This was a rather long release from the Bay area veteran Too Short. At 22 tracks, Too Short puts together a collection of a lot of Bay area rappers and singers to come up with this very representative mixtape. It was a pretty solid representation of that area’s sound, so if you are not familiar with it, you will get a good idea of what to expect by listening to it. Lyrically, it isn’t too complex, but at the same time, the Bay never really was known for that. The rappers on here pretty much game spit about bitches and hoes and partying. They do use some clever vocabulary that isn’t widely used and that is something that really sets the area apart from the rest of the country. The beats on here are definitely some slappers. Something you can ride around to in your scraper and ghost ride the whip to. Although it is not a great project, it is nice to see a compilation of sorts from Too Short and other Bay area rappers. It’s a decent listen.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#tooshort #too$hort #helladisrespectfulbayareamixtape #helladisrespectful #bayareamixtape #bayarea #oakland

Too Short - Hella Disrespectful



This was a pretty decent release from a lesser-known Griselda camp member El Camino. Even though it was only 8 tracks long, you could tell he was cooking with something here. It starts out with a dope Intro track where they replay local Buffalo police and news reports about all the violence in the city. It really sets the tone for how this EP is and also the sound you are going to get from the whole record label. Lyrically, El Camino is definitely not the best member of the crew, but he is good enough. He almost sounds sinister over the beats provided. The beats are really what stands out on here. The EP is chock full of hard and grimy beats that are reminiscent of classic 90s New York sound. Real hip hop heads will definitely appreciate this one.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#elcamino #elcaminosway #griselda #gxfr #segang

El Camino EP


Layzie Bone gives us a project that is probably one of the truer definitions of what an actual mixtape is supposed to be – a rapper rapping over pre-established beats and showing off their skills. Sadly, there wasn’t a whole lot of skill to be shown on here. Lyrically, there isn’t much to find on this project whether it is from the Bone Thugs veteran or from the numerous features of unknown rappers on here. You’re not gonna find anything that you wanna rewind and listen to again. The beats are okay at best. Sure they picked some popular beats, but nothing that is really quality. This was a pretty poor showing by the Bone Thugs member. There were times where he was almost trying to use this whole new flow of rap that is used today and it just sounded horrible. He could have done a lot better. Maybe we will get a better project from the whole Bone Thugs collective at a later time.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#layziebone #layzie #layziebtnh #bonethugsnharmony #bonethugs #btnh #thenumberoneassassin #thenumber1assassin #the1assassin #cleveland


Layzie Bone - The #1 Assassin


This is basically another turd dropped off from Mach Hommy. One positive thing I can say about this though, is that it was a little bit better than what I was expecting. It was still pretty whack overall, but you can see Mach Hommy moving in the right direction. Lyrically, it is still way to crazy. He often times doesn’t make sense at all. You could hear the hunger and the effort in his voice on this go round. The beats were the better part of this project. He always seems to find some pretty grimy beats to rap over. I’d prob give this one a pass unless you have nothing better to do. Maybe we will see Mach Hommy start to improve?

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#machhommy #daneielohim #fetedesmortsakadiadelasmuertos #fetedesmorts #dumpgawd #griseldarecords #griselda #segang

Mach Hommy - Fete Des Morts


This was a decent release from Tech N9ne. I have never really been a fan of Tech N9ne but I can recognize his grind and the quality of the product that he puts out there. The best way to describe this album is that it is good and quality music, but it’s just not for me personally. Lyrically, MCs are not messing with Tech or a lot of the other Strange Music affiliates. He is just too fast and too clever to be beaten. The beats on here are decent as well for the most part. I think there are some that kind of border too heavily on the rock side of things, but again, someone out there might enjoy that more than I do. I think overall this is a quality project and if you are into Tech N9ne, then you definitely don’t want to pass up this album of his collaborations.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#technine #techn9ne #strangereign #strangemusic #rittz

Tech N9ne - Strange Reign


This project went way downhill from the previous Deutschmarks album. Willie The Kid had some pretty  terrible rhymes as far as I am concerned. There was not really anything rewind worthy on here. The beats are pretty basic as well. He took a major step backwards with this project. I almost got the sense that this was more of a down South project than anything else. I don’t know if he is trying to sell out or what. Trying to bend your style to what is popular is the recipe for huge losses and this might have been what this is. He definitely has to try harder on the next go round.

OVERALL RATING: 0.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#williethekid #thewilliethekid #sclassconny #sclass_sonny #filthymoney

Willie The Kid & S-Class Sonny - Filthy Money


This was just straight trash. I like Wiz and he’s a good dude and all, but bruh, c’mon. Hot garbage at it’s core right here. This album does absolutely nothing to move the culture forward or to test the boundaries of hip-hop. The lyrics are boring. They are all about smoking weed and some braggadocio mixed in there. The beats are boring as well. There was nothing that stuck with me after listening. I found myself just wishing that the record was over the entire time I was listening to it. This was probably one of the most boring projects I have listened to in awhile. If this is any indication of what Wiz’s next album is gonna be like, he better hurry up and retire before that.

OVERALL RATING: 0.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#wizkhalifa #wiz #laughnowflylater #lnfl #letterman

Wiz Khalifa - Laugh Now Fly Later