Lil Flip and CashStar deliver an album that is pretty standard for Lil Flip. There are 11 tracks on here in which Lil Flip gives us his regular Texas rhymes and flows. If nothing else, he is hitting for par with his delivery. The same pretty much goes for CashStar. He may not be incredible, but he gets the job done on the mic. There are features from Z-Ro, Lil Keke, Freon Icy Cold, and more. The production on this album is very similar to the vocals. There really isn’t anything incredible, but it plays through at least decently. This is a pretty standard album that fans of Lil Flip should be feeling.
I love Vado and he is super dope at rhyming. This new album falls a bit flat though. He has great bars and is an expert at rhyming. That part is definitely apparent. His flow is amazing as well. These songs sound a bit more flat than usual though. I’m not 100% sure what is missing, but there is something missing. He has features from fantastic guests such as Lloyd Banks, Dave East, Jim Jones, and more. The beats on here are decent, but just don’t really stand out amongst the masses. There is almost a boredom factor with this one. I don’t want it to be like this, but it’s easy to get lost with this one. It’s almost like he is checking boxes just to make sure they are checked. I’m definitely hoping future endeavors will step up the quality factor.
Lil Flip delivers a new album called Fondren Flip. He has more of a laid back flow on this new project. He is still giving us those Houston, Texas style rhymes to the fullest though. You will get features from Devin The Dude, Dem Roots Music, Live Sosa, and Lashae Love. The production on here is pretty standard overall. We don’t really get a slamming Texas anthem on here, but there are some decent tracks nonetheless. All in all, it’s a pretty standard Lil Flip album. Fans will probably enjoy this one.
Lecrae delivers a new album called Church Clothes 4. Much like his other albums, he seems to “put the medicine in the candy” by delivering his message disguised as beats and flows that sound like today’s modern rap music. He has down south beats, trap beats, and boom bap style beats that he rhymes over. He also switches up his flows to match each song which is either very talented or desperately trying to sell out. I will let the listeners determine what they think because I can see it going either way. There aren’t any huge features on here, but you will hear from PJ Morton, Jordan L’Oreal, Andy Mineo, and more. There are some highlights on this album. One of the standout songs is “Take Me Up” which spins a sample of Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “Tha Crossroads.” “Journey” is another song that stands out as very uplifting and has some good bars to it. All in all, Lecrae seems to have redeemed himself a bit since his last project earlier this year. I’d really like to see him find himself as an artist and really develop his own lane. Not a bad job though on this one.
Wiz Khalifa and the rest of the Taylor gang team up to drop this quick 8 track EP for fans. This one plays through rather quickly and has a pretty consistent vibe throughout the whole thing. There’s not really a ton to go over with this one. The lyrics are about what you would expect from Wiz Khalifa. Features include Chevy Woods, 6AM, Ty Dolla Sign, and more. The beats are pretty consistent as you go through the album. There are times where it almost sounds like you are listening to the same song over and over again and you can’t really even differentiate between songs. That aside, it’s not really a bad project. This is probably more of a one and done set, but it’s still worth a listen.
Willie The Kid comes through with his third chapter of his Deutsche Marks series. If you know his style, then you pretty much know what you are in for on the lyrical side. He tells us about his opulent lifestyle in a clever way. You will get features from Ransom, Rome Streetz, Eto, and more. As far as the production goes, there are some interesting and different samples that you will hear on here. V Don definitely tries to give us a unique sound that you won’t hear anywhere else. There are a lot of strange samples and interesting music pieces throughout this odd, but dope album. All in all, I think Willie The Kid and V Don give us another dope brick on the house. The combination always seems to work.
