing side of him, but you will get places where he gets lyrical with some bars. The beats are nothing too note-worthy. There really isn’t anything that you are going to be playing over and over again. Nothing is going to get stuck in your head on this project. Again, it’s not that this is bad, it’s just that I didn’t really vibe with the style on here. I’d probably say pass on this one.

 

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#torylanez #lovemenow #lmn #swavey #swavenation

 

Tory Lanez - Love Me Now

WESTSIDE GUNN – HITLER WEARS HERMES 6

Westside Gunn is back with another spooky installment of his Hitler Wears Hermes series just in time for Halloween which always seems to be fitting for his releases. Effortlessly, he drops another near classic like it is nothing. Every aspect of this album is dope. The lyrics are on point as Westside Gunn does what he does best on every single track. There aren’t a ton of features on here, but the ones he has are dope. Benny and Nick Grant drop some great verses on here. Benny definitely stands out as he sounds like he is going hard on this tape. Maybe he has something else coming shortly after? The beats on here are dope as hell too. Every track has that signature Griselda sound that the artists sound so great over. You really can’t ask for much more from this camp. Seemingly without trying, they consistently drop off quality material. You are definitely going to be playing this one over and over again.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#westsidegunn #flygod #hitlerwearshermes6 #hwh6 #gxfr #griselda #segang #spooky

Westside Gunn - Hitler Wears Hermes 6