Everything For Sale – Boogie (Album Review) #CellReviews

Everything For Sale – Boogie (Album Review) #CellReviews

Compton native Boogie has been the first to release an album for 2019 and it is fire! Released on 25th January 2019, Boogie has received nothing but great reviews and plaudits on the album but what does T-Cell think of it?! Celly states his point of view having had time to digest the album since its release. Do you agree with Celly’s point of view… Let us know in the comments below! Song Credit: SolxceMusikOfficial – Check out his youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2a9eu2w5ysTd1zbbkSFONg Carried Away – J Tha Producer
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Dreamin’ Out Loud – Nick Grant (Album Review) #CellReviews

Dreamin’ Out Loud – Nick Grant (Album Review) #CellReviews

South Carolina native Nick Grant released a really slept on album of 2018. Released on 18th May, Nick has received mixed reviews on the album with a lot of people preferring ‘The Return Of The Cool’ to ‘Dreamin Out Loud’. T-Cell states his point of view having had time to digest the album since its release. Do you agree with Celly’s point of view… Let us know in the comments below!
Song Credit:
96 Bulls by Nick Grant (prod. by Tone P.)
Carried Away – J Tha Producer
Track By Track Reaction!
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BJ Intro 7/10
This intro was very direct in what the album is about and not a very bad intro. In fact this was very reminiscent of the previous project Return of the cool and gives returning listening a mini taste of that
96 bulls 8/10
Imagines the good life and what it would be like to live the life that the 96 bulls lived in their 72 game record winning year and on top of the NBA records in this point. With the intro in mind, you can see that Nick Grant wants to be like the 96 bulls of the rap game. In my opinion this was the best lyrical display on the entire album and it is in congruent with the message of him dreaming to be the best.
Nicky Bomaye 7/10
Another great display to once again show his ability and commercial relevance with the choice of feature and instrumental. A great display to assert his presence despite the hate he has received for his ability and the route he is now going in.
All In Stride 5/10
I didnt feel this track it was average at best and didnt really paint a congruent picture to what he has let us know from the intro or building on what he has discussed already like he done with Nicky Bomaye
The Switch Up 6/10
This an improvement from the last track but still not the best, I do like the commercial appeal and the story its telling in terms of him switching up if he wants to realise his dreams of being like the 96 bulls, I like how he showed that he has more than one flow and really getting at critics who say he is montonous or doesn’t have versatitility.
Bleu Cheese 6/10
He finally goes back on topic on dreaming of that life he so wants, I like the switch up in flows, I must admit the different layers to his ability that he is showing here is quite exquisite considering in the return of the cool, he wasnt as versatile in terms of presenting different facets of himself.
Save the Trilldren 6/10
I like the story telling in this track representing the children in the trill who are also dreamers like him but never get to make it, he also reflects on life growing up in the ghetto and again reiterating that he is dreaming of doing this for those whose come up is like his however his story is sometimes inconsistent with the overall message
Father Figure 9/10
This track showed the improvement that Nick Grant has made in such a short space of time and in my opinion has topped return of the cool. This track not only presented a layer of him dreaming that he could see his father one last time but it also shows the troubles and challenges he faced whilst he was alive and how his last words before he died were not so positive leaving him now to wonder what if. In fact the entire story was before he had died, and the vulnerability to express that here whilst maintaining a consistent lyric has highlighted the potential that he has in this industry. This track brought the album to live, it was just vulnerable.
The funeral 9/10
It shows how Nick took care with the flow as this was a very good interlude from the previous track
Lincoln Apts 8/10
An interesting take on love which in a way brings the chapter from save the trillden to a close, this is a good flow to a story and the substance of an album as it makes you consider the different aspects he has presented in the album. I felt he should have had this track at the end of the album
Gentlemens paradise 8/10
Instrumentally i loved the deep bass guitar strings on show here representing that vintage hip hop feel in a more upbeat style, in all honesty the suggestive delivery he has is one to behold as well must be noted, some really good vocals from Bhess, its a vintage Hip Hop and neo soul partnership.
Gucci Plug 6/10
instrumental this was the place for the record, granted not a bad song but not great, this track should have been before bleu cheese, in a way it ruined the mood set from father figure till Gentlemens paradise as in Black Woman it returned to that similar flow. Overall track was very good.
Black Woman 8/10
Possibly the best vocal display by Stacy Barth in a genius track of appreciation to the roles that the black women play in some difficult situations. It also offers another layer  to his story when you consider the lack of a father figure in his life. In a way at the same time, it should serve as a track for the men to step up and be better at their roles, they were some valid points raised in this track coupled with some fine story telling.
The Ode 8/10
Album ends on a real subtle note and not a bad one either, I still would prefer for this track to be swapped with Lincoln Apts. but that being said, it would be a deficit to the story told in Black Woman as this track feels like its building on that by presenting some of the difficulties it can be to be with a black woman and further showing how difficult it can be to uphold the message he preached earlier. This piece of story telling kind of subtly shows that Nick isn’t perfect and at the same time, shows a lot of growth by taking the opportunity to show what they go through with different men. In that sense it was a fitting end.