Snoop Dogg teams up with DJ Drama to deliver another Gangsta Grillz album entitled: I Still Got It. Whether Snoop still “has it” or not might be debatable, but the one thing that is for sure, he is easily the most recognizable and most marketable rapper out there. He’s a legend and has been around forever and every undertaking he takes on he succeeds at. On this project, he spits the same old kind of bars that you are used to hearing by now. He does get some features from Daz, Kurupt, Dave East, Juicy J, and more. As far as the production goes, this album definitely has more of a West Coast slant to it. It is good to hear Snoop over more of a classic West Coast sound anyway. All in all, this is not Snoop’s best work to date, but it’s also not his worst. This is hitting for par for both Snoop and DJ Drama.
Armani Caesar from Griselda comes back with the follow-up to her debut album with The Liz 2. On this album, she continues what she started on the first project but showing us how rich and glamourous she is. The first lady of Griselda may not exactly sound the same as the rest of the MCs on the label, but she defines her position and reps the team nicely. She may not be as lyrically skilled, but somehow, it works overtop of the Griselda sound. She gets features from Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny, Stove God Cooks, Kodak Black, and more. The beats on here are a mix of Griselda beats in the beginning and some club style trap beats towards the end. All in all, she does a decent job at creating an album. Some may say that there is a lack of content on this project, but it can be fun at times also. Not the best Griselda album ever, but probably not the worst either.
El Camino drops a new project that is very quick. It is over almost before you know it began. He does his thing lyrically for the most part. You pretty much get what you expect from El Camino. For features, he enlists Jae Skeese, Trav, Chanel, and Madhattan. The production on here is rather laid back overall. You aren’t going to get any boom bap beats on here. Rather, you get decent samples and lo-fi beats. It’s not really a bad project at all, I just think that there is some room for improvement on this one.
Fredro Starr gives us a super quick new album that is entirely produced by himself. As far as the bars, he is at least decent and consistent the whole way through. He’s got some decent bars, but nothing mind blowing. Featured artists include Jonny Vulgar, Mac Mason, Harrd Luck, and more. Fredro produced every track on here and used jazz samples on every song. It’s a more simple and laid back vibe to it as opposed to the hard-hitting Onyx albums. All in all, not a bad album. Nothing really rewind-worthy on here, but at the same time, not whack at all.
Milano joins forces with the ever-eerie Big Ghost Ltd for a brand new album. As far as the rhymes go, Milano demonstrates a straightforward delivery. I think he is at least hitting for par with his showcase here. There are features from Crimeapple, Daniel Son, and Rigz. The beats on here are pretty decent as well. This might not be the best work ever from Big Ghost, but he is definitely capable. This is a decent album that I don’t think will get a ton of replay, but hip hop fans may still appreciate it.
Napoleon Da Legend drops a new project that is Anime-inspired. I’m a huge fan of NDL and most of the things he does, but every once in a while, he drops a project that is just not for me. This one was a bit different from previous releases. His rhymes are top notch. That is something that never changes. I think that this is just a realm that is not meant for me on this project. The beats are definitely a lot different than what would be considered the norm for music today. I think NDL does his best when he is ripping through some boom bap style beats, but this project doesn’t really have any of that. This is probably a project that is going to be more geared towards anime fans, and that is definitely not me. I’m absolutely certain that there is an audience for this, it is just going to be more of a niche audience and that is ok. This one just wasn’t for me. NDL always has my allegiance and loyalty though and I will definitely be checking out the next installment.
Planet Asia teams up with producer NugLife to bring us a quick new project. This one is only 7 tracks and is pretty laid back overall. This is definitely going to be the project that you smoke to right here. Planet Asia delivers his signature exquisite, pyramid bars that we have grown used to. NugLife gives us piano and horn heavy beats that are a bit more laid back so as to take a break from life. If you need to just sit back and relax and think out your life plan, this will be the soundtrack to that moment there. Another dope Planet Asia venture to add to the house.
