Dave East and DJ Drama give us a new mixtape that fans should love. This is Dave East at his best. He’s spitting those Harlem bars with that classic New York cadence. He is definitely one of the MCs that is keeping the city alive nowadays. His flow is fantastic and he never runs out of slick lines to say. He doesn’t really have any features on here aside from some vocalists who sound great like Katt Rockell. The beats on here are fire. He really has some nice boom bap sounds with some soulful samples in there to give them breath. All in all, this is a solid record that Dave East almost handled on his own back. Fans will definitely love this one.
38 Spesh and Harry Fraud give us a brand new project that is pretty strong. 38 Spesh has such a way with words and his voice is so unique as well. He doesn’t have a problem standing out from the masses. His bars are strong all throughout this project. He has features from greats such as Conway, Jim Jones, Ransom, Benny, Currensy and more. The production on this album handled by Harry Fraud is very strong as well. He always comes through when it is time to produce an album for an artist and he does a great job at complementing their style musically. The best track on here is “Band Of Brothers” featuring Ransom and Benny. The beat is very heavy and soulful and all 3 MCs rip through their verses to show you how great they are and what a band of brothers they really are. All in all, this is a strong album that deserves a listen from people who respect hip hop.
Busta Rhymes gives us a quick 5 track EP to keep fans engaged. As far as the rhymes go, you get the classic and powerful Busta Rhymes bars and voice that everyone loves. He rhymes at fast speed while sounding forceful. He’s got an impressive list of features even though the project is so short. You will hear from Swizz Beatz, Conway, Big Daddy Kane, Skillibeng, and Capella Grey. The beats on here are decent. You get a variety of different types of tracks for different audiences. The standout track is of course, “Slap” featuring Conway & Big Daddy Kane. To hear 3 legends on one track is pretty impressive, especially Big Daddy Kane. Busta Rhymes does a decent job with this one, but everyone knows we would have much rather gotten a full-length album. Let’s hope that there is one in the works.
Tom Gist and Saintville deliver a new 5 track EP for fans. As far as the bars go, Tom Gist is, and always has been, fantastic. He is wise beyond his years and spits like a true veteran, even early in his career. He really needs praise for how good of an MC he is. He is complemented nicely by the other members of Saintville as well. The beats on this album are pretty standard. I wouldn’t say there is anything that really stands out, but at the same time, there is nothing whack either. While EPs have been the method of delivery for a bit now, I’d much rather see a full length, studio produced album from Tom Gist. That is what the fans need. That aside, this was a decent job by all parties involved.
Lil Flip and CashStar deliver an album that is pretty standard for Lil Flip. There are 11 tracks on here in which Lil Flip gives us his regular Texas rhymes and flows. If nothing else, he is hitting for par with his delivery. The same pretty much goes for CashStar. He may not be incredible, but he gets the job done on the mic. There are features from Z-Ro, Lil Keke, Freon Icy Cold, and more. The production on this album is very similar to the vocals. There really isn’t anything incredible, but it plays through at least decently. This is a pretty standard album that fans of Lil Flip should be feeling.
Meek Mill drops a new project that is mainly a collection of freestyles over some current popular beats. As far as the rhymes, they pretty much all sound like throwaway rhymes. His flow is all over the place and he can’t seem to stick to the beat at all. The beats selected are pretty standard. He is rapping over a lot of the most popular beats out right now like “Wait 4 U” and “Super Gremlin.” This really isn’t one that most people will be playing back over and over again. This one really isn’t going to make a lot of noise out there at all.
Vinnie Paz drops a fantastic new album for fans to revel in. Vinnie is on an incredible creative run and we are all getting to benefit from his wave of talent that is coming from him. His rhymes are powerful and forceful and he sounds just as dope as he ever has. He really has a knack for crafting the dopest sounding hardcore songs out there. He also has a plethora of slick rappers on here that make features. You will hear from Method Man, M.O.P., Ras Kass, Kurupt, Big Twins, Geechi Suede, and more. The production on here is slamming as well as Vinnie employs some of the best in the underground. C-Lance and Stu Bangas handle the majority of the production and they do a fantastic job as always. The best song on this album is “Loro Piana Robes” featuring the legendary Thirstin Howll III. I can’t even describe how much this song means having the Lo Life General team up with Vinnie Paz and rhyming over one of the dopest beats. Both MCs flow perfectly over this beat and really show us their talents at a high level. Vinnie really blessed us with this song and this whole album.
