SMIF N WESSUN – THE ALL

Smif N Wessun are back with a new album after a very long hiatus and they sound like the polished vets that they have become. Underrated is probably a good word for not only this duo, but the whole Boot Camp Clik as a whole. They have been continuously releasing quality music, but are somehow left out of the conversations of rap’s finest. This new album shows the duo’s growth and commitment to quality. Their rhymes are pretty well structured throughout the album, at times getting very deep and vulnerable. They show a more thoughtful side on songs like “Dream Land” and “Letter 4 U.” On the production side, they definitely give some bangers like “Testify,” the title track “The A.L.L.,” and “StahfAllah.” The beats are on here are pretty well crafted while still incorporating melodic moments especially on the hooks. All in all, I think they did a good job on this album. They tried to cover all bases and I definitely think they succeeded.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Smif N Wessun - The All
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CZARFACE & GHOSTFACE KILLAH – CZARFACE MEETS GHOSTFACE

Czarface teams up with their Wu-Tang brethren Ghostface Killah for another dope installment of what they do best. With this album, they take all of their strengths as a collective and just amplify them. The best part of this album is definitely the lyrical side of things. Esoteric sounds like he is at the top of his game on here with his effortless flow. The exact same can be said Inspectah Deck. He is able to just ride the beat flawlessly. It’s almost like both MCs were trying to outdo each other on here which is great competition. They spit their rhymes laced with classic vintage 80s and 90s name drops of nerd nostalgic things just as they have on past projects. You mix Ghostface into this and you get a great outcome. The beats are pretty dope on here as well. It almost reminded me of beats that you would hear on a Run The Jewels project. I think they are paving their own lane sonically and it sounds great. Definitely a fresh, but hard sound on this record. While there is not really a “single” sounding song on here, you do get hard beats and fantastic rhymes which everyone should enjoy.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Czarface & Ghostface Killah - Czarface Meets Ghostface

CRIMEAPPLE & DJ SKIZZ – WET DIRT EP

Crimeapple teams up with DJ Skizz to release a pretty dope EP here. Even though it’s not a full length album, it almost feels like one especially under today’s standards. Crimeapple is definitely an MC on the rise. Every release that he has put out seems to at least stay consistently good. On the mic, Crimeapple just spits so fresh and different from everyone else out there. He mixes his highly talented rhyme schemes with drug scenes and Spanglish talk to create very vivid pictures. The beats on here are pretty dope as well. It is chock full of hard drums and clever samples. The highlights include “Divine” which is a story of what it’s like dealing with his girl’s choice to have an abortion. This is a very deep song with a really soulful sample. “FFFeel Good” is a really dope song as well in which Crimeapple rhymes a ton of words starting with the letter F. This would be reminiscent of when Papoose did “Alphabetical Slaughter.” This track really just shows you how great he is at rhyming. This is definitely one to check out and spread the word about this MC’s talent.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Crimeapple & DJ Skizz - Wet Dirt EP

SEAN PRICE & SMALL PROFESSOR – 86 WITNESS

Large Professor’s son Small Professor releases a posthumous album from the late Sean Price. This one is definitely a certified banger and fans of Sean Price will not be disappointed. As far as the lyrics, P sounded as sharp as ever. It almost sounded like he was hitting his apex. The rhymes are great and his delivery is fantastic track after track. The production is amazing. You get classic-sounding NY boom bap beats just like P would have rapped over. The one thing I like is how they are keeping his remaining catalog sounding just like he would have wanted it to sound. Just about every track on here is banging. The only thing I would have liked to see improvement on is probably get some different MCs as guest features on here. Other than that, they were definitely on the right track with this project.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Sean Price & Small Professor - 86 Witness

PAPOOSE – UNDERRATED

Papoose is back in a big way with this new project Underrated. Lyrically, there aren’t really many at all in the game today that are messing with Papoose. Bar for bar, he is crushing the competition without question. He truly embodies Brooklyn and NY rapping at its finest. He hits us with 12 tracks that are just chock full of jewels. He sets the tone in the first 4 bars of the first track, “I don’t write rhymes I write prescriptions/ cause these niggas sickening/ My wife is religious/ her Louis Vuitton’s are Christian.” Next, he hits us with “Numerical Slaughter” which is a follow-up of his classic “Alphabetical Slaughter.” The highlight of this album has to be “The Golden Child” which is easily one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. He and his wife Remy Ma drop beautiful and skillful verses about bringing their new child into the world. The beat contains a sample of the the unborn baby’s heartbeat. If that doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, I don’t know what will. For rappers to be this vulnerable and share their lives in such a creative and beautiful way is truly a gift for fans. I truly commend them for such a precious song. The beats are on point on this project. The rhymes are on point. You will not be disappointed with this one. Papoose remains one of the more underrated rappers today and people need to recognize his greatness.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Papoose - Underrated

38 SPESH – 5 SHOTS EP

38 Spesh just keeps getting better. From his collaboration albums with NY greats to his features, he keeps improving on every release. This quick 6-track EP is no different. Although it is short, he brings the heat on the mic. You can hear his progression. His rhymes are getting better. His wordplay is getting slicker. This dude is destined to be a household name on the East Coast. The beats on here are pretty slamming as well. I was definitely impressed with the drums on all of the tracks. He really picked out some flames to rhyme over. If this EP is any indication of the album coming on Feb 1st, we are all in for a treat.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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38 Spesh - 5 Shots EP

REEF THE LOST CAUZE – THE MAJESTIC

What a fantastic release by the Philly native Reef The Lost Cauze. One word to describe this album: beautiful. This is a joint that has a lot of different aspects to it, some really dope lyrics, and some great beats to vibe out to. On the mic, Reef spits about a variety of topics. He has songs about his family, about racism in America today, about what is important in people’s lives, and even just some bars showing hope dope he can be. The beats on this album might start out a tad slow, but it really ramps up as you get into it. A great song is “Naked” in which he tells about what is really important in life. This sample and beat are just awesome. He sounds great on the beat. The highlight for me is “This Is Us.” This song is perfection. The beat is just fantastic. The hook sounds heavenly. The message appeals to every single person out there as Reef tells us that we are all equal. It’s really a beautiful song that I can’t help but put on repeat. Purely and utterly flawless. Reef really did a fantastic job on this album. I really hope we get some more from him soon. Thank you Reef.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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reef the lost cauze - the majestic