Cypress Hill drops their latest album entitled Back In Black. They are truly legends and I respect them so much. Sonically, this one just didn’t do it for me as much as past releases. B-Real and Sen Dogg sound good and their lyrics are decent. There really aren’t too many features on this album. The beats are okay, but it just doesn’t take me to the place where past Cypress Hill albums have. It almost sounds like they played it safe with this one and didn’t try to adventure out too far. The highlight on the album is probably “Open Ya Mind.” All in all, it’s not really a bad album, it just wasn’t quite what I wanted from them.
DJ Muggs hits us with the second installment with his Winter 2 album. He enlists some slamming artists to spitbox at a high level. You will get features from Meyhem Lauren, Crimeapple, RLX, Rigz, Mooch, and more. You already know the beats are slamming coming from such a seasoned veteran like DJ Muggs. His Soul Assassin sound is unmistakable. The highlight of this project is the Meyhem Lauren assisted “All White Party.” It has a slamming beat and expertly-laced rhymes from Lauren-ivici. Those 2 have such a great chemistry and I hope we get more projects from them together. All in all, this was a solid album that the streets will love.
Crimeapple teams up with DJ Muggs again for another super dope trip. For the bars, Crimeapple drops his signature Spanglish rhymes consistently finding new ways to combine words. There are only 2 features on this project from Stove God Cooks and RLX so Crimeapple handles most of the verses. The beats on here are definitely a high point being handled by the legendary DJ Muggs. He gives us that dark and brooding sound that has made his style so recognizable. This project is definitely something to ride to while you are rolling through Cartagena, Columbia up to no good.
Yelawolf has been on a literal tear through projects recently and he gives us yet another one by teaming up with the legendary DJ Muggs on the production side. That is probably the better part of this album too. Muggs on the boards is always a special thing and he really provided some dope beats that were almost tailored just for Yelawolf. The drums he uses are always just so hard-hitting. On the lyrical side, Yelawolf is pretty average on this one. You’re not really going to get anything too mind-bending here. I know he’s capable of it, it’s just that he doesn’t display his finest efforts which is definitely strange considering DJ Muggs made the beats. You will get features from B-Real, Caskey, Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Paul, and more to add to the mix. All in all, this was pretty standard.
One of the hottest up and coming underground stars teams up with one of the most classic and underrated producers to bring us a fantastic sound on this latest project. Flee Lord is unstoppable when it comes to his work ethic and how many consistently good albums he is able to put out. His bars are more and more focused on each effort. He is really falling into his stride nicely and keeping it gutter for the streets. DJ Muggs gives us his signature eerie, yet powerful sound as a perfect complement to Flee Lord’s rhymes. Combining these two forces gives us a fantastic new project that pays respect to the late Rammellzee from Queens. Flee Lord is definitely out here representing hard.
What a fresh and fantastic new album to check out with this one! With the bars, Rome Streetz is fantastic on the mic. His wordplay and vocabulary are tremendous. It’s like he always has a fresh new way to say things and never runs out of words to grab. DJ Muggs does an impeccable job on the boards. He is severely underrated with his ability to create soul-clutching beats. Put these two together and you have a great album. This is the type of project that you want to see sequels to. When people say “music just doesn’t sound like it used to,” I get mad because I know things like this album exist. This is what gives hope to the further maturation of the hip hop genre.
DJ Muggs releases a collection of some new songs aptly titled Winter. On the beats, Muggs is fantastic. He gives us that dark and brooding style of beats that just fills an entire space. The beats are definitely raw and gritty. He assembles some great MCs to tackle the rhymes also. You will get features from Cappadonna, Meyhem Lauren, Eto, Crimeapple, and more. One of the highlights of this project is “Food On My Fork” by Rome Streetz. He definitely punishes the mic with some dope rhymes on this track. DJ Muggs is truly a great veteran and is still delivering heat for the streets.
