SHABAZZ THE DISCIPLE – KING DAVID

Shabazz The Disciple drops a quick new project clocking in at 7 tracks. This is definitely going to be something that is not for everyone. On the mic he spits his spiritual mixed with street rhymes. His flow is okay but can sometimes be unconventional. The content is heavy throughout and may not resonate with the masses. The production on here is decent, but again, not going to be something for the casual rap fan. This one is definitely out there and only going to be for a select audience. If you are familiar with Shabazz The Disciple, this one might be up your alley then.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#shabazzthedisciple #shabazz #shabazzdisciple #seraphimshabazz #sunzofman #sunzofmanwu #wu-tangclan #wutangclan #wutang #wu-tang #wutangforever #wtc #kingdavid


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TROY AVE – THE SUNDAY SERVICE

This new Troy Ave definitely has a feel of being at church with the drops by the pastor and with the seemingly church-like samples scattered throughout the album. There are a lot of problems throughout this one. We don’t want to hear Troy Ave sing. He doesn’t sound good doing it, yet he continues to do it. Please stop singing. The interludes where he goes off on a rant about things get way too long. We don’t want that either. The track “Amen” samples Will Smith’s “Gettin Jiggy With It.” We don’t want to hear a so-called street rapper rapping over a beat like that. That is just a horrible choice. While he may have good intentions, it’s a poor execution for this project. Was hoping for a lot more from Troy Ave but we are let down yet again.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#troyave #rolandcollins #dopeboytroy #nupac #bsb #bsbrecords #powder #thesundayservice #tss


TROY AVE – GOD IS GREAT PAPER STRAIGHT

This project from Troy Ave seemed to get shorter and shorter as it went along. On the mic, Troy Ave is pretty basic with the rhymes. There really wasn’t anything that was rewind-worthy on here at all. You won’t hear anyone saying “Oh did you hear those new Troy Ave bars?” Nobody is saying that. At the same time, I have definitely heard a lot worse out there. The beats were decent. I think he has the right idea with the beats. It’s just that he doesn’t flesh the ideas out into real songs. Rapping for a minute over and over and over again isn’t really a talent. Anybody out there can do that. I think Troy Ave is capable of more, it’s just that he isn’t practicing it.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#troyave #rolandcollins #dopeboytroy #nupac #bsb #bsbrecords #powder #godisgreatpaperstraight #gigps


JAE MILLZ – DON’T CALL NOW

Jae Millz dropped a new album and this one sorta fell back a few steps from previous joints. Usually Jae Millz comes with good bars and picks some good beats. This one fell back on both accounts. It’s not terrible, but he definitely took a few steps back. His bars aren’t as impressive as previous songs that he has done. The beats sound a lot more simplistic as you listen through this one also. The worst song on here is the obvious reworking of the song “Under The Sea” from The Little Mermaid titled “Under The Sheets.” C’mon dog, NOBODY is rapping over Little Mermaid. Nobody. While this isn’t a terrible album, it’s not quite where we want to see Jae Millz at. Hopefully we will see some better work with the next one.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#jaemillz #jae_millz #millzy #youngmoney #harlem #dontcallnow #dcn


BIZZY BONE – WAR OF ROSES

Bizzy Bone drops a new album that isn’t too great. On the mic, he spits his normal, fast-paced bars. Everyone wants that old classic Bone Thugs sound, but it seems that they just can’t seem to recapture those melodies. There are times throughout this album where Bizzy almost sounds like he used to back in the days, but we just don’t seem to get any songs on the level of the classics. The beats on here are probably the better part of the album. I think there are some decent tracks that are at least hitting for par. There really isn’t anything that is going to go on repeat though. This isn’t an album for everyone and it might not even be for hardcore Bone fans either. We’re hoping for better music later.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#bonethugsnharmony #bonethugs #btnh #bizzybone #thisisbizzybone #bizzy #cleveland #warofroses #wor