 

 

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FETTI Roma – Curren$y x Freddie Gibbs x The Alchemist (Album Review) #CellReviews

FETTI Roma – Curren$y x Freddie Gibbs x The Alchemist (Album Review) #CellReviews

In this January period known as the dryest month making the Sahara dessert look like the cosiest rainforest known to man, Cell takes the opportunity to review the albums from 2018 that he didn’t get a chance to and this month, he is reviewing FETTI Roma, a collaborative album with Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist!

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Song Credit:

MATHEW GODFATHER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmD7-C550SM

Track By Track Reaction!
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Location Remote
Vintage hip hop intro and a mood setter for the album. It is also vintage Alchemist style of productions. Freddie Gibbs ran circles on this track with some lyrical onslaught
7/10
The Blow
Continued on with the topic that was discussed in the first track which was the women and drug dealing, Gibbs again destroying the track by delivering the hottest freestyle! Currensy really flexed here to with his performance. It was a good follow up from the first track
8/10
New Thangs
We now transition to women and pimping. Again common theme is the daily life on the streets. Again very good transition from Currency finishing and starting this track off and delivering a smooth rap that eases you for Gibbs clear and more aggressive tone that comes with him. This track shows the chemistry between the two artists.
8/10
Saturday Night Special
Very smart to let currency go first, for a smooth beat like this his voice blended well, again allowing Gibbs to enter later when people are used to it to deliver his message. This track was more on flexing how good they are.
6/10
Now & Later Gators
Delivering an R&B type of Slow Jam esque track on a hip hop album was always going to be challenging but they made this work really well. I liked how Gibbs fined tuned his flow to suit the mood they did good on this track
7/10
No Window Tints
I really liked the prospect of this track painting the picture of how much respect they have on the streets that they don’t need to hide and aren’t worried of death.
6/10
Willie Lloyd
The climax of the album and a great performance from both artists, the style of flow delivered by Gibbs is one to behold whilst continuing on from the story in window tints and really driving home the subtle proposed point in that track that they have respect and lots of it.
8/10
Tapatio
An interesting take from both artists are painting a picture of themselves visiting Guadalajara, Mexico whom these people are called Tapatios which is mainly taking about the life of the party and fine cuisine before they were interrupted by shooters. Another story of the streets of how things can change so quickly just when one would think it has changed.
8/10
Bundy & Sincere
Continuing on brilliantly from Tapatio, Currency delivered such a vivid image and a smooth rap wow with Gibbs finishing off a wonderful story of the leisure side of street life.
8/10

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Dicaprio 2 – JID (Album Review) #CellReviews

Dicaprio 2 – JID (Album Review) #CellReviews

After the success of Dicaprio which can be found on Soundcloud only, you will be forgiven if you did not know Dicaprio existed. Dicaprio 2 is the album that has been greatly talked about with JID being dubbed as the hottest prospect to come out of 2018 after the release of Dicaprio 2. Celly disects and reviews the album for you to see whether its worth listening to.

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I won’t run away – Orchestra

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Meek Mill – Championships (Album Review)

Meek Mill – Championships (Album Review)

