The magnificent Him Lo teams up with producer Giallo Point to form the Cognac Kingz again. This latest release is another slamming journey through their world. Him Lo provides fantastic bars that is the equivalent of hitting a speed bag over and over again. He’s clever, he’s consistent, and he is hip hop to the core. Giallo Point does a great job with the beats providing a sound that is almost reminiscent of Stoupe from Jedi Mind Tricks. Together, they seem to have cemented their spot in the game and continue to give us quality product over and over again. If you are a hip hop fan,  you need this album badly. 2 L’s all the way up!

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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One half of Da Buze Bruvaz, Him Lo, links up with producer Giallo Point to drop a super dope new project. Him Lo on the bars is a force to be reckoned with. I really don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for the bars that he comes up with. He never runs out of phrases or words and you can hear the amount of effort he puts into his pen game. Giallo Point does a great job on the beats providing a dope backdrop for Him Lo to show you why they are so great together. This project doesn’t really have any standout tracks because they all play through very nicely and cohesively. It’s a shame, but I think this album will be slept on. It absolutely shouldn’t be at all. Tell a friend to tell a friend to tell a friend. Go get this new album and share with everyone. Him Lo is crushing MCs out here.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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One half of Da Buze Bruvaz, Him Lo, drops a new solo project and this one is pretty dope. On the mic, Him Lo definitely does his thing and spits some mean bars throughout the project. His two-syllable rhyming style reminds me of greats like Lord Finesse. He also employs a few great features from Clever 1, Roc Marciano, and Kool G Rap. The beats on this project are very slamming. There is definitely that boom bap element that is present thanks to Giallo Point. At times, it does seem like the beats are a bit slower tempo and darker. It would have been good to through one or two higher tempo beats in the mix. All in all, this is a great project and rap fans and Lo-Life fans alike will revel in this project.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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SmooVth and Giallo Point team up again to give us another simplistic, yet dope project. On the mic, SmooVth is exactly like his name indicates. He almost sounds like the East Coast version of Evidence from Dilated Peoples. With his smooth and poised rhymes, he hardly needs much to back him up. Giallo Point does a great job on the boards with providing a simple, yet focused approach to providing the music for SmooVth to rhyme over. Both of them seem to effortlessly provide their talents and it always sounds great together. They definitely have a good chemistry when working and you can hear it. The highlight on here is “Sparks Fly” featuring Big Twins. He adds a certain rawness to the already smooth sound of the song. It really turned out great. This is a good one for hip hop fans looking to hear something different and off the beaten path.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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For all the people that don’t understand, this will be the one that MAKES you understand how good Napoleon Da Legend really is. I don’t think people really understand how far ahead of MCs that Napoleon is. He is out here lapping rappers in the race. He really needs more recognition for his incredible talent. His bars are relentless and diverse. His worldly views and robust vocabulary make his rhyme schemes top notch. Then you add his impeccable flow and he is a force to be reckoned with. Giallo Point has always been a real good producer and this is evidenced by his work with Hus Kingpin, SmooVth, and others. He brings back some more great beats and samples here for this project. There are more than a few beats here that will be sure to have your neck bobbing. Highlights include the expert wordplay on “3 Fourths.” This is one of those songs where Napoleon really blacks out on. It has a great beat with a nice Spanish vocal sample that sounds fantastic. Another great track is “God Complex.” This is yet another one that has a great beat and Napoleon blesses the mic in an otherworldly fashion. It really is uncanny how good he is. The masses better get on board quick because this man has something to say.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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SmooVth and Giallo Point team up again for another dope project. SmooVth on the rhymes is as slick and as smooth as he has ever been. It’s like a velvet jacket hearing him rap about street tales and luxury life. Giallo Point has definitely put out some dope material on the production side of things and this release is no different. He has some hard drums backed up with some clever samples that really seem to set the stage for SmooVth to do his thing on the mic. Fans will definitely appreciate this one so cop this joint quick.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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SmooVth & Giallo Point - Bring It On Home


Napoleon Da Legend is back with another joint with a pretty dope underground producer Giallo Point. Giallo Point has been known for his work mainly with Hus Kingpin and Smoovth and has usually put out some dope material with them. Napoleon expertly crafts his rhymes once again and basically comes off as a teacher with how deep and complex his rhymes are. The beats on here are pretty decent for the most part. At times, I did feel that it was a little too laid back for my liking, but all in all, I think it was a good job overall for the musical backdrop. The standout track is probably “Bullied” in which Napoleon tells very visual stories of 2 children being bullied. It really makes you stop and think about people’s actions on that song. When a rapper can envoke that much feeling and convey the meaning so literally on a song, that is a true testament to how great of an MC he is. “Wisdom Rules” is another honorable mention on here with its dope beat and fantastic rhymes. Overall this was a pretty dope project. I always look forward to seeing what Napoleon has up his sleeve next.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#napoleondalegend #napoleon #ndl #teamndl #giallopoint #coupdetatpt2 #coupdetat2 #coupdetat


Napoleon Da Legend & Giallo Point - Coup D'Etat Part 2


Smoovth and Giallo Point are back with their followup to last years amazing Medellin album with Medellin II. This one picks up where the previous album left off. You get a lot of great news cuts to start off some tracks. There is definitely a backdrop of the opulent drug cartel lifestyle on this one. The beats have some great Hispanic music samples both musical and vocal. The vocal samples really set some of these songs off. The lyrics are decent throughout. I think overall Smoovth did a good job, but not quite as good as the first album. This one he seemed to fall back a step with the bars. There are some tracks where he really shines, but it just didn’t seem as consistent as the first offering. All in all, this was a pretty dope album. If you were a fan of the first one, you will be a fan of this one as well.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Smoovth & Giallo Point - Medellin 2


This was a surprisingly good record that I had gave a chance to not knowing anything about it. I was glad that I did give it a shot though. Smoovth is a dope rapper that is able to set the stage with this release with help from the producer Giallo Point. The project is called Medellin and of course you can only assume it is going to be laced with drug trafficking and dealing references. Lyrically Smoovth is able to paint a great picture of a lavish drug trafficking lifestyle complete with all the riches and opulence. He has a way of saying things that is different than most rappers which I not only appreciate, but I encourage. He just has a way of saying things in a really slick manner. It’s something you don’t hear everyday. The beats on here are pretty good overall as well. There are a lot of clever samples. The album is definitely cohesive. It sounds like all of these tracks were meant to be together and tell a story. Give the whole thing a listen and when you are done, listen to it again.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#smoovth #giallopoint #medellin

Smoovth & Giallo Point - Medellin