Nas and Hit-Boy bring us the third chapter of the King’s Disease series and this one is as solid of a record as I have ever heard. The main component of this project is consistency. As you move from song to song, you realize how great Nas is with the lyrics in 2022. It’s effortless for him to be great. He is able to tell stories and drop jewels now just as good as he ever did. Songs like “Once A Man, Twice A Child” emphasizes how much we should appreciate our youth, because we might be old and be “childlike” yet again as someone else takes care of us. It’s really a superbly written and introspective song. “First Time” is another great song which describes the joys of hearing a newly-discovered favorite artist for the first time. Hit-Boy does another great job with the beats on this album. It’s a very cohesive album where each song sounds great and they all sound like they fit together perfectly. The magic that Nas and Hit-Boy have together is uncanny. If anyone knows hip hop, you know that Nas is a staple and is here to stay forever. He is an icon living and continues to show us that in his latest chapter of life.
Geechi Suede gives us a brand new project that is pretty dope overall. He spits his smooth Camp Lo style bars over some really great production. There’s something about the Camp Lo style that is just mesmerizing to listeners. They both sound great when they get in their respective lanes. There are no features on here, but he doesn’t really need any help on here. The lyrics are smooth and keep flowing over perfect tracks. He really selects some great soul samples to flip into rap tracks. When spitting 70’s style blaxploitation bars, there really isn’t a greater sound than the music of the time. And he really selects some great tracks. If you love Camp Lo, you will definitely be digging this latest offering.
Hus Kingpin gives us a beautifully sounding new album that flips a lot of the music that Kanye West has used over the years. Hus has a knack of really changing up the music to the point where the original beat is all but unrecognizable. His bars on here are a lot more focused and forceful. You can almost hear his laser-like focus as he skips through his rhymes. You will hear features from SmooVth, Gripz, YaH-Ra, & Doza The Drum Dealer. The production on this album is handled by Manny Megz and several others. Most beats are pretty slamming and hard drums are definitely apparent throughout this one. The album does get a tad stranger sounding as you move into the end of it. All in all, this is definitely one of the better Hus Kingpin albums we have gotten in a long time. Fans will be pleasantly surprised.
I love Vado and he is super dope at rhyming. This new album falls a bit flat though. He has great bars and is an expert at rhyming. That part is definitely apparent. His flow is amazing as well. These songs sound a bit more flat than usual though. I’m not 100% sure what is missing, but there is something missing. He has features from fantastic guests such as Lloyd Banks, Dave East, Jim Jones, and more. The beats on here are decent, but just don’t really stand out amongst the masses. There is almost a boredom factor with this one. I don’t want it to be like this, but it’s easy to get lost with this one. It’s almost like he is checking boxes just to make sure they are checked. I’m definitely hoping future endeavors will step up the quality factor.
Lil Flip delivers a new album called Fondren Flip. He has more of a laid back flow on this new project. He is still giving us those Houston, Texas style rhymes to the fullest though. You will get features from Devin The Dude, Dem Roots Music, Live Sosa, and Lashae Love. The production on here is pretty standard overall. We don’t really get a slamming Texas anthem on here, but there are some decent tracks nonetheless. All in all, it’s a pretty standard Lil Flip album. Fans will probably enjoy this one.
Planet Asia and The Snowgoons give us an absolutely slamming new project. This one showcases Planet Asia’s skills perfectly. He flows over these boom bap beats with the greatest of ease. He never runs out of words at all and can keep flowing for eons. He just sounds so great over the beats that The Snowgoons provide. The production is a good mix between boom bap and clever samples. They really know how to complement the artists they work with and they definitely did their thing on this project. You get 6 dope tracks and the instrumental version of each one as well. Planet Asia can’t be stopped and we don’t want him to be stopped.
