1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology): FreEPRating: 7.5 / 10
After originally only being available after proof of purchase, Statik Selektah and Termanology have decided to let loose the 1982 Free EP for Hip-Hop fans to enjoy. Featuring nine original tracks, this additional project feels just as strong as the original 1982 album, with strong verses from Termanology and high-quality features from Mac Miller, Reks, Chace Infinite, and more. Combined together with solid production from Statik Selektah and original concepts for most of the tracks, there’s nothing negative to say about this offering to the fans, and inversely it should garner even more interest for their underrated collaboration that’s out now.
Jay Rock: Black FridayRating: 7/10
Jay Rock released his newest offering, Black Friday, on its corresponding date after Thanksgiving. Excluding the semi-original title, the mixtape redeems itself as Jay Rock handles each track relatively well lyrically, regardless of whether or not his content is original. The production matches his aggressive flow throughout the project, and the features from Kendrick Lamar, Trae Tha Truth, and Ab-Soul (among others) all help to round out Black Friday. Even though towards the middle of the tape the content begins to thin, Jay Rock redeems himself towards the close of the project, most notably on the “Kush” freestyle that’s thrown on at the end as a bonus.
The Interlude LP – Rating: 8/10
Lastly, but definitely not the least, the Kid Daytona has released his LRG-sponsored project, The Interlude LP, which is inspired by several intros and interludes from various artists like Kanye West, Nas, Dr. Dre, and Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Kid Daytona’s pieced together a project that flows shockingly well, especially considering the original premise of taking from several other projects to make one. The concept is extremely original, and the content within it makes it all fit together with high efficiency. Daytona’s lyrics are potent throughout, but shine brightest on mid-tempo to slow-tempo songs such as “On The Hill” and “On My Way Home” due to his delivery. Powered by production from 9th Wonder, 6th Sense, and Bink, The Interlude LP is a well-done project that stands out lyrically and deserves more attention than it’s getting right now.