WESTSIDE GUNN – SUPREME BLIENTELE

The Griselda general drops off his second studio album here and it wasn’t quite as I expected. On paper, it looked amazing with all of the high profile features both on the mic and on the production tip. It looked as if he wouldn’t be able to miss at all. This one just doesn’t quite hit the mark though. Don’t get me wrong, this album destroys the vast majority of releases out there. It’s just that it doesn’t quite live up to previous releases. There’s nothing really bad on this record, but it sort of lacks the umph that previous records had. I would have had proper expectations if he would have said, “Here’s a quick mixtape to keep y’all fed for a little bit until the album drops.” This record definitely plays through more like a mixtape than a studio album. His first album Flygod was just so much more structured whereas this one feels loosely thrown together and hurried. A lot of the tracks on this project are only like a minute and a half to two minutes. Westside Gunn definitely does his thing on the mic though. He spits that exquisite, fly, gangster shit as he has always done. The beats are decent on here. One thing that can be a little annoying with the beats is when the vocal sample on the track overpowers the artist. It can definitely get distracting. Maybe turn the vocal sample down a little bit. All in all, it’s still a good project, but there are a few things that could have been fixed, especially for being a studio album.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#westsidegunn #flygod #supremeblientele #chrisbenoit #gxfr #griselda #segang

Westside Gunn - Supreme Blientele

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FREEWAY – THINK FREE

Philly Freezer drops off a fantastic new album. This was the perfect time for this brother to come back. First up, many prayers up for him with the kidney situations. I definitely empathize with this as I have experienced kidney issues as well. I wish all the prayers in the world for him and his situation. With this album, Freeway is back on The ROC where he started out so out the gate, that feels better. He still does his thing on the mic, but it does sound a little more reserved than he has in past years. This is understandably so though. He definitely still knows how to structure great songs though. The beats on here are very good. There are some great features from Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Faith Evans, and even Lil Wayne. I could have done without the feature from Lil Uzi Vert. The song that he is on “Swag On The Mayo” fell flat along with “All The Way Live.” Those 2 songs could have stayed off of here for me. The highlight of the album is probably “Life On The Line” which is almost a follow-up version of Common’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” Freeway pens a letter to rap music and makes it sound like it is to a female and explains how he wishes she would be like she used to be and not this newer version of herself. I definitely have to give honorable mentions to “Cocaine White” and “About You” as well. These are 2 more really dope songs. Overall, I think Freeway did a fantastic job here and I look forward to him continuing his career for a very long time to come.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#freeway #phillyfreezer #thinkfree #philly #philadelphia #rocafella #roc #daroc #theroc #rocnation

Freeway - Think Free

APOLLO BROWN & LOCKSMITH – NO QUESTION

This was a fantastic EP from 2 underrated talents in the rap game. Locksmith is an incredible lyricist that is criminally slept on. He can construct some supreme bars and chances are you probably haven’t heard of him. He gives an introspective look at his life and his thought process on this short offering. Apollo Brown’s name should speak for itself if you are familiar with his work. He brings vintage and soulful boom bap beats with fantastic samples to back up any quality MC out there. It only made sense for these 2 to make a project together. The only real beef I have with this project is that it wasn’t long enough. I wanted to hear more from them. A full length album would have been great. Nonetheless, they did a fantastic job. The highlight is probably the song “Litmus” where Locksmith shows you why he is so great at crafting rhymes. Although this project was released among the likes of Jay-Z and Nas with their albums, don’t let this one slip through the cracks and get lost in the shuffle. You need to hear this.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#locksmith #dalocksmith #apollobrown #noquestion #mellowmusicgroup