Killah Priest and producer Jordan River Banks provide us with another spoken word type poetry album. Killah Priest is always dope when it comes to bars. He is clearly not from this planet and he never runs out of visual, spiritual, and other-worldly things to say. He is a true philosopher of our time. Jordan River Banks provides a remarkably different, yet eerily fitting sound for Priest to rhyme over. The beats get weirder as the project goes on, but that is the dope thing about it. They don’t sound like other beats out there and that is what makes it dope and stand out. All in all, Killah Priest ain’t missing. He isn’t dropping whackness ever.
Kuniva from D-12 drops a brand new project that is pretty sizable at 18 tracks. On this project, he really tried to press for a traditional sounding studio album and it came out pretty good overall. He has a lot of great songs that delve into a lot of different topics and have a lot of feeling to them. Proof’s passing is definitely a key topic on a few tracks on here and it is very apparent that it will always affect D-12 to the core. It really gives you a sense of what a tragic loss it was to lose Proof. Kuniva does a fantastic job at expressing all the emotions surrounding that. He gets features from a ton of artists including Swifty McVay, Jon Connor, Mr. Porter, and more. He even gets some singers like Melanie Rutherford and Mrk SX to lend their talents to hooks. The production on here is slightly above average. There are some really good beats on here and at times, I almost feel like he was pushing for some singles on these songs. There is a lot of growth and maturity on this album. Anyone interested in D-12 and their journey in this industry should definitely check out this album.
Jus Allah releases a quick new 6 track EP for fans to ravish. It’s quick and dirty and to the point. It definitely has a Jedi Mind Tricks feel to it with both the rhymes and the beats. His unique voice and rhyme style make him easy to pick out of a pack. He has two features on this project from Mic King and D.V. Alias Khryst. The beats on here are sort of reminiscent of Jedi Mind Tricks style beats. They often have hard drums and a sped up, sung vocal sample that is quite often of a foreign nature. One of the best tracks on here is “Enchantment” as it has numerous Matrix references in it. This is really a remarkable piece of writing. All in all, Jus Allah can still bring it on his own.
Lecrae delivers a new album called Church Clothes 4. Much like his other albums, he seems to “put the medicine in the candy” by delivering his message disguised as beats and flows that sound like today’s modern rap music. He has down south beats, trap beats, and boom bap style beats that he rhymes over. He also switches up his flows to match each song which is either very talented or desperately trying to sell out. I will let the listeners determine what they think because I can see it going either way. There aren’t any huge features on here, but you will hear from PJ Morton, Jordan L’Oreal, Andy Mineo, and more. There are some highlights on this album. One of the standout songs is “Take Me Up” which spins a sample of Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “Tha Crossroads.” “Journey” is another song that stands out as very uplifting and has some good bars to it. All in all, Lecrae seems to have redeemed himself a bit since his last project earlier this year. I’d really like to see him find himself as an artist and really develop his own lane. Not a bad job though on this one.
This album is straight trash. It was painful to even get through this hunk of garbage. Song after song, and they just keep getting worse as you go through. Every song tries to be an international club banger. The lyrical ability demonstrated on this project is basically 0. Anyone can repeat a word or phrase over and over again. There is no depth at all on here. The beats are simplistic and have no soul to them at all. I can’t score this album low enough. The Black Eyed Peas when they started and the Black Eyed Peas now are two different groups. Put this album in the nearest fire and do the world a favor.
Three Baltimore natives team up to give us a slamming new hip hop album. Hip hop purists will definitely rejoice in this new boom bap excursion through the streets of Baltimore. On the mic, all three are great and have forcefully delivered lyrics. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between them, but in this case, that is a good thing. They didn’t need any help with the bars so you won’t hear any other features on here. The beats are definitely slamming. You may want to make sure your neck is okay after listening through this project because your head will definitely be nodding to beat after beat. All in all, this is a great album. Well done to Guy Grams, BigBob, and Raf Almighty.