CURRENSY & ALCHEMIST – COVERT COUP

Currensy and Alchemist team up again for a new project and to be honest, this is not one of their better ones. On the mic, Currensy seems a little lazy. You will get features from Prodigy, Fiend, Smoke DZA, and Freddie Gibbs. The beats are really nothing too special at all. You aren’t going to hear any mind-blowing production on this album. It almost sounds like it wasn’t fully mastered either. It sounds a little quieter as far as the recording goes. The best song is “Full Metal” as this one actually has a pretty dope beat. Probably a good way to salvage the end of the album. This almost sounds like some throwaway songs that didn’t make the cut for another album. It’s not terrible, it’s just that it isn’t quite up to the standard we are used to.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#currensy #currensy_spitta #spitta #jetlife #spittaandretti #andretti #neworleans #nola #billionairesboysclub #currensyspitta #currency #rapsnlowriders #alchemist #thealchemist #alc #alcehmisttypebeat #covertcoup


PLANET ASIA – HOLY WATER

Planet Asia delivers a new album that sounds drastically different than previous releases. Quite honestly, this one has a much weirder sound than what we are used to. As far as the lyrics, we all know that Planet Asia is no slouch on the mic. He can definitely deliver bars. I think he was just trying out some different styles on this one. The beats are really far out there on this offering. They have just such a piercing and weird sound to them. The best track on here is “I Know You Know” featuring Yolanda Sargent. This one sounds like classic Planet Asia. A lot of the other tracks may be harder for people to get through as they might not be used to these sounds. We definitely respect Planet Asia but this was not one of his better offerings.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#planetasia #asiaticprince #planetasiamedallions #fresno #holywater


DJ KHALED – KHALED KHALED

DJ Khaled gives us yet “another one” with his latest project. This one falls pretty short of his prior releases. It seems like he just grabbed the biggest names he could find and just threw them on here in the hopes to get album sales without as much focus on the quality of the music. Sure, he has the huge song with Jay-Z and Nas on it called “Sorry Not Sorry,” but it didn’t turn out as regal as it should have. It’s a decent song, but I think we all expected more out of that song. A lot of the other songs on here borrow from past songs and just rework classic beats. Sure, those beats are good, but we’ve heard it before. We want something new. Newer rappers like Lil Baby and Lil Durk don’t really contribute much as they don’t have much talent to begin with. The best track on this album is the last one that features dancehall legends Buju Banton, Capleton, and Bounty Killer. Aside from that, there really isn’t a whole lot that is salvageable on here. Khaled really stopped paying attention to quality it seems like in an effort to just get album sales. But you can’t do that off just names alone.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#djkhaled #khaled #wethebest #wethebestmusic #khaledkhaled


SAIGON – PAIN, PEACE, & PROSPERITY

Saigon drops a sizeable new project for 2021 and this one falls kind of flat. At 19 tracks, there was plenty of opportunity to crush the mic and to create some memorable songs, but it just didn’t really happen on this project. Lyrically, the potential is definitely there with Saigon. On his 777 album last year, he definitely killed it. On this one, he doesn’t really spit the same caliber bars as previous efforts. The beats are average to subpar. There aren’t really any bangers on here that are going to stick around awhile. It almost seems like he was trying to cater to a younger audience with the sound and it didn’t really pan out that well. Although this might not be the best effort, Saigon definitely has it in him and we hope for better on the next go round.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#saigon #therealsaigon #painpeaceandprosperity #painpeace&prosperity #ppp


PHAROAHE MONCH & TH1RT3EN – A MAGNIFICENT DAY FOR AN EXORCISM

This was definitely a huge turn from the norm. Pharoahe Monch links up with a band called Th1rt3en to give us this brand new album. This one is full of things that you don’t normally hear. When undertaking a task like that, it can be a huge gamble as to how a project will be received. On the mic, Pharoahe Monch is impressive and versatile as ever. His bars and his flow are just fantastic. This is really the strong point of this album. The production was probably pretty decent, but was not meant for me. It is filled with heavy guitar rifts and more of a rock feel on most of the beats. That kind of style is okay every once in awhile, but I get sick of it quick. It got to be too much for me early on in the album. The best track is “Cult 45” with it’s masterful lyrics and dope beat. All in all, this was probably a decent album, but not something that I would keep in rotation.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#pharoahemonch #th1rt3en #channelth1rt3en #amagnificentdayforanexorcism #amdfae


