CROOKED I & JOELL ORTIZ – HARBOR CITY SEASON ONE

Crooked I and Joell Ortiz team up for a brand new album that is free from all of the Slaughterhouse drama. This is a pretty robust album clocking in at 24 tracks total. A lot of them are skits which one can argue if they are necessary or not. They do take up a lot of the time, but one could also argue that they push the narrative forward on the album. It is basically a story of a rookie cop recruit that goes on an adventure in a fictional town and has a pretty huge climaxing scene at the end. On the mic, Crooked and Joell are as magical as they ever have been. They are spitting complex bars of fury and pushing the story ahead as they go along. There aren’t a whole lot of features on here but, you do get a verse from the legendary AZ. The production on here is pretty decent overall. I’d classify the beats somewhere in between average and above average. The highlight of the project is a track called “Community Center” which is a perfectly written dialogue about the effect that community centers had in the lives of the MCs and how important they are. You can almost picture yourself there with them as they tell their stories. This was a bit of different move for the duo that still raps from Slaughterhouse. This might not be their most memorable album ever, but we will take anything they are willing to give us.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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CROOKED I & JOELL ORTIZ – RISE & FALL OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE

One half of the amazing and legendary crew Slaughterhouse release a new project to tell their side of the story. There’s a lot of talk on both sides of this story. I tried to take in as much as I could. I heard Joe and Royce both talk and what they were saying made sense. I heard Joell and Crooked talk and what they said made sense. This whole thing just seems like one of those unfortunate incidents that will never be resolved. Both sides have valid feelings about the breakup, what happened, and what shouldn’t happen. Even with all this drama, there is one thing that is absolutely, unequivocally true: the group’s fans will suffer without them and their music. They were a magical group and we loved them all. We miss hearing them all together. They were great. We still relish in getting solo projects from any one of them. So with this team effort, even though it was all we got, we still love it. Because we enjoy watching these men at work. They are great at what they do. The bars are amazing on here. They tell a fantastic story. This is their side of the story and they are entitled to tell it if they choose to. The beats are fantastic as well. They really selected some great beats. Highlights on this project definitely include “Vacancy,” “Backstage,” and “Sorry.” All 3 of these beats are classics. This is a fantastic record and we as rap fans probably deserve the whole group. But if this is what we can get, we will gladly take it. I pray that they can overcome all obstacles and get back to doing what they do so well.


OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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CROOKED I – FLAG

Crooked I aka Kxng Crooked releases a brand new project. This one is decent overall. I wouldn’t say it is his best work, but it’s always good to hear from Crooked I especially in times like the present. On the mic, Crooked is unmatched. He is a true lyrical veteran of the highest caliber and you can’t coach greatness. The beats on here are pretty decent. While they may not be classic or even have that signature West Coast sound, they are strong nonetheless. Some of these songs on this project are more thoughtful than anything else. On “You Was Supposed To,” he raps about kids that were supposed to accomplish great things, but never got the chance to do so. On “Teenaged Killer (1 John 1-9),” Crooked’s voice is sped up to sound younger and he raps in the perspective of a youth of today. Most of the other songs showcase his fast and adaptable flow. All in all, this was a decent project, but Crook could have stepped up the beats just a tad.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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JOELL ORTIZ & CROOKED I – H.A.R.D.

Half of the legendary group Slaughterhouse team up to bring us an incredible EP. Joell Ortiz and Crooked I are 2 of the best rappers out there period. There is no coaching perfection. Their bars throughout this EP are strong as neither of them have lost a step at all. The production on here is also top notch as they selected beats from Heatmakerz, Illmind, Erick Sermon, and Apollo Brown. Even though there aren’t too many tracks on here, it is just banger after banger, all littered with dope lyrics. They really did a great job with this project. I know all fans are dying for another Slaughterhouse album, but who knows if we will ever get to see that? All in all, this was a great effort that really paid off well. Just wish it would have been a full studio album instead of an EP.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Joell Ortiz & Crooked I - H.A.R.D.