Apollo Brown & Locksmith - No Question

RED CAFE – LESS TALK MORE HUSTLE

Red Cafe releases a decent project here. This is nothing stellar but it is always good to hear from Red Cafe. Lyrically, he is doing what you would expect. You are not going to get any earth-shattering rhymes, but his flow and level of skill are consistent. He can spit some bars and make a song sound hot. The features could have been a little bit better but he does have a decent feature from Dave East. Also, another shout out to a newcomer Saratoga Spades that does a decent job on the song “Redbull.” The beats are ok. There really isn’t anything on here that is probably going to stick but I wouldn’t call these throw away records either. There are some that are sure to get the club moving. Maybe a little something to bump in your whip for a quick trip. I don’t think we are really going to see any records on here that are going to take off though. You won’t hear another “Hottest In The Hood” on here. Not a bad job overall though for Red Cafe on this one.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#redcafe #dopegod #lesstalkmorehustle #ltmh #shakedown

Red Cafe - Less Talk More Hustle

THE ARCHITECHT – REVERSE POLARITY 2 INFINITY

Another very weird release from the producer The Architect. This is not a project that is for everyone. Lyrically you have some decent MCs on here like Canibus but aside from him, I gotta say that the other MCs have very strange flows. You can hear that they have a great degree of skill when it comes to penning the rhymes, but their delivery is definitely not going to be for everyone. The beats are probably a little below what I would have liked to have heard but they don’t suck. To be honest, the beats sort of mirror the weird flows from the MCs that you will hear on this project. If you are a casual rap fan or you really get into the commercial stuff more, stay away from this project. This is only for the bar heads that delve deep into it and are looking for something completely different.

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#thearchitecht #reversepolarity2infinity #rp2i

The Architect - Reverse Polarity 2 Infinity

JAY-Z & BEYONCE – LOVE IS EVERYTHING

This sneaky couple just dropped a fantastic gem on us overnight. King Hova and his beautiful bride Beyonce grace us with another life chapter in the form of their latest album Love Is Everything. This is rap music for the grown folks out there, but more importantly, music to shift the culture just as Jay-Z does every time. He sets the bar high for how the games runs. If Lemonade was B’s way to show her rage and disappointment and 4:44 was Jay’s way to show his apology, then this new album is their way to celebrate life and love and the fact that they have weathered the storm. This is a great album for the summertime. It is chock full of smooth beats, fantastic singing from Beyonce, and introspective and boastful lyrics from Jay-Z. The single “Apeshit” was one that I really wasn’t feeling at first, but the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. They definitely experiment with this whole new style of rapping on here. I usually hate that sound, but somehow, they made me like their flow on it. The highlight for me on this album was “Lovehappy.” This beat is just fantastic and they just rock that joint like none other. This album plays straight through and as soon as you are done with it, you will want to play it back again. This is prefect music for the summertime BBQ and will last for a very long time.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

#jayz #jay-z #hova #jayhova #s_c_ #mrcarter #mr.carter #seancarter #brooklyn #rocafella #rocafellarecords #rocnation #beyonce #queenb #destinyschild #loveiseverything #everythingislove #thecarters #carters

Jay-Z & Beyonce - Love Is Everything

NAS – NASIR

The Queensbridge king is back with his severely, long-awaited album. I was super leery about how this was going to turn out being under the direction of Kanye West. It turns out that was good to be worried about it. To be honest, this album didn’t come out as good as it should have. It’s not a bad album, but it’s not the greatness that we would expect from the veteran. Lyrically, I gotta say he is on point across the 7 track album. Nas hasn’t really ever slacked on the mic ever since Illmatic. The thing that brought this album down was sadly the production from Kanye. That just sounds like a crazy sentence to say, but it is the truth in this situation. A Nas album only being 7 tracks just doesn’t sound right. As I was listening, I was waiting to hear that slapper from Nas over a DJ Premier beat and it never came. That just isn’t right. Instead, I hear the whiny track “Everything” where Kanye butchers the hook. That was truly the worst song on here. The album does have highlights though. The first track “Not For Radio” is probably the best track on here. Nas reintroduces himself over a royal beat showing us why he is the best. Another great track is “Cops Shot The Kid” where Nas and Kanye both offer a verse about social injustice. The Slick Rick sample really sets that song off and both MCs do their thing on that song. This is not an album I would skip at all, but at the same time, be prepared to be let down.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

#nas #nasir #nastynas #nasescobar #escobar #nastradamus #queens #queensbridge #goodmusic

 

Nas - Nasir