Southern Hip Hop

Artist: 
Migos
Label: 
Quality Control/Atlantic

Culture (stylized: C U L T U R E) is the 2nd studio album, and the 16th official project from Atlanta Hip-Hop trio Migos. To put this into a bit of context, the Migos broke out into mainstream hip hop in 2013 with their hit single "Versace", which featured a very successful remix feature from a still up and coming Drake.

Sounds Like: 
Migos- really who else do they sound like?
Name: 
Sai A. Sreedhar
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Lil Uzi Vert & Gucci Mane
Label: 
Generation Now, GUWOP

Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane have come together to create the mixtape, 1017 vs. The World. Even though I'm a fan of both rappers, putting the two together is a bit off, considering they have different styles and certain beats suited Uzi more than Gucci or vice versa. The mixtape didn't feel like a collaboration at all but like a Lil Uzi Vert ft. Gucci Mane song then a Gucci ft. Uzi song. Some songs felt sloppier than others, which I understand is okay for a mixtape, but I guess I expected better from two of my favorites.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Mob
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
Artist: 
Rae Sremmurd
Label: 
EarDruma

Rae Sremmurd, the iconic Atlanta-based duo known for their simple, upbeat songs like "Throw Sum Mo" or "No Flex Zone," verge more into the dark side of their music compared to their debut album, SremmLife, in the sequel, SremmLife 2. Like SremmLife, one-liners and repetitive choruses dominate most of the lyrics with bass as the main focus for the instrumental. However, in SremmLife 2, there are less of the upbeat songs that most people know them for.

Sounds Like: 
O.T Genasis
Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Juicy J
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2016
Artist: 
Gucci Mane ft. Travi$ Scott
Label: 
Atlantic

Gucci Mane mentioning the clone conspiracy surrounding him and calling himself "Gucci Mane Picasso" are some of the highlights of the new single from the Atlanta rapper. Travi$ Scott with a verse and controlling the chorus with his signature laid-back vocals maintains the chill vibe over the beat. As far as the beat is concerned, it's simplistic, formulaic, and repetitive. It sounds like every other trap beat so if you're looking for a song with original instrumentals, this isn't it. However, it's only this way to suit the song.

Sounds Like: 
Waka Flocka Flame
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Alli GIlbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2016
Artist: 
Don Demenece
Label: 
Self Released

Full disclosure, this reviewer has never watched the HBO show girls, but making a misogynistic album filled with badly produced beats and stuttering flow does not seem like a good tribute to anything except listening to car accidents on the freeway and people gurling underwater, trying not to drown. From a rapping standpoint, Don Demence sounds like a guy who went to a Juicy J concert ripped off of lean and thought he could sound exactly like him but better.

Sounds Like: 
Juicy J (In a terrible way)
Sounds Like: 
Wale (In a terrible way)
Name: 
Shaun Oyakawa
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2015
Artist: 
Young Thug
Label: 
N/A

It's no secret that Young Thug is one of my favorite new artists, and with "Pelican Fly" he's delivered another hit to start off the new year. Part of the allure of Thug is his eccentric delivery and flow: slurry, off-kilter, and occasionally completely unintelligible. His mix of rap and singing is infectious, and with a bubbly beat from Dun Deal, "Pelican Fly" is one of my favorite songs that Thug has released. Amid the warm sounds of the beat, you get a hint of darkness and Young Thug's high-pitched warbles add a layer of eeriness.

Sounds Like: 
Rich Homie Quan
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
01/16/2015
Artist: 
Big K.R.I.T.
Label: 
Def Jam

"Pay Attention" is the first single from Big K.R.I.T.'s forthcoming album entitled Cadillactica. K.R.I.T. has continue to rise in the hip-hop community through the release of stellar mixtape after stellar mixtape. However, his debut LP Live from the Underground flopped as it displayed K.R.I.T. venturing away from his signature southern style and lyricism and veering toward a more bland, mainstream sound that he was ill-suited for. With "Pay Attention" he attempts to toe the line between radio friendly single and vintage K.R.I.T.

Sounds Like: 
Big Sant
Sounds Like: 
UGK
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2014
Artist: 
Yelawolf
Label: 
NONE

With his Trunk Muzik Returns mixtape, Yelawolf proves he's back from the disappointment of his studio album Radioactive, and he's back with a vengeance. This mixtape is packed with great beats and even better rhymes and flows from Yelawolf, as he showcases his storytelling ability as well his ability to be a bonafide spitter. The pr