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The Rap Genius Official Review Thread
Reviews for new albums and whatnot
There is a specific format (Below)
Good, thorough reviews must be given, and upon making a review create a new thread about that album and include the link here along with your description.
This is so you can read the review, and if you want to further discuss it, go to the thread for the album review
Very smart way to do this, Slim
I’m glad you made this!
Every rapper has that one album that doesn’t quite stack up to the rest. An album that is so blase and uninspired that most fans would like to pretend it never happened. For Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV” may be that album.
Lyrics: 1/3, the non-Wayne lyrics are actually pretty good on avg.
Flow:2/4 (Originality, rapping style, album construction)
I have taken the time to carefully listen to and analyze the album and I am very sad. I tried my best to view it in a positive light but there is no way I can unless I admit to liking contrived punchlines, dated concepts, and the fact that Wayne gets murked on several of his own tracks
Let’s start with the first half of the album:
Intro: A lot of contrived punchlines “Hear no evil see no evil/Hellen Keller” Weak sauce sir. Basic beat basic flow.
“Blunt Blowin”: Same shit.
“Megaman”: Same shit + bass.
“6'7”: Good. For the most part. We liked the single.
“Nightmares of the bottom”: Dope beat. More contrived punchlines “married to the money/a true life story”
“She Will”: One of the shittier Drake hooks I’ve heard. “some people hang you out to dry/Like a towel rack”
“How to Hate”: Autotune=check, Contrived Punchlines=check. At least the topic of lost love is a bit more complex and interesting.
INTERLUDE: OH SHITTTTTTT. TECH N9NE AND 3K KILLED THIS SHIT. Why wasn’t this a Tech N9Ne or Three Stacks album.
“John”: I’m not a star. We heard this, we were ambivalent.
“Abortion”: Interesting beat. Weird concept. “I woke up this morning dick rock hard?” TMI!!!!
The 2nd half of the album is better than the first:
“So Special”: I love John Legend. Beat is cool. Wayne is in decent form with the punchlines as well.
“How to love”: Not rap music. Interesting bass though.
“President Carter”: Better lyricism from Wayne. “I put the ass in assassin” Earl Sweatshirt line.
“I’m Good”: Good song. Wayne is a casualty on this one though. Jada out-raps him easily. “Feds got my man/shit is real son/cuz my godson just became my real son.” Drake raps “We still fucking hungry” but I question that. The beat reminds me of “Made” with Drake and Big Sean back when Drizzy actually was still hungry… LOL @ the shots at Jay-Z. Wayne actually came hard but the problem is Weezy looked up to Jay his whole career and even tried to copy Jay’s style for a while. Jigga is probably laughing his ass off on the throne.
“Outro”– Bun B doing the DAMN thing. UGK FO' LIFE. THEN NAS CAME OUT AND SWAGGED IT OUT. Sadly, Wayne is a casualty. What is going on with Shyne dawg? He hasn’t been the same since he got outta jail. Busta is back on a Wayne album (remember “La la la la”?)
I like the view: Wayne is trying. Beat is fine.
“Mirror”: Something with a purpose. Also, one of the few Bruno Mars features I like. Good job.
“Two Shots”: Beat knocks and has an oddity to it that makes the track repeatable. Wayne keeps up.
5/10. This album is plagued by the fact that Wayne is so consistently outshined by the other features. I’ve never seen an album where someone is killed by five or more other rappers on their own album (Nas, Tech Nine, Bun B, Andre 3000, Jadakiss, etc.)
POST YOUR OPINIONS. I’m curious about how you guys viewed “Tha Carter IV.” I know a lot of you probably don’t want to listen to it, but you may find that you don’t hate everything on this album (I don’t)
by the way i never posted an overall album rating. It’s a 4/5 for me. The more I listen to it the more I enjoy it. Makes me think that with time others will also come to appreciate it more. Certainly no Documentary, it is still an interesting, entertaining, and banging listen.
(in advance, sorry if i didnt link it right. here goes nothing. also, i will do more of these for more albums when i have the time/will for it.)
For fans of Game, this album has finally came after a long time of waiting. He released four damn good mixtapes before R.E.D.’s release; which only made this album more anticipated. With a total of 21 tracks, there’s plenty of Game to tune in to. In line, waiting to actually PURCHASE the album, I was reading the back and noticed quite a few features, with Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne and Drake sparking a concerned interest. I don’t mind either Breezy or Drizzy, but I didn’t want Game’s album to be too mainstream; which I was honestly, already a little weary of knowing that Pharrell was the Executive Producer. The album didn’t disappoint.
