Untitled EP Promo Photo Big Sean - “Untitled EP”

“Big Sean dropped some real heat here! Both the production and lyrics are on point from "Paradise" and "4th Quarter". I was very impressed with this effort. Particularly, its "Jit/Juke" that shows that takes me back to his early mixtape days but shows that he clearly improved as a songwriter and rapper. This track works better than his DJ Mustard collaboration "I Don't Give" which suffers from a poor hook. If this mixtape is any indication of what's next for Big Sean then it is a promising sign. Album Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars ”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Sep 12, 2014
Beyoncé Promo Photo Beyoncé - “Beyoncé”

“I respect the low key release of the album. I've just finished the LP and I have to say that this album is good time. I really dig 40's skittering drums on "Mine" and the D' Angelo Devil's Pie influenced "Rocket"! Both have a subtly sexy sound where Beyonce simply rides the beat. "Pretty Hurts" and "Haunted" are sonically made for pop radio, it has that unique feel Beyonce can reach out to different platforms. She is out of her comfort zone and it feels nice, even when end results are a little shaky. This album is not without its flaws, trust me there are some flaws! At this point, do we really need another Jay/B collaboration? Especially, when Jay-Z's contributions have been on the weaker side in recent memory (On the Run Part II and Hollywood); its not really necessary. Also, "Flawless" is a surprisingly shallow considering the controversy of feminism and "Bow Down". The song deserves some context to which Beyonce provides. By the time Beyonce uses a recorded sample of famed author's speech to clarify the message on the issue, the poignant speech is concluded with a pretty shallow hook. Her rock, ride, and diamond are flawless. I'm a little indifferent to "Superpower" which is co-written and features Frank Ocean. The vocal performances are on point but the song does very little since its not very well written. The album is nice turn for Beyonce because she really shows that she can switch up the formula! She could have very well released another "4" or "Sasha Fierce" but she didn't and I can get behind that. Lastly, I must give kudos to the producers of the album who search for different sounds to catch the listener off guard and help Beyonce find a refreshed sound. This album (missteps aside) is worthy of a couple full listen and success for breaking the mold of the expected. Album Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars ”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Dec 13, 2013
Sail Out EP Promo Photo Jhené Aiko - “Sail Out EP”

“Another smooth piece of music, courtesy of Jhene Aiko. I'm really loving the chemistry between Jhene's vocals and Fisticuffs' production. Although, its not as well rounded a project as her last mix-tape, its still solid listen! Best Tracks: 3:16 AM & WTH ”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Nov 12, 2013
My Name Is My Name Promo Photo Pusha T - “My Name Is My Name”

“Pusha T's debut has finally arrived! Let me just say this, it was quite worth the wait. Immediately, I found gems like the throwback "Suicide" where Pusha reunites with an old collaborator Ab-Liba and Pharrell. I also enjoyed "40 Acres" where the emotion of Pusha T's determination not to fail back to the street corner was very palpable! Of course, my biggest surprise is "Hold On" where feature Rick Ross verse actually had a felt presence. Unlike, "Millions" where neither rapper took it to great heights. However, some minor complaints go to "Let Me Love You", which features Kelly Rowland doesn't really do much. Also, "Who I Am" features some pretty underwhelming verses from 2 Chainz and Big Sean compared to Pusha T's overall performace. In summary, this album is quite a ride and with some missteps aside, it makes for a pretty enjoyable listen!”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Oct 08, 2013
Nothing Was the Same Promo Photo Drake - “Nothing Was the Same”

“Another solid effort from Drake! He has well structured songs which shows the true skills as a rapper/singer with the lyrical heavy "Tuscan Leather" or "Hold on We're Going Home" his crossover appeal shines! Then for some reason the album turns mood of the album, goes (and stays) dark, thanks to producer 40's signature sound. Even though I liked how 40's sound created great tunes like, "Too Much" and "305 to My City", I do wish he had at least one up tempo song here. Even without it, Drakes gives another great album where we see him grow as an musician and somewhat as a person.”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Sep 23, 2013
The Electric Lady Promo Photo Janelle Monáe - “The Electric Lady”

“This is certainly one of the best albums I've heard all year! Janelle Monae includes a sweet mix of styles (funk, R&B, lounge, and jazz) to create a sonically diverse realm for dance, wonderment or just lounging about. The album contain solid features like Eryka Badu, Miguel and perhaps my favorite Esperanza Spalding! Altogether, this truly establishes Janelle as the creative artist she aspires to be! Album Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars Best Tracks: Q.U.E.E.N., Ghetto Woman, Give em What They Love, & Dorothy Dandrigde Eyes”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Sep 10, 2013
The Gifted Promo Photo Wale - “The Gifted”

“Wale delivers a stronger album this around with diverse list of producers and strong lyricism as always. While he sometimes gives in to weak trap raps (Clappers, Bricks & Rotation), he quickly regains his musical composure. Best Tracks: Bad ft. Tiara Thomas, Black Heros/Outro About Nothing, Golden Salvation, Vanity, & 88 Album Rating: 4 Stars Out of 5”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Jun 25, 2013
Unorthodox Jukebox Promo Photo Bruno Mars - “Unorthodox Jukebox”

“Bruno Mars (at least to me) is a great pop artist who's debut was aimed mostly to pre-teens, pretty much alienating everyone else. But, his second album solidifies his talents and breaks the conventional corny pop ballads that made him a pop star in the first place... Best Tracks: Locked Out of Heaven, Natalie, and Treasure Least Favs: Money Make Her Smile ”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on Jun 10, 2013
LONG.LIVE.A$AP. Promo Photo A$AP Rocky - “LONG.LIVE.A$AP.”

“ASAP Rocky has defied my expectations with his breakthrough album. The first half quick show you why he such a hot commodity but the second half suffers a bit of a slow down in creative energy. Nonetheless, this is one of the better rap albums to be released in 2013 and is well worth the wait (and buy!). Best Track: LONG.LIVE.ASAP, Train1, Phenoix) Least Favs: Fu*ckin Problems & ”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on May 29, 2013
The 20/20 Experience Promo Photo Justin Timberlake - “The 20/20 Experience”

“Its a different direction but JT shows his musical chops. Timbo is still great as a producer and the chemistry is still very much evident. However, some songs feels over drawn and in effect are long on average by two minutes so it feels dragged on. Aside from that minor bump this album is definitely a solid comeback effort!”

Mr.RapGuy's Rating:                   Posted on May 21, 2013

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