DJ Khaled drops his 13th studio album and just like all the rest, it is chock full of features that look amazing on paper. He always gets features from the biggest names in the game including Drake, Kaney West, Eminem, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, Future, and many, many more. The one verse that everyone was waiting for was the verse from Jay-Z on the title song “God Did.” Clocking in at about 4 minutes, this is the overwhelming highlight of the entire album. The lord supreme MC one-taked his feature and it is definitely one of his best recently. God must really be in the booth with him when he spits his verses. It really is next level to everyone else out here. There are a few other slight highlights to this album. Jadakiss’ verse on “Jadakiss Interlude” is another example of how great Jada is. The guy never flops ever. The track “Beautiful” featuring Future and SZA is a pretty decent one as well. This one may wormhole it’s way into your ear and straight through to your brain. Overall, this wasn’t his best album at all. There are a lot of missteps. There are definitely a lot of terrible features from rappers like Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Takeoff, Quavo, Kodak Black, and many more. Basically, if it wasn’t for Jay-Z, this one would pretty much be a flop. Let’s honor our great artists and give them the credit they deserve.
This is a very different sounding album that is not going to be for everyone out there. If you are familiar with Roc Marciano, you know how his style is. He is smooth with the rhymes and never runs out of words and phrases to rhyme together. He does his thing on the mic and it is definitely not like anyone else. He has a unique style. He gets some verses from Action Bronson, Boldy James, and more. Alchemist does a good job at complementing Roc Marci’s unique style with very different-sounding beats. These are definitely not your standard Alchemist beats. Again, this album won’t be for everyone, but definitely give it a listen and you may find something you like.
The Game drops a new album that is insanely long at 31 tracks. I am a big fan of The Game, but this album didn’t really live up to his standard. With albums under his belt like The Documentary and The RED Album, he really shouldn’t be putting out mediocre work. It is chock full of features and name drops as usual. You get features from Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Twista, Jeremih, Ty Dolla Sign, and countless others. On the mic, Game is decent. I really wanted him to drop more jewels, but he seems to be missing those moments on here. There are a few here or there, but most messages probably get lost in the sheer size of this project. The production is pretty average as well. There are a few moments that are decent when he flips some old tracks and tries to make them new again. Even that can get exhausting at times. All in all, Game needed some more work on this project. I’d like to see a more focused project next time. Give us some moments and make those moments count.
Paul Wall and Baby Bash team up again for another album. This one went a bit better than last time. On the mic, Paul Wall does his Houston, TX thing and spits the bars that we have grown to expect from him. He does a good job showcasing the culture. Baby Bash isn’t as bad on this go round either. It’s almost like he redeemed himself from last time. You get some features from Slim Thug, LE$, GT Garza, and more. The music on this project is pretty decent overall. It definitely sounds like they were trying to shoot for a more radio friendly sounding album with a lot of the songs on here. They might have been shooting to make a lot of singles on here as well. Most songs are definitely more up tempo. All in all, this one wasn’t too bad. Not really a bad listen for all you weed smokers out there.
Spectacular MC Wordsworth teams up with producer Kelzwiththaheat to bring us a brand new album. I’m all about Wordsworth and I respect him so much. He is fantastic with the wordplay and the rhymes. Even on this album, he is flipping lines like none other. He is dropping a lot of jewels and a lot of life lessons on this deeply introspective album. There are a lot of features from some dope vocalists. The production on here is pretty decent as well. It was pretty middle of the road and a good listen. As much as it pains me to say it, because I really like Wordsworth a lot, I wanted to see him get a little more free with his words. Instead of sticking to some much positivity, mix it up a bit. Tell us some stories. Make a song about a simple topic and explain it well. Make a song comparing two things. Just flex that lyrical muscle a bit more. Something reminiscent of the Lyricist Lounge show, but updated times. I really think he would be able to show us what he does best like that. All in all though, this was a good effort and worth a listen.
Snoop Dogg drops a brand new playlist for the summer on the old Death Row imprint. This one is a bit of a mixed bag. You have a lot of different musical styles represented on here. There’s some rap, R&B, funk, Latin, and more for everyone’s listening taste. There are ton of features on here from some classic West Coast artists like to Dogg Pound to newcomers like October London. There definitely is a summer vibe that is present on here but I don’t think it translates through to every single track. It’s a decent listen, but some tracks could have been cast aside. It’s definitely a good idea in theory, but would have been better with a little bit more curation. Not a bad effort overall though.