After being from probation after probation and quite possibly facing another jail time, Meek has been through it and through it all gave us consistent content. After a successful Legends of The Summer EP rollout,. he unveilded his Fourth studio album “Championships” and this is our take on it. More information regarding the album including track by track reactions, online streaming and a preferred tracklist is available here:
Song Credit: I wanna know – Jahlil Beats
I won’t run away – Orchestra
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Intro:- I love the sample that Meek Mill uses in this track, he definitely lived up to the title of “The Intro King”, this track not only set the tone for what you are in for in the album but a great use of a classic track by Phil Collins however, to me it didnt sit well with the message that was being sent out. Nonetheless, it is definitely still a banger of a track and opened up the album in a stylish fashion. (7/10)
Trauma:- I loved how he compared the prison system as modern slavery, where blacks and Latinos or brown people are subjugated to being for sale in the prison system for just a low cost of $0.11 to big corporations. A great comparison to the slavery that occurred in the 1600s. (8/10)
Uptown Vibes:- A club record for sure, i liked the style in which he brought in by bringing in the Latin flava. I liked the instrumentation on this track but unfortunately, this was the song that showed that this album would be all over the place. (6/10)
On Me (Ft. Cardi B):- Loved the intrumental on this track, its completely fire and an ideal club record. I was quite impressed with Cardi’s verse as it matched the energy of Meek and done well in the record. I wonder who wrote that for her. (7/10)
What’s Free (Ft. Rick Ross x Jay Z):- Possibly the best song on the album, a very creative move to flip biggie’s classic track “Whats Beef” and turn it into a thought provoking track rather than the original threat of a song where one is educated to what beef is. This polar opposite still kept a great equilibrium without much of a change to the mood of the track. (9/10)
Respect The Game:- I like the way in which he broke down the unwritten rules of the game, this was possibly the only decent transition from “What’s Free” in terms of the topic to be discussed. (7/10)
Splash Warning:- This wasn’t a good track in my eyes, Meek Mill brought the energy but not particularly a club banger. Skip it or throw it away or do both. (4/10)
Championships:- I admire the message here which reflects why the title of the album is called “Championships”, it encourages young children to put down the drugs and epitomises his activist side of him of late. I like how he really highlighted what the media wont show and why he is a true champion, as well as others what make it out of that, I liked the instrumental on this also, it was really fitting to the message and quite motivational. (8/10)
Going Bad Ft. Drake:- wOOOOOOOO, I cannot believe this collaboration, since R.I.C.O., I have not heard this two on the same track and both of them finally ‘back 2 back’ like the cover of *pfft* I was too excited. This is a straight club banger, both the energies of Drake and Meek Mill were in harmony, and Drake also giving us a presentation of the different flows he is bring to the table was very impressive. (9/10)
Almost Slipped:-  When Meek makes a RnB track, it will be very memorable or just straight unbearable. Guess which this falls under, its the opposite of being able to bear something. Skip or throw away its up to you! (2/10)
Tic Tac Toes Ft. Kodak Black:- Not only did it come from an awful song but this just comes in way too hard ruining the mood that was set by the previous track, Kodak Black didnt do bad on the hooks but it was too much for me to follow up! (4/10)
24/7 Ft. Ella Mai:- This was the track that woke me up and lifted my mood, Ella Mai’s vocals as well as the flow and the smooth energy in which Meek Mill brought to this track, it really was memorable, like I said earlier, when Meek makes an R&B track, it can be a dud or just the best thing you heard and this is no exception. It will be on repeat until further notice. (9/10)
Oodles Noodles Babies:- This would be the second decent transition and this time it was well transitioned in terms of mood and retaining some of the elements from 24/7, it was quite smooth but the difference of topics doesn’t mask how untidy the album is having a conscious message like this come from no where but still a very good piece of work. (7/10)
Pay you back ft. 21 Savage:-
If you thought I was harsh with the criticism of “Splash Warning”, perhaps you can see how this track is just a million time better as a club hit than splash, play both tracks at a distance where you can still hear the wirds and the beat and you would understand (7/10)
100 Summers:- Average piece of work, I think this is the throw away black hole of this album where you may be compelled to skip back to back tracks! (5/10)
Wit The Sh*ts Ft. Melli – The lyricism in this track wasn’t actually bad, I especially liked the Kaepernick line. If I am honest, from Pay You Back, this section has been pretty consistent in terms of it being designed for the club. (6/10)
Stuck In My Ways:- If I was to compare Meek to a soccer player it would be Nicolas Anelka, starts off extremely well in a match, mid match, he disappears and is sluggish but in the end he always finishes strong and will get you that all important goal. Thats what this album has been like, he came in good in the end with some sort of flow and ended the club/street section quite well, it was a tidy finish. Still not a fan of the song but a real highlight to his consistency near the end. (6/10)
Dangerous Ft. PnB Rock x Jeremih:-
The third R&B track of the album and this was as good as 24/7 earlier, when I heard this on Legends Of The Summer I was very impressed, I can see why he saved it for the end but overall, I love the R&B features he brought to the album. (8/10)
Cold Hearted II:- Like I said very consistent in the end, the flow and mood from Pay you back has been consistent and to bring the album to a good end like this was good. I only wished he did this earlier. The track was a good outro once again epitomising why he is champion and that is via the lessons he has learnt, as well as the decisions he has made after learning these lessons! (7/10)

 

 

 

Preferred Tracklist

Removed Tracks:
Wit The Sh*ts Ft. Melli
Almost Slipped
Splashed Warning

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Black Eyed Peas – Masters Of The Sun (Album Review)

Black Eyed Peas – Masters Of The Sun (Album Review)

After an eight year hiatus, the Hip Hop/Pop group are back but this time a certain person whose name rhymes with delicious is missing meaning that they have had to resort to their original three member lineup for this album, although having announced Jessica Reynoso as their fourth member. This album has been a surprise and has not been talked about but when I heard this work. I had to review it and recommend it for a listen! Let me know your thoughts on this album too in the comments below!

Song Credit:
Think Good Thoughts – 9th Wonder
Carried Away – J Tha Producer

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