audio review : The Bar Exam 4 ( mixtape ) … Royce Da 5-9

audio review : The Bar Exam 4 ( mixtape ) ... Royce Da 5-9

“I’m better than the young’uns,” Royce insists in regards to his rap skill, “I’m better than the legends.” I agree if he’s referring to most. Jay-Z, 2Pac, Biggie; all vastly overrated if you ask me. When it comes to dope lyricism, Royce Da 5-9 is the real deal. He’s not quite on level with Bad Meets Evil partner Eminem and he seems to know it, but this mixtape; the fourth in his Bar Exam series; has him rapping probably the best he has since his 1999 world debut. There’s a lot of clever wordplay, but his skills plummet when it comes to making whole songs; a problem for most rappers.

my rating = 3 of 5

2017

audio review : Cry ( song ) … Michael Jackson

The beginning sounds too much like Stranger In Moscow, but the song gets better from there. Cry, which the title suggests is a counterpart to Scream, is actually the new Man In The Mirror; a fact you might not recognize until the end. “Change the world”, is the final message. Back then it was, “Make that change.”

Aesthetically both philanthropy anthems are about the same, but the message sounded more urgent in 1987. The melodies are well composed and the ad-libs during the final minute near classic Michael Jackson, but, despite backup from a full gospel choir, he sounds less energetic, ironically less Invincible, here.

my rating = 4 of 5

audio review : Invincible ( album ) ... Michael Jackson