A surprise album from Drake and 21 Savage popped up and then was delayed a week, but finally reached fan’s ears. On the mic, it was kind of a mixed bag between the two rappers. Coming off of Honestly, Nevermind, Drake knew he had to return with some bars for fans and he did that at times on this project. It almost seems like a bit of a redemption for Drake since the last album was so bad. Adding 21 Savage on here might not have been the best move ever since 21 isn’t good at rapping. Sure, he as some shock value bars here and there, but when you really look at it, he’s hot garbage. Drake is just so good and so talented, and he has this tendency of working with artists that are beneath him. I don’t know if he thinks he has to stay relevant with a younger crowd or what, but he takes away from his artistry and talent when he works with people beneath him. There is only one feature on this album from Travis Scott. The beats on here are pretty decent overall. I think they seem to have went with more of a modern sound instead of Drake’s last dance album. The highlight of this project is Drake’s bars on “Middle Of The Ocean.” He rhymes over an old Diplomats beat which just sounds absolutely stunning. I always love when Drake gives us bars over classic beats. You really can’t beat him when he is at his best. “Jumbotron Shit Poppin” is another decent track that deserves a shoutout. All in all, this album sounds pretty good and we hope that Drake is back on an upswing.
Sheek Louch drops a new EP just in time for Halloween with his fourth installment of his Gorillaween series. At only 6 tracks, there wasn’t much room for errors. Sheek is decent on the mic and spits some dope bars as an older artist. He still has that brazen and forward disposition that makes him a good member of The LOX. He gets features from Cory Gunz, Whispers, and more. The production on this project is pretty decent and is a little more reminiscent of the classic New York sound which is always a good thing. That desperately needs to come back. The best track on here is “Morse Code.” It is an ominous and frightening-sounding track that features Snype Life and Bucky. This is the perfect song for Halloween at this moment. All in all, not a bad look for Sheek Louch. We only wish this had been a longer project.
Frukwan from the almighty Gravediggaz crew teams up with producer Shaka Amazulu The 7th and gives us a brand new album that is very reminiscent of that classic Gravediggaz sound. Upon first hearing Frukwan rap, you almost get the vibe that you are listening to the Gravediggaz albums again. He sounds that fresh that it sounds like no time has passed. While the rhymes might not be as morbid as they used to be, it still sounds great to hear him rhyme over beats. He gets some fantastic features from Killah Priest, Holocaust, Ruste Juxx, and more. The production on here is pretty solid as well. It might not be the classic RZA production, but it’s really not too far off. All in all, this was a good listen and we definitely need the veterans to come through with albums like these.
Wiz Khalifa and the rest of the Taylor gang team up to drop this quick 8 track EP for fans. This one plays through rather quickly and has a pretty consistent vibe throughout the whole thing. There’s not really a ton to go over with this one. The lyrics are about what you would expect from Wiz Khalifa. Features include Chevy Woods, 6AM, Ty Dolla Sign, and more. The beats are pretty consistent as you go through the album. There are times where it almost sounds like you are listening to the same song over and over again and you can’t really even differentiate between songs. That aside, it’s not really a bad project. This is probably more of a one and done set, but it’s still worth a listen.
Boot Camp Clik veteran Tek joins forces with producer Big Head Science to give us a new project. This one is pretty standard overall. The rhymes are about what you would expect from Tek. It’s a pretty short project also so there really wasn’t a lot of room to make a statement. You will get features from Raekwon, Peedi Crakk, Estee Nack, and more. The beats on here are pretty average as well. There’s nothing whack on here at all, but there’s really nothing that makes me want to hit that rewind button over and over again. This is good for a 1-time skim through.
Da Buze Bruvaz return with a quick 6 track project where they slay the competition with their focused bars. Him Lo and Clever 1 expertly trade forceful bars back and forth to show how Lo Lifes and Philly cats represent to the fullest. Their rhyme scheme is really dope and they don’t seem to run out of words that rhyme together. Lord Beatjitzu provides the beats on this go round and he does a pretty decent job overall. He creates a good tempo for the Philly rappers to get their rhymes out over. Even though this is a quick one, Da Buze Bruvaz have a brand and they consistently bring that quality product to the table.