WIZ KHALIFA – #FUCC2020

Wiz drops off a new mixtape right as the year changes over. This one is rather weak compared to other releases that he has had. With 24 tracks, he shows us a bunch of “half-songs” that a lot of them barely get to 2 minutes long. His bars are pretty standard. You’re getting the same old Wiz Khalifa on every song with talking about smoking weed and partying with crew. The beats on here are pretty standard as well. The whole tape kind of blends together as a lot of the songs sound similar. It really sounds like a lot of throwaway songs or demos that just didn’t make the cut. Skipping over this project, you won’t really be missing out on anything.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#wizkhalifa #wiz #letterman #khalifakush #taylorgang #pittsburgh #djdaddykat #fucc2020


CHANCE THE RAPPER & JEREMIH – MERRY CHRISTMAS LITTLE MAMA: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

Chance The Rapper teams up with Jeremih and they provide us with a new project for the holidays. I thought this one would have been better than it actually was. It’s definitely a Christmas album and it has a bit more of a somber tone to it. When Chance rhymes I really thought he would have had better bars, but they were pretty average, if not below average. Jeremih sounds good singing hooks, but he didn’t really have those powerful and memorable moments on here like he should have. They flipped some classic Christmas songs and reworked some to fit their direction, but it just didn’t translate as well as it should have. I’d probably pass on this project.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#chancetherapper #chanceraps #chicago #jeremih #merrychristmaslittlemama #thegiftthatkeepsongiving


J HOOD – NOTHING BUT BARS

J Hood delivers a project that doesn’t feature him at all, but rather a bunch of new up-and-comers. To be quite honest, this project is very average. There really isn’t anything that stands out on here at all. All of the rappers are pretty basic and pretty much come a dime a dozen. You’re not really going to hear any bars that make you want to hit that rewind button. As far as the beats, they are decent. There’s nothing that is going to go down in the hip-hop hall of fame or anything, just standard beats. So if you are interested in hearing some new voices, this is the project for you. Just don’t expect any superstars.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#j-hood #jhood #jaehood #tharealjhood #4thlok #yonkers #nothingbutbars


TROY AVE – WHITE CHRISTMAS 8

Troy Ave drops another installment of his White Christmas series, somehow getting to an 8th chapter of it. For the most part, this project is pretty whack. He does his sing-songy raps over some beats and thinks it is what the streets want. He has skits in there by a pastor which is cool and then one saying he needs truckers to haul stuff. Okay. It’s pretty much another disappointing Troy Ave self-promotion commercial. The one track I gotta give a lot of credit to is “The Angela Story.” This beat goes hard as hell and Troy actually sounds pretty dope over it. You give us 10-12 of those joints as a project, then you will be cooking with grease. Let’s hope he turns the corner and goes back to the streets with the sound.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#troyave #rolandcollins #dopeboytroy #nupac #bsb #bsbrecords #powder #whitechristmas8 #whitechristmas


JAY BEZEL – MONEY BAG MOB’N

Jay Bezel releases a brand new mixtape and this one definitely sounds more like a demo than a mixtape. He has always been a dope lyricist and that is still evidenced on this new release. It just doesn’t have that same classic Diplomat sound that his previous releases have had. He definitely took a step backwards with the production side. It really is a shame because Jay Bezel is a beast on the mic. He needs the right beats to bring it out of him. The ones on this project simply didn’t cut it like they should. This one definitely plays through more like an unmixed street demo rather than what we all envision it should sound like. We’re definitely hoping for a better outcome on his next one.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#jaybezel #bezel #philadelphia #philly #illadelph #diplomats #dipset #moneybagmobn


KENSHO KUMA – LINEAGE OV THE LYRICIST

This album sounded like it would be good just based off of the title. Was that the case? Not exactly. This album can be broken down into two parts. The lyricism I definitely wasn’t feeling too much. I was hoping for top tier and complex rhymes, but it definitely didn’t go that way at all. It sounded more like a college kid that decided to be a rapper for a semester. Kensho seems like one of those rappers that chooses to enunciate every single word to sound “edgy.” Then to start off the album promoting drug use? Real good for the kids. Like we haven’t heard that a million times over from all of these mumble rappers already. As far as the beats on this album, now that part was pretty damn good. There is a really good selection of beats on here, even some classics that he rhymes over. It was a shame that the rhymes didn’t match the beats more because the boom bap beats usually bring out the better side of an artist. I hope that this dude can do better in the future because he is definitely set up for success if he can sharpen up those rhymes.


OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#kenshokuma #lineageovthelyricist


SWIFTY MCVAY – 80 EMPIRE

Swifty is back with a new album and this one is quite different. He teams up with producers 80 Empire. They offer a sleepy, lackluster production on this one. A lot of the beats are littered with horns and 70s-esque basslines that often sound quite depressing. These were definitely not the type of beats that I wanted to hear Swifty over. He is a fantastic lyricist but, this was just not the lane for him. He did a good job with his bars, but I think they would have sounded better over different prodution. This is probably one to skip over.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#swiftymcvay #mcvayd12 #d12 #d-12 #dirtydozen #shadyrecords #eminem #detroit #80empire

 

Swifty McVay - 80 Empire

MASTER FUOL – MY LIFE (REVISITED)

Master Fuol hits us with a new album and this one is pretty out there. This is not going to be one for the casual rap fan. He has a lot of weird styles, but buried in there are some dope rhymes. Sometimes you really gotta dig for them, but you can hear them if you are listening closely. The music on here can be a bit weird at times, but I think he has a few on here that rap fans may enjoy. Again, this one is not going to be for everyone. This is for a specific audience and will probably not permeate through the masses.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#masterfuol #mylife

 

Master Fuol - My Life (Revisited)

JUICY J & SPLASH DREXLER – MONEY BANK

Juicy J teams up with possibly the worst rapper I’ve heard in a long time. Juicy J does his thing and gives us classic Juicy J rhymes to keep us all satisfied. Splash Drexler, on the other hand, I’m not sure this dude can put his pants on without help. His rapping is about as sloppy as it gets. He can’t rhyme on beat to save his life. His flow is straight trash. His wordplay is terrible. There is absolutely no substance in his rhymes at all. I’ve heard rocks rap better than he can. Why Juicy J ever chose to collaborate with this guy, I will never know. The beats on here are pretty decent overall. Juicy pretty much handles the first three quarters of the album and then this other clown comes in to ruin the rest of it. Most of the tracks sound like it would be a dope Juicy J album. To this fool Splash Drexler, please for the love of God, never rap again. You are destroying the culture. You aren’t good at it. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how many streams you have. Just stop rapping forever please. You are terrible at it. As for Juicy J, he does a great job on his part of this project. I’m going to rate it very poorly and it is only due to Splash Drexler.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#juicyj #therealjuicyj #three6mafia #36mafia #greensuicide #splashdrexler #moneybank

 

Juicy J & Splash Drexler - Money Bank

NAPOLEON DA LEGEND – AFROSTREET 2

Napoleon Da Legend releases another project that is quite different than his other works. He’s ridiculously talented on the mic and can spit some really dope bars. That is definitely apparent on this project. The production was different as there is more of an influence of afrobeats. Personally, I wasn’t feeling it too much. It’s not to say that it wasn’t good, it’s just that this record wasn’t meant for me. There were a few joints that were pretty decent like “16 Bit” and “For My Folks.” These tended to have more of a standard hip hop feel. While I might not have liked this album very much, there is an audience for it. I definitely look forward to the next thing coming from Napoleon Da Legend.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#napoleondalegend #napoleon #ndl #teamndl #afrostreet2 #afrostreet

 

Napoleon Da Legend - Afrostreet 2

PLANET ASIA & YARD MASSIVE – YARD TO THE LAST SONG

Planet Asia links with the group Yard Massive to release a new project. This one is a little underwhelming. Planet Asia has definitely always been a supreme wordsmith, but these other cats don’t seem to hold a candle to him on the mic. It was pretty sloppy as far as the bars. We weren’t too impressed here. The beats were average to maybe a little below average. For a positive, I’d say that some of the hooks are catchy, if nothing else. But just because something is catchy doesn’t automatically make it good. “These Lines” is a good example of a hook that will get stuck in your head. Overall, not a very good showing and we were hoping for a lot more out of this project.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#planetasia #asiaticprince #planetasiamedallions #yardmassive #yardtothelastsong #yttls

 