DJ Muggs has been on a tear this year and just keeps the music coming to us. This next project finds him teaming up with Tha God Fahim. Overall, this project is pretty dope. Fahim handles the rhymes relatively well and Muggs gives us some good and sinister beats. It all sounds like a Middle Eastern assassin plotting to take over the rap game very methodically. It definitely has a dope theme to it and Muggs provides the backdrop very well. The best track is “Dump Assassination” which features fellow monster MC Vinnie Paz. This is just a dope onslaught of rhymes over a great beat. Overall, they did a good job on this project.
I originally thought that this was going to be a full length project, so when I saw it was only 4 tracks long, I was a bit let down. Everytime Meyhem Lauren and DJ Muggs get together, it is definitely magical. Those two just have a chemistry that works really well. Meyhem always delivers on lyrics just as he does here. DJ Muggs seems to elevate his game on the boards to provide the backdrop to Meyhem’s street and fashionable lyrics. The clear favorite on this project is “Wavy” which also has a great video to go along with it. The 3 other tracks on here are pretty decent as well. This is a quick, yet enjoyable listen. NY Hip hop fans rejoice because the Queens MC is back with more fly shit for your ear.
It might be DJ Muggs that brings out the best in Mach Hommy. I haven’t really been feeling a lot of Hommy’s projects, but this one isn’t too bad. I think he stepped up his lyrical game a bit on here. He still has a while to go, but you can hear there is progress being made. The beats on this project are all but top notch. Muggs does a fantastic job of creating eerie piano loops mixing them in with some slamming drums. This seems to complement Mach Hommy’s style. This record was a lot better than more recent efforts. Notable tracks include “Daniel Fast,” “Mount Tambora,” and “Titanium White” all featuring Tha God Fahim. These are the most slamming tracks on this album. This is not a bad listen from beginning to end and it’s good to see Mach Hommy progressing.
Crimeapple teams up with legendary producer DJ Muggs to deliver some more manteca for fans. On paper, this sounded like it would be a classic project. In delivery, this was definitely a strong album. His bars are great throughout. There is definitely something about hearing him flip from English to Spanish or Spanglish that just sounds so fantastic. The beats on here were pretty decent. Overall, I think Muggs did a good job. They are very keys and sample heavy. I would have liked to have seen more drums and basslines. It seems like there aren’t too many tracks that are thumpers. The songs are definitely still hot though. The best tracks on this project are “Tiburones” and “Bloodtype.” Both of these tracks slap and Crimeapple definitely laces the bars on these. All in all, this was a good project, but I just hoped to hear more slappers on here.
Mach Hommy teams up with DJ Muggs for this go round and it definitely came off better than previous releases. Muggs’ production has really heated up in the last year and he is popping up on projects left and right. He really is going through a Renaissance and it is showing in his music. I think he helped Mach Hommy improve his lyrical skills a bit on this one. You can’t just have anyone hop on a Muggs beat and expect to be good. So that is why I was so leery when I saw they were working together. Mach Hommy’s rhymes still have a long way to go, but I feel like his tone of voice and his flow on here are noticeably better. Even though at times, he is still spitting gibberish, at least it is sounding better over top of these beats. I definitely have to give credit where it is due, and with this project, both MC and producer really stretched their inner limits and became better. Not a bad listen here with this one.
DJ Muggs and Eto from Rochester, NY put out a project called Hell’s Roof and there’s basically two sides to this project. On the lyrical side, I didn’t really get too much out of it. I would say Eto is pretty average on the mic. He’s not bad, but there really isn’t too much to take away lyrically. His voice is decent and his flow works pretty well. I think he just needs to step it up a bit with the wordplay. Not a bad job though. The production side of this project is the part that shines more. DJ Muggs definitely keeps the beats dark, hard, and menacing. There are definitely some hard beats on here. Overall, I think this project was pretty middle of the road. Not a bad attempt at all, but definitely some room to grow. I’ll definitely be checking out more in the future.