French Montana teams up with Harry Fraud to give us a new project that has been doper than previous releases. French Montana might not be the most lyrical MC out there, but there are times where he can paint a vivid picture. His bars are pretty average for the most part on this latest record. He gets some pretty bad features from lackluster artists such as Babyface Ray, EST Gee, and Quavo. Harry Fraud does his thing and gives us some quality tracks to bop to. The highlight of this project is the well-assisted “Bricks & Bags” which features Benny and Jadakiss. This is the type of music we want from French Montana. All in all, not really a bad record all together and probably better than some of his other releases.
The legendary MC Ren from the almighty group NWA returns in 2022 with a brand new album for fans. This one is a bit short at only 8 tracks. On paper, it sounds like an amazing idea to get a new MC Ren album and in practice, it might not be as great as we wanted it to be, but it’s still intriguing to hear. Ren sounds strong on the mic. He definitely still has the force that he had back in the day. You can tell he sounds older, but still has that menacing and “in-control” sound. You will get features from West Coast legends like Ras Kass, Kurupt, Jayo Felony, and more. The beats are pretty decent overall. They are more forceful than anything else. The highlights on here include “Keep It Gangsta” which sets the tone right from the jump. Another highlight is the posse cut “The Anthem” which features Jayo Felony, Cold 187um, Ras Kass, & J-Dee from Da Lench Mob. This has a slamming beat and all of the MCs definitely take care of the beat. All in all, this was a decent release from a true West Coast veteran.
Tom Gist teams up with Penz to give us a quick 5 track EP. We haven’t heard much from Tom Gist lately, but I can’t tell you how hyped we are to hear from him. He is incredibly underrated and wish he would put out more music on a wider scale that is easier to find. On the mic, Tom Gist is magic. When you stop and really listen to what he is saying, it’s easy to see how great and introspective he can really be. Penz is pretty dope as well, don’t get it twisted. Tom Gist is just next level though. The beats on this album are about average. I’d like to hear Tom Gist over some Heatmakerz type tracks but we will get anything we can at this point. 5 quick tracks for fans to appreciate here and we hope there is a lot more to come!
Tom Gist and A-Clay team up to give us a new quick 7 track project. This one almost sounds more like a demo tape than a studio album. As far as the bars go, Tom Gist is on top of his game. His bars are really dope and he is such an underrated talent. A-Clay doesn’t quite hold a torch to Tom Gist but he holds his own. The beats on here weren’t the best, but they weren’t the worst either. I think Tom Gist would really benefit from a full length studio album with quality producers. Get that man over top of some Heatmakerz beats and let him bear his soul.
Rampage from the almighty Flipmode Squad drops a brand new project called The Quarantine Chronicles. It seems like he had some time on his hands with the quarantine so he decided to touch the fans again. As far as his bars go, they are certainly not the best ones out there, but they are decent. They do show his thoughts and creativity during these times though. He definitely drops some jewels and some real feelings on some of these songs. The production on here is definitely the stronger side of the coin. There are some really well produced tracks for Rampage to flow over. I almost wish he had some more features on here to hear other rappers get down on the tracks. All in all, not a bad album at all. It’s a quick listen at only about a little over a half hour. Flipmode Squad fans rejoice because this will be dope to them.
Agallah releases a brand new album that is pretty decent. As far as the rhymes, these are pretty on par for him. He spits hard and forceful rhymes so that competitors know he is not to mess with. There are features from Fashawn, Supreme Cerebral, Bub Styles, and even a vocal clip from the late, great Michael K. Williams. The production is okay. There is nothing really classic, but there is definitely nothing whack at all. Highlights include “The Fire” featuring Skip Lyve and “I Chose Violence” featuring Bub Styles. All artists involved definitely go hard on those tracks. Not a bad job here for Agallah.