DJ SKIZZ – HIGH-POWERED

DJ Skizz offers a quick, but quality compilation here with some really talented MCs. You will get fantastic verses from Ty Farris, Planet Asia, Crimeapple, Westside Gunn, Conway, Vinnie Paz, and many more. You can really tell by the lineup that he was looking to assemble some underground talented MCs for this project. The beats are pretty dope as well. I’d probably say the standout tracks are “Dead Wrong” and “High-Powered.” Both beats are so dope and just packed with hardcore and quality bars. The hooks on these songs definitely set them off as well. The production all around is pretty dope but these last 2 songs are the highlights. If you like dope hip-hop music, you will want to check this project out.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#djskizz #skizz #highpowered

DJ Skizz - High-Powered

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FREEWAY – THINK FREE

Philly Freezer drops off a fantastic new album. This was the perfect time for this brother to come back. First up, many prayers up for him with the kidney situations. I definitely empathize with this as I have experienced kidney issues as well. I wish all the prayers in the world for him and his situation. With this album, Freeway is back on The ROC where he started out so out the gate, that feels better. He still does his thing on the mic, but it does sound a little more reserved than he has in past years. This is understandably so though. He definitely still knows how to structure great songs though. The beats on here are very good. There are some great features from Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Faith Evans, and even Lil Wayne. I could have done without the feature from Lil Uzi Vert. The song that he is on “Swag On The Mayo” fell flat along with “All The Way Live.” Those 2 songs could have stayed off of here for me. The highlight of the album is probably “Life On The Line” which is almost a follow-up version of Common’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” Freeway pens a letter to rap music and makes it sound like it is to a female and explains how he wishes she would be like she used to be and not this newer version of herself. I definitely have to give honorable mentions to “Cocaine White” and “About You” as well. These are 2 more really dope songs. Overall, I think Freeway did a fantastic job here and I look forward to him continuing his career for a very long time to come.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#freeway #phillyfreezer #thinkfree #philly #philadelphia #rocafella #roc #daroc #theroc #rocnation

Freeway - Think Free

APOLLO BROWN & LOCKSMITH – NO QUESTION

This was a fantastic EP from 2 underrated talents in the rap game. Locksmith is an incredible lyricist that is criminally slept on. He can construct some supreme bars and chances are you probably haven’t heard of him. He gives an introspective look at his life and his thought process on this short offering. Apollo Brown’s name should speak for itself if you are familiar with his work. He brings vintage and soulful boom bap beats with fantastic samples to back up any quality MC out there. It only made sense for these 2 to make a project together. The only real beef I have with this project is that it wasn’t long enough. I wanted to hear more from them. A full length album would have been great. Nonetheless, they did a fantastic job. The highlight is probably the song “Litmus” where Locksmith shows you why he is so great at crafting rhymes. Although this project was released among the likes of Jay-Z and Nas with their albums, don’t let this one slip through the cracks and get lost in the shuffle. You need to hear this.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#locksmith #dalocksmith #apollobrown #noquestion #mellowmusicgroup

Apollo Brown & Locksmith - No Question

CURRENSY & HARRY FRAUD – THE MARINA EP

What a strong release from Currensy! He has sort of fallen into the pattern of putting out pretty average material. He has found his lane and he is consistent at it. Linking up with Harry Fraud has proven to be a really good move for Spitta. This is one of those situations where the whole is better than the sum of its parts. Currensy’s flow on this album is really strong. He still has his drawl as normal, which makes him sound like himself, but his flow is just a little bit more focused as he rides the beats on this EP. Harry Fraud definitely proves himself as well as he crafts some great sounding beats. The whole project has the feel that you are viewing the drop off point on the beach with binoculars when the speed boat comes roaring up the coast and drops off the latest illegal shipment under the shroud of darkness and undetected by the coast guard. The highlights for me were “14 Packs” featuring Smoke DZA and “The Count” featuring Wiz Khalifa. Both of these beats are amazing and the featured MCs just add to what Currensy is spitting. This is a fantastic project and Currensy and Harry Fraud should definitely be proud of themselves for delivering this package.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#currensy #currensy_spitta #jetlife #spittaandretti #andretti #neworleans #billionairesboysclub #currensyspitta #currency #marina #marinaep #rapsnlowriders #harryfraud #lamusicadeharryfraud

Currensy - The Marina EP

NICK GRANT – DREAMIN OUT LOUD

Nick Grant is a new MC that has the potential to be absolutely amazing. His level of lyrical skill is amazing especially for this newer class coming up in the game. His bars are complex and his cadence can be amazing at times. He almost reminds me of a younger Andre 3000 when he was coming up. The production on this album was awesome at times as well. There were really strongly produced songs with amazing samples and hard drums. The only songs I could have done without were probably “The Switch Up” and “Bleu Cheese.” On these tracks, he tries to do that newer trap/mumble rap flow and it just sounds awful. It’s like taking a great MC and dumbing him down when he is capable of so much more. The standout songs to me are “Nicky Bomaye” and “Save The Trillden.” Both of these songs have amazing samples and such hard hitting drums. These are just an amazing display of talent. This is definitely a dude that could create a classic. Stay away from sounding like these other new cats and just showcase your greatness Nick Grant.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#nickgrant #nickgrantmusic #dreaminoutloud

Nick Grant - Dreamin Out Loud

STYLES P – G-HOST

The hardest out, Styles P comes back with a new album and this new album is exactly what we would expect from the Ghost. I think he definitely put in some solid work and came up with some good, quality work here. Lyrically, you get the hard and gritty bars that you have come to appreciate from him. He gives it to you directly with no filler, like a lot of other MCs do. That is what has always been his strong point. The beats are slightly above average on here. You definitely don’t get any of that trap music garbage. Just some dope East coast beats that even sometimes try to explore new sounds on the sampling tip. The highlights for me included “For This Occasion” and “Curb The Lames.” The beats on these two songs were the best and give you a clear indication of how Styles is punching right through all you whack rappers. This is a must have for LOX fans and a definite score for rap music in general.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#stylesp #styles #therealstylesp #ghost #thelox #lox #g-host #yonkers

Styles P - G-Host

BLU & NOTTZ – GODS IN THE SPIRIT, TITANS IN THE FLESH

This was a super dope release from Blu and producer Nottz. Although they combined 2 previously released EPs into one full length album, it still comes off as a cohesive project. If you are a hip-hop head, you have definitely heard these names before and equate them with dopeness. Together, they cooked up something pretty special and they did it twice. Lyrically Blu is 100% on point. The West Coast MC is able to flow very poignantly and profoundly over top of Nottz’s East coast beats. There are also plenty of good features on here to backup Blu on the mic. Nottz does a great job production wise. You get some classic sounding East Coast boom-bap for your ear drums. If your neck isn’t hurting from bopping your head after this one, you might as well be Helen Keller. I 100% recommend this release to anyone that wants to hear some dope rap music.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#blu #herfavcolor #nottz #nottzraw #godsinthespirittitansintheflesh #gitstitf

Blu & Nottz