CROOKED I – THE SIXTEEN CHAPEL

Crooked I hits us with a quick 5 track EP that has an absolutely brilliant title, The Sixteen Chapel. This is genius level naming right there especially with how good Crooked I is at rhyming. He goes extra hard on the bars on this project as the name would have us guess. He seems to be at the top of his game when he is rhyming relentlessly. The beats on here are pretty decent. I’d say they are slightly above average. They provide an interesting backdrop for Crooked to paint his lyrical artwork. This is a great listen, I just wish it would have been longer. We’re all still bumping that Gravitas album though.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Crooked I - The Sixteen Chapel

KXNG CROOKED & BRONZE NAZARETH – GRAVITAS

The amazing MC Crooked I teams up with legendary Wu-Tang producer Bronze Nazareth to give us an Earth-shattering release with this new album. The rhymes are absolutely top tier and are just about unbeatable. Right from the jump, Crooked makes it known that he is the king MC and all others who dare to step up are going down. Bronze Nazareth all but perfectly complements Crooked on this lyrical quest. The beats are hard on the drums with fantastic samples that purist hip-hop fans will absolutely devour. There are tons of highlights on here, but one that definitely sticks out is “Change Ur Beliefs.” Diplomat fans will recognize the sample on here as Kanye used it when he teamed up with Cam’ron on “Down And Out.” This is a nearly perfect record here and this is exactly what Crooked I needed. I’d still like to see him make a classic West Coast sounding record, but I will definitely take a record like this one all day long. These 2 should be commended for the work they put in on this project.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Crooked I & Bronze Nazareth - Gravitas

CROOKED I – MENACE II SOBRIETY EP

Instead of dropping week 30 for his Hip Hop Weekly series, Crooked I decided to drop a 4-track EP instead. Without a shadow of a doubt, Crooked I is absolutely one of the best lyricists EVER. That’s right, EVER. When an artist performs on that high of a level, it can be difficult to top themselves sometimes. As a fan, you almost get used to the high level of talent that they project, and you almost lose sight of how good they really are. Then sometimes they surprise everyone and even top themselves or their last project. This is what Crooked I did on this one. The rhymes are phenomenal throughout. He is absolutely flawless on the mic. He flips 4 classic beats, probably most notably Nas’s “I Gave You Power” on “Life Of A Bandana.” On this track, he tells a story from beginning to end from the perspective of a bandana and what it sees happen in it’s lifetime. The beats on this album are of course great as well as they are classic songs that are chopped up. This is just a great project all around and really the only downfall is that I wish it was longer. Thank you Crook for blessing the mic and the game.

 

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Crooked I - Menace II Sobriety

CROOKED I – GOOD VS. EVIL II (THE RED EMPIRE)

King Crooked was back with the second installment of his Good Vs. Evil series. I definitely have mixed emotions on this project. Lyrically, no one is touching Crooked I. He is one of the nicest MCs ever and there are only a handful that could even give him a run for his money. He definitely does his thing on this project. Lyrically he is spitting fire about social issues and justice. While his bars are clever, I sometimes get bored with hearing it over and over again. I understand that they are important social issues, but sometimes I just want to hear rappers rap. Give me some gangster, West Coast bars like you have done all along. The beats on this project could have been a little better as well. I think those classic West Coast style beats would suit Crooked I a lot better. He has told his story and his views on these two projects and we all appreciate it, but I think it is time to let this one go and go back to doing what he does best.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Crooked I - Good Vs. Evil II

CROOKED I – GOOD VS. EVIL

This album was a bit of a let down for me. I was hoping for more from the West Coast veteran. The best way to describe this project is more of a concept album. It is packed full of political and social commentary that is needed but maybe just not delivered in the best way. As far as the lyrics go, Crooked I is one of the best lyricists to ever pick up the mic and it shows with his complex rhyme schemes. He is a master wordsmith and in all honesty, every rapper out there needs to look up to this man. The beats and hooks on this album is where it lets us down a bit. There aren’t really too many songs that tend to stay with you after you listen to it. I truly think that Crooked I is the perfect person to be able to make an all around complete album but he just didn’t get it with this one. “Dear Officer” is probably one of the better songs on this album. I thought with an Eminem feature on the album that that song would be good but sadly, it just didn’t make the cut. I know Crooked I will get one eventually but he certainly didn’t get it with this one.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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CROOKED I – VALLEY OF THE KXNGS EP

This EP is only 6 tracks but every single one is fire. Crooked I is one of the best rappers ever. Yes, I mean EVER. He is pretty much unmatched lyrically and he proves it on this project. The beats are pretty decent. The song concepts are great. Crooked just has an uncanny way of making a project. He is a born artist. He can do it all. The bars that he spits on the last track are just mind-bending. If this EP is any indication of what the Good vs. Evil album will be like, we are in store for a masterpiece. This is a must have for any fans of Crooked I, Slaughterhouse, or just straight up bars. I could listen to this one over and over again.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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