The City is likely the album’s best track, and hands down my personal favorite on the album. I had steady waves of goosebumps throughout the song, due to Game’s unique flow, the chorus, and every bit of Kendrick Lamar’s parts. Favorite line: “I’m sick of motherfuckers talk about the West died, can’t you hear my heart beatin'?”
Drug Test is a great transition from The City. The track features Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Sly. I’m sure if Nate Dogg were around, his voice would have been mandatory for the song’s chorus. Dre has a comfortable and familiar verse, Snoop’s is just simply not long enough. Overall, the song lacked some heart, but nonetheless, a good track.
Martians vs Goblins. Boy oh boy, would I have loved this track if Lil' Wayne wasn’t on the hook. I’ve heard Lil' Wayne butcher the line “We are not the same, I am a martian” for years now and to find out that the exact line is the chorus for the track, was just pure disappointment. Regardless, Game has a good verse and Tyler, The Creator kills it. The beat and flows from both rappers are well above average and definitely make up for the weak chorus from Wayne. My favorite line: “Fall back, like LeBron’s hairline…”
Red Nation isn’t a bad song, but I’m not convinced it’s great. Not a bad single, but the world’s fascination with Lil' Wayne concerns me. The hook, which features Wayne is poor. Game’s previous albums had some marvelous hooks, but the decision to have Wayne do this track, as well as Martians vs Goblins, was a big let down.
Good Girls Go Bad is the kind of Game track I look for on his albums. A great beat, a great theme, good lyrics, a great feature (Drake), just an all around success. Drake’s verse certainly does not disappoint, either. I look forward to hearing this on the radio. Favorite line: “I’m sittin' here watching Basketball Wives like UGH, them is basketball wives?!”
Ricky is an amazing track, featuring multiple samples from the legendary film, Boyz in the Hood. The song has some fantastic lyrics and a great beat. Game’s flow is incredible and serves as a prime example as to why he is an honorable mention when it comes down to the best in the business. If The City wasn’t on the album, this song would be my favorite. With no actual chorus, the song just flows in a magnificent fashion.
The follow up to Ricky is The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. The beat is very low key and dirty, which meshes perfectly with the lyrics and flow Game spits; reminiscent of Biggie. Imagine west coast lyrical content with an east coast vibe — it’s great mix. The songs only downfall is its length. At only 2:28, it ends leaving the listener wanting more. There is a very cool layout to the song, featuring three separate alibi’s given to the cops by Game and a prime example of how good a story teller Game is.
Heavy Artillery has the kind of beat and overall vibe you desire when you’re driving around at midnight in the summer. The track opens with a verse from Rick Ross, which does it’s job and adds to the atmosphere. The background samples and chorus gel well with the beat and add to that vibe I was talking about. Beanie Sigel follows Game’s verse, which are both pretty standard.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker when it comes to Young Jeezy. Something about his voice and flow make rap songs sound good to me. So I am a little biased when it comes down to his feature on Paramedics. The hook isn’t so hot, but the verses by Jeezy and Game certainly make up for it. The beat is honestly average. If you like Game and you like Jeezy, then you’ll like this song. But seeing as how I love both rappers, I expected a better product to come out of the workshop.
Speakers On Blast is exactly what I like to hear on a Game album. It has a great beat, but with a title like that, how couldn’t you have a good beat? The song features Big Boi and E-40, which both do an okay job; if Game had included an additional feature with Andre 3000, this track could have been upped another level.
Game slows things down with Hello featuring Lloyd, who has a good voice and does a good job on the hook. The verses have the traditional Game flow to them. Which, obviously, if you’re a fan of the Game, you’ll enjoy. Clocking in at 3:49, makes me think that Game has his eyes on this as a single.
All the Way Gone is a great track with a seductive beat. Mario and Wale are both a perfect fit for the song. Mario’s hook is very catchy and works great with the song’s beat. Wale may have upstaged Game on this one; which isn’t always a bad thing. And I won’t lie, I was snapping and head bobbing in the car to the chorus after the 3rd listen.
Now on to the song that I’ve heard a hundred times now on WGCI; Pot of Gold featuring Chris Brown. Game’s verses are good, the beat isn’t bad, Chris Brown does a poor job with the hook. The only thing that I didn’t really like was the lyrics for the chorus. It can be catchy, but I’m just not sold on rainbows and searching for a pot of gold. A little too corny… Didn’t Game get shot 5 times?