Planet Asia & Yard Massive - Yard To The Last Song

KOOL KEITH – SAKS 5TH AVE

Kool Keith drops another luxurious album. As always, he definitely has his signature eccentric and weird flow. Usually I’m not a huge fan of his bars, but with this one, I do kind of have to hand it to him. His braggadocio is top level throughout this project. He is telling you about everything he can afford and how he is going to take care of your girl better than you do. You definitely gotta respect that talk on some level. One area that really suffers is the hooks to the songs. Every hook is straight trash. He basically says the title of the song over and over for hooks. The beats on here are not the best ever either. There aren’t really any that you want to keep playing back over and over again. All in all, it was definitely a weaker effort, but as far as Kool Keith’s catalog goes, this one was definitely a little better than some of his past recent releases.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#koolkeith #ultraman7000 #droctagon #blackelvis #drdooom #saks5thave #saksfifthave

 

Kool Keith - Saks 5th Ave

SNOOP DOGG – I WANNA THANK ME

Uncle Snoop drops off something a little more subpar than usual with this project. By the 17th album, you would think that artists would know how to put a quality project, but even the veterans can sometimes slip. This album starts out decent but starts to slide downward as you get to about the middle of the project. Lyrically, Snoop isn’t really giving us anything too creative. It’s the same ol Snoop Dogg rhymes with his West Coast G-funk flow. We’re not really getting quality rhymes, but at the same time, I don’t think anyone really expects them either. The beats on here are a bit below average. I really wanted to hear that classic West Coast sound, but it just isn’t delivered by the production team. You do get occasional gems from Swizz Beatz, but there really isn’t too much more to get excited about. One part that did stand out was the track “Wintertime In June” which features the late Nate Dogg. It was good to hear him again. Towards the end of the project, it almost seems like Snoop hands the reins over to newcomers to showcase their talent by way of features. Sadly, we don’t get to see a whole lot of talent though. I don’t think Snoop put a lot of effort into this project. It certainly doesn’t sound like it. Hopefully we get something a little better next time.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#snoopdogg #snoopdoggydogg #lbc #snoop #doggystyle #doggiestyle #doggystylerecords #deathrow #deathrowrecords #musicmogulsbet #iwannathankme #iwtm

Snoop Dogg - I Wanna Thank Me

DRU DOWN – WELCOME 2 DRU’S WORLD

It’s been quite a while since Dru Down dropped a project. This new album is pretty average. On the mic, you’re not really gonna get anything too out of this world from Dru Down. He’s not really known for having anything crazy lyrical. The beats on here definitely give you a West Coast vibe. His flow probably matches that a little better than the actual lyrical content. It’s basically a pimp album from a pimp so you get all the related content. It’s not really a bad album at all, it’s just not going to go down in the hall of fame of albums.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#drudown #drudownpimpydo #drudown500 #bayarea #welcome2drusworld #w2dw

 

Dru Down - Welcome 2 Dru's World

FRENCH MONTANA & MAX B – COKE WAVE 4

French Montana joins the newly freed Max B for a bit of a mixed bag on this project. This definitely sounds like a mixtape should sound. You have some original songs and some mashups of verses over existing beats. It definitely sounds thrown together but, a lot of times, mixtapes should sound like that. Lyrically, don’t expect too much out of French or Max. Max B, at times, is almost annoying to the ears when he spits. French almost tries to mirror him throughout as well. I know French can do a better job because I have heard it. This one was a bit of a letdown though because of the bars. The production is either dope because it’s a pre-existing beat or it sounds like trash depending on the song. The duo actually sound dope over some of the beats. “Don’t Push Me” samples Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message.” “Double Trouble” samples Jadakiss’ “Kiss Of Death.” “Treat Em Right” samples Chubb Rock’s song of the same name. Both MCs actually flow great over these tracks, but then again, who wouldn’t sound good on such classic tracks. Other tracks like “Angel Of My Life” are unlistenable. I’d probably skip over this record or skim through it very quickly. It definitely is a mixed bag.

 

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#frenchmontana #cokeboys #cokewave #wavegods #badboy #haaaaan #maxb #maxbigavelli #cokeboys #cokewave4

French Montana & Max B - Coke Wave 4