Benny comes back with an absolute hard as nails album with this one. What a fantastic job by the Griselda shooter here. You got just about everything you need with this project. The rhymes are insanely good. He is so good at spitting these hard and realistic street bars. I’d put him in the same category as Styles P with how raw and talented he is. Every bar is finely crafted with the most elegant street talk but also clever as all hell. His rhyme scheme is stepped up with every release he has nowadays. The beats by Daringer are great on here as well. They really have that dark and sinister feel to them as Benny tramples all over them with the rhymes. You almost get the feel of walking down a dark alley with that pistol on your side trying to make a hand-to-hand deal without getting caught by the police. Notable songs on here include “Who Are You” featuring Royce Da 5’9″. Benny’s verse on here is just top notch. Dude is really killing it on the mic. The Intro to the album is another really dope beat that sets the tone for the whole project. From beginning to end, there aren’t really many low points on this album. This is definitely one to check out.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#benny #bennybsf #bennythebutcher #tanatalk3 #tanatalk #griselda #gxfr #segang #buffalo


Benny - Tana Talk 3


Paul Wall is back with a great mixtape for your listening pleasure. This is a really dope release that really captures the Houston sound. He takes some existing popular tracks and mixes in a few new ones here and there and we are left with a great experience. Lyrically, he definitely fills the project with all of the Houston slang that we love. He might not be the most gifted lyricist, but he sounds good when he is spitting that Texas game. The tracks that he flipped sound real good as well. He put the Texas touch on some great songs like “Smile Bitch” and “Boo’ed Up.” He really makes the singles his own and shows you how it is done in Houston. This is a great project to throw on while you are travelling and really plays through well. Keep up the great work Paul Wall.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#paulwall #paulwallbaby #frozenface #frozenfacevol1 #frozenface1 #djhic #djhi-c #houston #texas


Paul Wall - Frozen Face Vol. 1


First off, I love the idea of calling this project The Upstage. That is pure brilliance right there. You know that is in direct reference to the Diplomats project coming out on the same day. I don’t know why these dudes were left off of the Diplomat project. They were all integral parts of that whole camp’s success. To have a reunion and just leave them out is just sacrilege. With this project though, I think they honestly may have done what they set out to do and upstage Cam, Jim, and Juelz. Lyrically, they are all spitting that classic Diplomat fire on this project. The lyrics on here are definitely better than the the ones on the Diplomat project. You get top notch bars and metaphors from all of them. They are very clever and well thought-out. This was the kind of spitting we were used to back when they were doing their thing as a camp. The beats on this one were decent. I think over time, they lost a lot of the momentum and aren’t as hot out in the industry as they once were. This doesn’t allow them as easy as access to the hottest beats out there. Nonetheless, there are some dope tracks on here. If nothing else, this project is consistent. That is hard to do nowadays, but they have managed to do it. They showed everyone that they don’t need the big doggs to continue to spit heat. I really hope we see a lot more work from everyone in Dipset and I hope that they can all work together again as they did in the past.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#diplomats #dipset #harlem #jrwriter #jrwriter_ #zeus #thunda #hellrell #therealhellrell #ruga #mrrugadashoota #40cal #fortycal #theupstage #upstage


JR Writer, Hell Rell, & 40 Cal - The Upstage


9th Wonder put together a fantastic project here with a ton of fresh talent. These are the kinds of new projects that people look forward to hearing. New and dope fresh voices with talent are abundant on here. Overall, the lyrics are dope on here. You have some of the best artists you can find today in the likes of Rapsody, Conway, Elzhi, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Busta Rhymes, J. Cole, Ruben Vincent, Actual Proof, Ian Kelly, and tons more. If you want dope bars, you came to the right place. And of course the production part of this project would be sewn up with 9th Wonder overseeing the whole thing. You definitely don’t have to worry about that part. That piece is handled. There are hype tracks and then there are ones that are a bit more laid back and funky, but still dope. If you wan new and fresh, you definitely don’t want to miss this album.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#9thwonder #jamlaisthesquad2 #jamlaisthesquadii #jamlaisthesquad #jamla #jamlarecords


9th Wonder - Jamla Is The Squad II


If there was an instruction manual on how to create dope hip hop music correctly, it would sound pretty much like this album. What a dope collaboration between a talented veteran MC in Masta Ace and an amazing producer in Marco Polo. They really come together to create some super dope music. There is no question that Masta Ace can rap. He creates Brooklyn bars as concise and as artful as possible. Marco Polo complements him on the production side of things with some really dope boom bap beats for Masta Ace to rock over. The best track on this huge 19 track offering is “Get Shot.” The beat is perfectly crafted with clever vocal samples from Jay-Z and ODB. This is a great album for those true hip hop fans that want that classic, boom-bap sound.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#mastaace #mastaaceincorporated #mastaaceinc #emc #juicecrew #crooklyndodgers #brooklyn #borntoroll #sittinonchrome #marcopolo #marcopolobeats #abreukelenstory


Masta Ace & Marco Polo - A Breukelen Story


Ty Dolla Sign teams up with Jeremih to create a dope new album for fans that have been waiting for this collaboration for a long time. The two of these crooners sound great on collaborations so why not do a whole project together? This really isn’t a project that you can judge the lyrics on. If you are familiar with their work, you know that they are game-spitting about women, partying, and the rich and lavish lifestyle. They make it sound good on records. The beats on here are pretty dope. I think they did a good job with picking records to revamp and originals to make that suit their needs. There is a rendition of Biggie’s “Fucking You Tonight” that sounds pretty good with these two on it. Another dope original record to check for is “Ride It.” It has a simple yet hypnotizing beat which they handle pretty well. The highlight of this record is “New Level” though. This one is far and above the best song on the project and will instantly get stuck in your head and get stuck in rotation around the country. Cop this long-awaited project and see what you think.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#tydollasign #tydolla$ign #$ #taylorgang #teamdolla #jeremih #thumpyjohnson #mihty

Ty Dolla Sign & Jeremih - MihTy


An unlikely pairing leads to a genuinely banging project with this one. The DITC veteran spitter OC teams up with the Blahzay Blahzay producer PF Cuttin and created some hard East Coast sounds for your eardrums. OC definitely does his thing on the mic like he always does. He is like a varsity letterman at an Ivy League school as he shows us what elite rapping is like. He drops jewels on us time and time again and this project is no different. PF Cuttin matches OC efforts on the production side of things. His beats are definitely reminiscent of the boom bap era. The stand out quality is that it sounds like you are almost listening to live drums which is pretty dope. The highlights on this project include the eerie “Beneath The Planet Apes” which feels like you are walking through a post-apocalyptic jungle and the almost church-like “Get In Line.” Both of these tracks are absolutely slamming. If you pass on this one, then I really don’t know what to tell you.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#oc #o.c. #ditc #ditcstudios #therealocizzle #diggin #bronx #blahzayblahzay #realblahzay #pfcuttin #eastnewyork #eastny #opium

OC & PF Cuttin - Opium