Boot Camp Clik veteran Tek joins forces with producer Big Head Science to give us a new project. This one is pretty standard overall. The rhymes are about what you would expect from Tek. It’s a pretty short project also so there really wasn’t a lot of room to make a statement. You will get features from Raekwon, Peedi Crakk, Estee Nack, and more. The beats on here are pretty average as well. There’s nothing whack on here at all, but there’s really nothing that makes me want to hit that rewind button over and over again. This is good for a 1-time skim through.
Agallah releases a new project called ArtGawd Phoenix. The Brownsville native spits average, but hard and forceful bars overtop of some pretty average beats. There really isn’t too deep of content that you will find on here, but it’s not necessarily whack either. He gets some features from William Bostick, Cuzzo Sosay, Big Brother Biz, and Grea8Gawd. The beats on here are definitely mediocre. The song “Gloria From Astoria” has more of his cringe-worthy “singing.” That kind of stuff shouldn’t happen. You probably won’t find yourself playing the album back again too often, but it’s at least decent enough for a listen. All in all, this one is about on par for Agallah.
Mach Hommy drops off a new album that features Tha God Fahim pretty heavily. He is on every single song on the project so it might as well just have been a joint album. On the mic, Hommy is basically the same as he always is. There is a lot of gibberish rhymes but his voice is decent and his flow is good at times. Fahim represents more on this album with his rhymes and his flow. Hommy has other features from Your Old Droog and JuJu Gotti which are pretty decent. The beats on this album are pretty standard across the board. There really wasn’t anything that was mind blowing as far as the production goes. It definitely wasn’t whack with the beats though. All in all, this was a pretty standard album and you pretty much get what you expect with this one.
Tragedy Khadafi and BP join forces again for the second chapter of their Immortal Titans series. This one might be a slight step up from the first one. The rhymes seem to be a bit better and more focused. There is definitely more of a forceful delivery from both Tragedy and BP. I wouldn’t call these the best rhymes I ever heard, but they both do their thing. There are no features on this album at all. The production is okay as well. Again, these aren’t the best beats in the world, but they get the job done. This one is pretty middle of the road for most hip hop fans.
Mach Hommy & Tha God Fahim combine forces again to give us another new project. This one is pretty on par for their work together. You get what you expect with this one. I wouldn’t say that any of the bars are too rewind-worthy, but they hold their own. There are features from Your Old Droog, JuJu Gotti, and Big Cheeko. The beats on here are pretty average as well. There really aren’t any bangers on here, but at the same time, they don’t suck either. With 9 tracks, there was definitely room to try some things out. This one sorta fell right in the middle for their work.
This is a 5-track project from a newcomer Rello Dreamer and veteran MC Twista. On the mic, Twista sounds great as ever. He is spitting bars at break-neck speed which is always impressive to hear. He actually shines the brightest on this project without a doubt. Rello Dreamer is someone I never heard of and I wish I hadn’t. If this is something new you are thinking of getting into, please don’t. We have enough rappers and we don’t need any new ones. Please stop rapping and work somewhere else. Please. The beats on here were pretty average. They did choose the sample “We Are The Champions” even though Twista already rhymed over that beat before. Kind of weird move, but Twista saves the day. All in all, this should have been a Twista project and Rello Dreamer should have been hanging up flyers on poles about it. If you love Twista, you will want to check out this project. But not for any other reason than that.
Legendary MCs Mos Def and Talib Kweli join forces once again to give us a super long-awaited Blackstar album. This one fell pretty flat with what people wanted it to be. We wanted to hear that legendary sound they gave us on their first album. We wanted to hear the recapture that magic that they had together. On this new album, it just sounds so different. They have a weird echo on their voices throughout the entire project. It’s super light, but just sounds really weird. I wonder if it was not mixed that great in the studio. Talib Kweli actually sounds pretty fresh on the mic. His flow is great and he has seemed to have kept pace. Mos Def sounds a bit strange at time trading in some rhymes for chants instead. It just doesn’t sound like it used to. The production on here is pretty average. There aren’t any kinds of Brooklyn anthems or celebratory music for welcoming this group back. This one fell flat on fans ears and it wasn’t what we all wanted.
Cypress Hill drops their latest album entitled Back In Black. They are truly legends and I respect them so much. Sonically, this one just didn’t do it for me as much as past releases. B-Real and Sen Dogg sound good and their lyrics are decent. There really aren’t too many features on this album. The beats are okay, but it just doesn’t take me to the place where past Cypress Hill albums have. It almost sounds like they played it safe with this one and didn’t try to adventure out too far. The highlight on the album is probably “Open Ya Mind.” All in all, it’s not really a bad album, it just wasn’t quite what I wanted from them.
