CONWAY – REJECT ON STEROIDS

Conway has finally released some new music on us and Jesus was this project dope. The beats are a perfect blend for a mixtape. There are some strong instrumentals on there like “You Kan’t Live freestyle” and “Not Humble freestyle” in which The Machine raps over some other artist’s tracks. Then there is original songs on there that are done by Daringer which are pretty much always great. His rhymes are what really stands out on here. Conway is out there murdering the competition. His rhymes are so cocky and so well put together. It’s hard to find a rapper out today that could match him. This is a fantastic project and a must hear for any rap heads out there. This will definitely tide us over until G.O.A.T. comes out.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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T-PAIN & LIL WAYNE – T-WAYNE

This was a quick collection of some T-Pain and Lil Wayne tracks that didn’t make the cut for their projects back around 2009 or so. Upon listening, you can definitely hear why they didn’t make the cut. It’s not that the songs sound bad, but they just aren’t the single-type quality you would expect from these two artists together. This EP is only 8 songs so it is a fairly quick listen. The rhymes are nothing crazy at all. You can tell that Wayne saved his better stuff for other projects. The beats sound a little dated but it’s because they are. There’s nothing really bad I could say about this project. It is more of just a decent project that is what it is.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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SNOOP DOGG – NEVA LEFT

This is a straight west coast project from the veteran rapper Snoop Dogg. If you are looking for bars, then this album is not for you. Snoop spits the same game talk that he has done for years and years now. It’s not really about the complexity of his bars but more the way he flows over the beats. That is the part that should be appreciated here. Are these the best rhymes ever? Of course not. It’s more of something to just vibe to. The beats on this project are straight west coast which sounds decent. No major complaints from me in that department. The standout track is clearly “Mount Kushmore” which features veteran east coast MCs Method Man and Redman along with another west coast legend B-Real. This song is such a summer banger. The beat is 5 star. It sounds like a classic west coast anthem. These MCs flow so great over the beat. This might be the song of the summer here and maybe even for summers to come. Another interesting track was the first and title track “Neva Left” which samples Wu-Tang Clan’s “Cream.” It is definitely interesting to hear Snoop rhyme over that beat. All in all, this was a decent project. There are some low points but this one is worth a listen.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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FAITH EVANS & THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – THE KING & I

In my head, I almost expected to hear new Notorious B.I.G. lyrics with this release, but then I remembered that the king of Brooklyn had been selfishly taken from us way too soon. I realized we would never get new rhymes from the black Frank White and it made me sad. Instead of getting something new, I think that this project is more something for the culture. Faith and team has put together a decent release here with Biggie verses woven into new songs with her singing. The first thing that really kind of caught me off guard was how sexually explicit some of the songs are. Then I remembered that BIG was able to do that and still make it sound fly. He always gave us the realness. His lyrics are awesome all over this record. He was the king and still is the king. The beats are better than what I had initially expected. I think they did a good job crafting these songs around BIG’s verses. It has an updated and fresh sound to it overall. I’d say the standout track for me is probably “NYC” featuring his long-time cohort Jadakiss who always rips down his verses without question. He slays this neck-snapping beat effortlessly. Faith does a good job on this record telling the love story of her and her king. This is definitely another great chapter to the Notorious B.I.G. legacy.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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JUICY J – GAS FACE

Another decent release from Juicy J. There was nothing that really stuck out like crazy on this album. It was more of just an overall decent project. Juciy J delivers his drug-laced, money flashing, trippiness that he usually does which is not a bad thing. The lyrics are exactly what you would expect from him. The hooks are pretty good overall. The beats are decent. Some more of that Memphis sound for y’all to get trippy to. I think that this project was probably put out to strategically stay hot in the streets while we all await the Rubberband Business album. If you are a Juicy J fan, I would definitely check this one out.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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THIRSTIN HOWL III – SKILLMATIC

It’s been awhile since Thirstin Howl has dropped some music. I think that this was an okay release. It wasn’t great but it doesn’t suck either. Thirstin is more of an acquired taste. His lyrics are not the best ever. His voice is very unique and makes him sounds great. The words that he makes rhyme are definitely good along with his double and triple syllabic rhyming style. I just don’t think he falls amongst the greats of hip-hop. The beats on this album are decent. It’s nothing that you are going to be bumping forever but it works for what it is. The casual fan probably won’t be feeling this. But if you are a huge Thirstin fan, this project just may be up your alley. Like I said, it is more of an acquired taste. Give it a try and see what you think. No matter your opinion on it, you’re probably not wrong.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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MR. CHEEKS – THE LOST TAPES

You could definitely tell with this release that these songs were left on the editing room floor on purpose. Mr. Cheeks and The Lost Boyz definitely made some classic records and I’m sure they made a lot of songs that didn’t make the cut. This seems like a quick collection of Mr. Cheeks songs that didn’t make the cut at all and you can hear why. While not altogether horrible, the beats do sound a little dated and not up to the caliber of the time. The rhymes are pretty basic all around, but then again, most of Mr. Cheeks stuff usually is. There is nothing really introspective here such as “Renee.” Because it is so short at only 6 tracks, you could probably give it a quick listen and quickly realize why you only stick to the Lost Boyz’ first 2 albums.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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