NINE – KING

The 90’s “Whatcha Want” rapper Nine has returned with a brand new album produced entirely by The Snowgoons. This album is chock full of fantastic songs to keep your head nodding. Nine’s voice is just amazing and it drives a lot of his gritty and raw lyrics. He sounds like someone took a weed whacker, placed it on his vocal chords, and just let it rip. The outcome is a raw and scratchy voice that can spit street lyrics with the rest of them. The beats on this album are top notch. It’s hard to get better boom bap beats than the ones on this project. The lead single “The Revenent” is a perfectly crafted song to show the world that Nine is back to make the streets remember him. You absolutely can’t go wrong with this project. You will definitely have this one bumping in the whip for awhile to come.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#nine #nine212 #king #bronx

Nine - King

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E-40 – THE GIFT OF GAB

The bay area legend drops off a new project and this one is definitely fresh. There is no denying that E-40 is a certified veteran and is not like anyone else in the game. He has been doing this rap thing since a lot of people were little kids and he’s been successful at it ever since. E-40 is just fun to listen to. He says things that no one else is saying. He rhymes words together that most people would never think of. He has made the English language his own and is definitely a trendsetter. His sound might be an acquired taste, but he definitely keeps it funky on this new project. The beats are what you would expect from E-40. It definitely is chock full of bay area slappers on here. Ghost riding the whip will probably be mandatory with this one. I think this is a strong release from him and hope to see more to come.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#e40 #e-40 #e40thecounselor #theclick #click #daclick #thaclick #thegiftofgab #giftofgab #tgog #bayarea #vallejo #oakland

E-40 - The Gift Of Gab

TERMANOLOGY – BAD DECISIONS

Termanology made an extremely dope project here with this one. I’d go as far as to say that this album is what New York is supposed to sounds like. He is getting better and better with his bars. You can tell as you listen to him. It’s like each project, he studies his previous one, and makes the improvements to get to the next level. I like to see that progression in an artist. The beats on this one are really raw and gritty as well. You get those hard hitting drum tracks and dope samples that make it sound like it is coming out of a black Benz cruising up Broadway in NYC. Not only can you hear it, but he makes you see it too. The highlights on this one included “Termanator & The Machine” which features the lyrical beast Conway. That dude just smacks it out of the park on his verse. “Kaleidoscope” featuring Smif N Wessun was also a strong song on here. Give this one a spin, you will not be disappointed. New York rap reppin hard right here.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#termanology #termanologyst #baddecisions

Termanology - Bad Decisions

NICKI MINAJ – QUEEN

The Queen returns with a surprisingly dope album. I think there were big expectations for this release and a lot of things that fans hoped for. I think Nicki delivered on that as much as she could have. She pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one. At a massive 19 tracks, she has a lot to say and prove on here. In all honesty, I think she probably could have shaved a few songs off of here to truly achieve a solid project. The album does tend to get a little long. There are a lot of high points throughout it though. Lyrically, she is on top of her game. She is definitely spitting some hot lines on here and her flow is definitely something that should be noteworthy. She spits with all the bravado that her male counterparts do, but shows off her finesse as only she can do. Her highly braggadocious and sexual rhymes can definitely be quite clever at times. The beats on here are very good as well. You can tell this was a project that time was spent on and was highly produced. The singles released so far “Bed” and “Chun-Li” are both great and fun songs. “Majesty” features a phenomenal feature from the rap God Eminem. “Barbie Dreams” is a fun song that is reminiscent of 50 Cent’s “How To Rob” in which Nicki talks about how she would have sex with a lot of high profile rappers of today. The highlights of this album include “Nip Tuck” which has a sultry vibe to it and the all but perfect “Come See About Me.” Although she doesn’t come out and say it, you can tell that this is a beautifully crafted song about trying to mend her broken relationship with rapper Safaree. He said he balled when he heard this song so you can imagine how much feeling is in it. I would definitely check this album out even if you don’t think highly of Nicki or if you think females can’t rap. She will prove you wrong on this one.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#nickiminaj #queen #ymcmb #youngmoney

Nicki Minaj - Queen

WILLIE THE KID – THINGS OF THAT NATURE

Willie the Kid drops off a super dope and super quick EP here for the fans. You can really hear progression on this one. Even though it is only 7 tracks, he gives you a lot of bang for your buck on this project. Lyrically, it sounds like he stepped his game up. He has luxurious, fly rhymes that definitely sound different than a lot of other rappers. It’s like he can say the same things but just in a different way which makes him stand out. The beats on here are superb as well. I was definitely feeling “Mob Days” and “Going Far.” Although this is a quick listen, it will leave you wanting more, which is what any great artist can do.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#williethekid #thewilliethekid #thingsofthatnature #totn

Willie The Kid - Things Of That Nature

WALYO – DIPSET, WE STILL BANGIN

This was a bit of a different release out of the norm from what we normally do here, but a dope listen all around. This producer WalyO did a great thing and took some verses from the Diplomat camp and made some dope tracks for them to be laid over top of. It pretty much goes without saying that the Diplomat members can all spit. So lyrically, you pretty much have to give them all the credit they deserve for dope verses since we have already heard them before on previous releases. The beats on here were pretty dope overall. I think WalyO is definitely working with something here. I’d definitely like to hear more from him. It’s not quite what the Heatmakerz had done for the Diplomats, but it is a fresh and dope sound that serves this creation well.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#walyo #walyo_ #dipsetwestillbangin #diplomats #dipset #harlem

WalyO - Dipset We Still Bangin

VADO – SINATRA 3

Vado drops off a strong release with this third installment of his Sinatra series. You get a mixture of original tracks and some freestyles over some popular current songs. Vado is definitely spitting hard on this one. There is no denying that this dude has relentless and intelligent lyrics. His Harlem style comes through full force with both the lyrical and the overall sound of this album. The track “War Of The Roses” definitely gives you a great example of the Harlem sound with it’s smooth and melodic soul singing sample as the backdrop. Vado definitely shines on Drake’s “Nice For What” and “Diplomatic Immunity” tracks and also alongside Dave East on the Diplomats instrumental for “Once Upon A Time.” These are 3 of the dopest beats out there today and he just tears them apart. All in all, this is a really dope release. I would have liked to have seen it be a little longer and have some more original tracks, but it definitely works for what it is.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#vado #vado_mh #sinatra3 #sinatra #banksinatra #harlem

Vado - Sinatra 3