El Camino and Chase Fetti link up for this latest project. This one is pretty average and doesn’t really stand out a lot. The rhymes are average and about what you would expect. The beats are decent, but I really wouldn’t call anything classic on here. With only 7 tracks on the project, there really wasn’t a lot of room for error. Longer projects usually tend to do better. While this isn’t a whack album at all (it’s actually a decent listen), it’s not really one that we are going to have on repeat either. There is no “wow factor.”
Hus Kingpin gives us another album that is definitely strange to the listen. On this offering, he has beats that sample some of Bjork’s music. This is definitely one of the strangest choices that I have heard in hip hop. He did this same sort of approach on his 2021’s Portishus album where he sampled a lot of the music from Portishead. This one definitely has a different sound to it than what you may be used to. The bars are decent throughout. You get features from Doza The Drum Dealer, Ambassador Rick, Niko Is, and more. I think the beats are a little strange, but they are not terrible. It’s definitely an eclectic sound and may not be for everybody. If nothing else, I like the creativity.
Mach Hommy drops 4 new songs. They are all definitely in his normal style for music. He has features on all of the tracks including Your Old Droog, Tha God Fahim, and more. The bars are weird. The beats are weird. Fans will probably love it, but for the casual rap fan, this one is gonna be out there for them. It’s definitely on par for how Mach Hommy normally operates. Some will love it and some will hate it.
Bodega Bamz teams up with V Don to give us a new project. This one was a little underwhelming. Bodega Bamz definitely rhymes with a lot of energy, but the bars were probably not as good as they should have been. It’s not that there are whack bars at all, it’s just that they weren’t quite up to par with a lot of other MCs out there. The beats were okay. I didn’t really hear anything that I wanted to rewind back and hear again. This was pretty much an average album without any real outstanding tracks. It plays through once and it’s over. No love lost at all though. You can’t win them all.
Shabazz The Disciple comes back at us with another project. This one is probably going to be a bit too far out there for casual rap fans. The rhymes are Shabazz’s signature style of mixing biblical references with with street raps. He definitely gives the Red Hook point of view on here. Although it is rather short at only 8 tracks, it feels like the project is longer than it really is. The beats on here are pretty standard. There really wasn’t anything that would be rewind worthy. This one is definitely not going to be for the casual rap fan. Only true fans and maybe fans of Wu-Tang affiliates will probably be feeling this one.
Hell Rell comes back with another new project for the streets. While it is absolutely refreshing to hear from any of the Diplomat members, Hell Rell falls a little short with this newest project. It sounds more like a trap record than the classic Diplomat sound and that can be disappointing. On the mic, Hell Rell isn’t bad. It’s just that he doesn’t sound as great as he once did. The beats on here are definitely the half that suffers more. It really is more reminiscent of the trap sound than anything else. All in all the record definitely needed some improvement. I think if Hell Rell went back to his roots, he could really create something hard. Until then, we just have to hope for that record.
Agallah drops off another new project and this one is pretty average for him. His bars aren’t really anything special here. He does bring a lot of energy to the mic which is always good, but there really aren’t a lot of deep or insightful lyrics or punchlines at all. The beats on here are pretty standard as well. There really wasn’t anything that stood out amongst the others. At only 7 tracks, it is a quick listen and goes pretty fast. Not his best work ever, but not really the worst either.
A blast from the past comes at us this time from the old school horrorcore group The Flatlinerz. They team up with producer Shaka Amazulu The 7th to give us a new project for Halloween which is super appropriate. I hadn’t heard of this group in at least 20 years and I thought they were long gone so seeing them come back was dope. I wish the album would have been a bit better than it was though. I am not quite sure if horrorcore has its place in 2021 but it was great hearing someone try to do it. I think they made a good effort, but it just didn’t turn out the way it should have. The bars are okay and definitely deal with some interesting subject matter like the devil and demons and the like. They get some features from another horrorcore group The Gravediggaz on the track “Gravelinerz” which also should have turned out a bit better than it did. The production on here is okay. I did like the slightly demonic slant that it has on some of the beats. They should have leaned into everything more. If you are going to go a little bit, might as well go all the way. All in all, not a terrible effort, just wanted more out of it. Let’s hope they continue to make music because this would be great to see a slamming horrorcore album in 2022.