This was a pretty dope release from Roc Marci and the beatsmith Muggs. Roc Marciano is able to spit at the top of his game on this one. His lyrics are crafted together really cleverly on this one. I almost got the feeling of when I first heard him rap. This definitely reminds me of his first 2 albums. He really stepped up his verbal game on this one compared to his recent offerings. Muggs does a great job on the beats as well. You definitely get that signature Muggs sound. It’s a little weird, but in a good way. There is a lot more musicality in there as well, which goes to show you why Muggs is such a seasoned veteran. This is definitely a good combination and it produced a really dope album for the bar heads out there.
The marijuana aficionados are back with a brand new studio album. I was pretty excited to hear about this one especially with how dope DJ Muggs has been lately. Upon listening, this latest album from Cypress Hill is decent. I wouldn’t call it one of their best, but it’s not whack either. There’s some pretty decent material on here. Lyrically, you pretty much get what you would expect on here. B-Real is pretty standard with his high-pitched and hypnotizing voice. A lot of the tracks are definitely odes to or inspired by everyone’s favorite plant. The beats on here weren’t as good as I thought they would be, but pretty average overall. Muggs has a lot of Indian and Middle Eastern influenced samples on here. It definitely gives it that foreign vibe. I think I saw where he was trying to go with this one, but I’m not quite sure if he got there. You get the image of sitting in a weed house in India, with smoke clouds all around, and just vibing out to some great local music while the sun blazes hot outside. One downside to this album is the amount of interludes there are. It almost seems that there is 1 after every song. That is way too many to have. Cut some of that out, get some hard drums on some of the tracks, and I think they would have really had something with this one. Not a bad effort though from the legends Cypress Hill.
DJ Muggs drops off a dark release here with Dia Del Asesinato. The master beat maker crafts some really dark and sinister beats for some great MCs to rhyme over. Lyrically I think for the most part, you are going to see some great rappers on here. You have legends like Kool G Rap and Raekwon, but then you also have fantastic newcomers like Meyhem Lauren and Hus Kingpin. It’s a good mix of the old and the new and mostly everyone can still do their thing. I wasn’t really feeling verses from Mach-Hommy but other than that, there’s some dope verses on here. The beats are definitely on a high quality level on here. You get that great blend of a hard beat and an eerie sample that none other than DJ Muggs can provide. He definitely created a dark and sinister backdrop for this album. The highlights of this album are “Day Of The Dead” with Kool G Rap and “Niggas Is Pussy” with Meyhem Lauren. Both MCs stomp all over the scary type beats. DJ Muggs definitely had a theme in mind on this one and I think he hit the nail on the head with the sound.
Another dope release from this rapper/producer duo. Their last project together was damn near classic so I had high expectations for this new one. While I don’t think they got as close to the quality of the last one, this joint is slamming the whole way through. Lycially, Meyhem does a great job spitting his audible artwork. He is a gangster artist and he is amazing at spitting that street life with a touch of the rich and exquisite life. You get what you expect from him on the mic. DJ Muggs does a good job at production on here. I had hoped for a bit more from him, but you definitely can’t be mad at his creation here. The highlight for me was probably “Psychedelic Relic” even though we had already heard this joint on the previous album. Honorable mentions have to go to the story of a police stop on “Northern Blvd” and the tale of keeping a chick’s brother in check on “Permanent Disfigurement.” Both of those songs are examples of his excellent story-telling abilities.
This was a slamming release here and is a must-listen. Meyhem Lauren and DJ Muggs drop off a great project here with this. The lyrics are fantastic. Meyhem is really stepping his game up and hits us with some clever bars. There are also some great features from Action Bronson, Conway, Benny, and Roc Marciano here that help set the stage. The beats are slamming too. Muggs does a great job with creating some devious, slamming beats. They are very reminiscent to that classic New York sound that we all love and miss. I’d say the highlight of this project is probably the Action Bronson assisted “Shea Stadium.” This beat is just knocking and the rhymes lay over top of it perfectly. All in all, this is a very dope project that deserves a lot of respect. Cop it now and put it on repeat.