All I Know, an average beat with an average chorus with some good verses by Game. Littered with sports references, this song has some great lines. Favorite line: “Can’t go out like ‘em but I love Big, I love Pac, love Fab, love Kis, that’s where the love stops”
With a title like Born in the Trap you’d think this would have been the album’s Jeezy feature. The beat is great, almost an old school vibe to it. In traditional Game fashion, plenty of names being dropped, adding new names for each chorus; even though there are lots of names being thrown around, none catch any heat. Game’s flow is great and goes very well with the beat. Some really good lines throughout, definitely read along as you listen to the song.
Mama Knows with Nelly Furtado; such a great addition to the album. It’s a soothing beat with a soothing flow and a mellow chorus. Well done with great production. I wouldn’t have minded a feature with Common on this one.
Game had a hip-hop classic on his hands with California Dream up until the recorded live birthing of his daughter at the song’s end. Giving life is beautiful and I couldn’t be happier for Game, but I’m not sure including the delivery (or staging and recording a birthing) was entirely necessary for a rap song. You could easily mistake Mars' production for something from Kanye. The song’s lyrics are aimed at the happiness Game now has with the birth of his baby girl. At 6 minutes — 12 seconds, this is the longest track on the album.
All in all, the album is wonderful. Not a bad song on it. Some aren’t exactly breath taking or mind blowing, but some cut deep and re-establish Game as a top artist. I would say this album is a must buy. It’s better than L.A.X. and on par with Documentary and Doctor’s Advocate. If it were up to me, this would be this years Album of the Year (at least so far). I enjoyed R.E.D. more than Watch the Throne as well as Hell: The Sequel, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Long live the rap game.
My rating: 4.25/5 (Would have been 4.5 if Lil' Wayne had gotten left out)
The beat produced by left brain is downbeat, but gloomy and dark, enjoyable for most. The lyrics explain Hodgy’s problems in life
good beats, hodgy screams and exclaims his swag, with lyrics that go hard
Hodgy has nice rhymes, smooth but catchy beat, exspecially on the hook, Another great instrumental by Left Brain
4.Loaded ft. Mike G
Catchy hook, Hodgy stands strong, Mike G goes well, although not the strong exclamation Hodgy has, he still is noticable. Good beat by Left B
5.Hell ft Frank Ocean
Nice beat, catchy and vibrant, Frank Ocean does a good job accompanying the beat, it goes all smooth and vibrant
A bit annoying of a beat, but Hodgy makes me laugh a bit, and reminds me why he’s is different from alot of rappers
Decent lyrics by Hodgy, the beat is a bit unnoticeable, and isn’t all that good, skippable
The standout track from this album, hodgy rhymes playdo with yayo, and talks about how not the fuck with OF. Toxic amounts of swag, DGAF attitude, and left brain displays his top material.
Hodgy talks about girls, bitches and all the good shit, good hook, pretty decent beat
10.Fuck the Police ft. Tyler the Creator
dark but horned beat, left brain raps here, so we should give him a little bit of credit, as for tyler, he continues to please my ears with his voice and DGAF attitude
Dark, gloomy, piano, and electro, earl sweatshirt and hodgy kills this track… mainly earl…
12.Rico ft. Frank Ocean
nice lyrics, gloomy beat, but maybe not the best
reminding me of Primo, with the downbeat beat, the ticks get annoying, but hodgy keeps the vibe alive, one of the 1 minute songs, it’s decent
I think I heard this before, but left brain raps here, makes me laughs because I can imagine his ugly face. hodgy sings like a little girl, this track is beautiful
15.Based ft. CRenee
an atari fighting game beat, she Crenee has nice raps and smooth voice. hodgy continues his DGAF swag, nice instrumental, very left brainish
overall. 8/10, some beats could of been improved, bu hodgy put on nice DGAF attitude lyrics, and left brain shows us some of his best
1 thing: when writing a review, does it have to be track-by-track?
These reviews are great. I skip the songs with the low ratings and only listen to the ones with high ratings. Hah
Hell: The Sequel > R.E.D Album > Watch The Throne > The Carter 4
I wasn’t really impressed by Hell: The Sequel. Fast Lane was the only one that stood out to me. And I think Watch the Throne should have been better. And fuck Carter IV.
Intro, song by song, summary
Keep it up guys. Great reviews
It is nice that you provided an example but I feel that trying to force the reviews to be written a certain way is a bit too controlling.
I did at the very end where it says discuss. I probably shout have put it at the top though