Spice 1 delivers a brand new project just right for Halloween. On the mic, Spice 1 does his normal thing. He doesn’t really have any mind-bending bars. it’s more about his flow and delivery than anything else. He’s got a bunch of features from artists like Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, The Game, Twista, Kurupt, and more. The beats on here definitely sound more sinister and perfect for Halloween. They have a bit of a West Coast slant towards them as is appropriate. Overall, this is a pretty average album, especially for Spice 1. He’s basically hitting for par on this one.
Tech N9ne drops off his latest offering and this one isn’t as good as past albums. On the mic, Tech N9ne is a monster and able to rhyme bar after bar of mind-bending verses. It’s no question that he’s a fantastic lyricist. He gets features from Lil Wayne, E-40, Snow The Product, and even the actor/wrestler Dwayne The Rock Johnson (which is insanely weird). There are a ton of other lesser-known features as well. The beats on here are pretty mediocre, but also on par for a Tech N9ne album. There have been times in the past where he really knew how to create a well-crafted song, but that just didn’t really seem to happen on this one. I don’t know if it was just a fizzling out of the creative or what. All in all, this album probably won’t be received with as much fan fare as previous ones, but Tech N9ne fans may still rejoice.
Twista releases a darker sounding album with his latest effort. This one is definitely all about guns as the name of album suggests. His bars are definitely spit at breakneck speed and will have you hitting the rewind button to figure out what he said. There are a few features on here from the likes of Do Or Die, YungBuk, Black Rambo, and Church Boy Scotty. The beats on here are definitely darker and sinister sounding. They also certainly aren’t up to the level that they were at when Twista was getting beats from Kanye West. This one might not be for everyone, and it’s not Twista’s best work, but it shows he is still out here grinding.
Emilio Rojas drops off another installment of his Friday series. This one has 4 more joints for fans. Again, these are pretty average overall. There really isn’t anything that stands out a whole lot with these. The bars are okay. The beats are okay. There really isn’t too much flair or anything that will be played back a whole lot with this set. We keep checking out the series though!
B-Real drops a new album that really sounds like he is trying to appeal to a younger audience. On the mic, you get that signature nasal voice that we all love. His flows change up from song to song and you can tell he is trying to use the trap flow in songs like “Never Go Home.” I don’t quite think that that sound quite works. It’s weird when artists try to sound like current trends. You will get features from Freeway, Krayzie Bone, DJ Paul, Ty Dolla Sign, Berner, and more. The beats on here are pretty subpar and at times a little weird. “Never Go Home” basically sounds like a video game. This might not have been the best look for B-Real on his own. But we’ll always check for him because he is an OG.
Black Geez and Eto link up once again for a final chapter to their album trilogy. On the mic Black Geez is pretty simple and has a lot of one syllable rhymes. The rewind button will most likely not be utilized at all with the bars. On the production side of things, Eto does a pretty decent job. Three times in a row and I feel like they accomplished the same thing with each album. It’s very middle of the road and not much stands out on these. This is another one that will most likely be passed up.
Tyler The Creator teams up with DJ Drama to bring us this new album and it was actually a pretty decent listen throughout. It almost sounds like Tyler has reinvented himself a bit on this one. It sounds as if he has shed some of the weirdness to try to focus on creating more of a harder, grittier sound. His bars sound a little more focused. The production here is pretty decent as well. I think this is a project that definitely shows that Tyler is moving in a better direction. I think heads will appreciate the sound of this project more than previous ones. Having DJ Drama on here also lends some authenticity to it as well. Overall, not a bad job here by Tyler and Drama.
Young Buck puts out a quick new project at only 7 tracks. This one plays through very quickly and is pretty unremarkable overall. His bars are about what you would expect. There are 2 features from Tray8 and Oskie. The production on here is mostly trap beats and aren’t really anything to write home about. I wouldn’t call this a whack album. There just really isn’t anything on here that is going to stick with the listener. It’s not really worth a second listen either.
Napoleon Da Legend teams up with producer Akhenaton for a third installment of The Whole In My Heart series. This one was my least favorite of the 3. With the bars, Napoleon is always on top of his game. He is always able to deliver quality bars so there was no problem there. There were decent features especially from Nejma Nefertiti who I believe he will be working with on the next project. I wasn’t feeling the production as much on this one. The beats didn’t really resonate as much. I didn’t hear a joint that made me want to throw it on repeat. All in all, I wouldn’t call this a bad project at all. Napoleon is very talented and that usually shines through. This just wasn’t one of his better projects to me.