pop rap

Artist: 
Lil Yachty
Label: 
Quality Control Music

Lil Yachty's newest album Lil Boat 2 is probably what you imagine when you think of Lil Yachty. The album doesn't expand upon the popular rapper's repertoire. Auto-tune is heavy, the beats are repetitive, and the verses are mumble rap. This doesn't necessarily mean that I dislike Lil Boat 2 but it does get exhausting listening to what feels like the same song over and over again.

Sounds Like: 
Migos - Quavo and Offset are both on this album and the beat of "TALK TO ME NICE" is just like something off of Culture
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert - Autotune singing and mumble rapping. A bit darker sounding than Uzi though
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
Artist: 
Kyle (feat. Lil Yachty)
Label: 
Indie-Pop

"iSpy" is the newest single from West Coast rapper Kyle, featuring the man, the legend, Lil Yachty. Kyle is typically known for his light-hearted and quirky style of music, as is Lil Yachty with his music and message of positivity, so "iSpy" is within his comfort zone. I think because it's a stand-alone single (as of now) this keeps this song from being boring compared to other Kyle songs. I never thought that Kyle would ever collab with Lil Yachty, most likely due to popularity differences.

Sounds Like: 
D.R.A.M
Sounds Like: 
Mac Miller
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Vision That
Label: 
Vision That Entertainment

Tucson-based Vision That's mixtape demonstrates Vision That's (Renk Remy and Zee) variety of skills in hip-hop music production. The mixtape is literally a mix which is refreshing since most rappers stick to one type of sound and that's it. There's a total of 16 tracks and most of them sound pretty different compared to each other both in terms of beat and rap. Track 1 starts out with a beat that immediately had me nodding my head followed with charismatic rapping that really had me relating the ambition Zee has.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Pusha T
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean (when they sing-rap)
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
Madeintyo
Label: 
Private Club Records

Madeintyo, the one that most people know for "Uber Everywhere", can't seem to find his own style in "Thank You, Mr. Tokyo". The entire album sounds like a Rae Sremmurd and Lil Uzi Vert knockoff. What I mean is that the album is good but I think Madeintyo played it incredibly safe by playing off of other people's styles that he knows works. "Taking It Back" is good but it sounds so much like a Rae Sremmurd song mixed with Lil Uzi Vert. It doesn't sound original so it depends on what you're looking for.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert (Madeintyo's "yuh" is like Uzi's "yeah")
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
B.o.B
Label: 
Self Produced

Don't be surprised if B.o.B disappears sometime soon because the Illuminati is certainly out to get him after releasing his mixtape A.I.R. B.o.B releases his inner musings as to what he believes is wrong with the world today, such as corruption, censorship, and what really is "the truth." With incredibly fast and intense raps and Kid Cudi-esque vocals with varying beats, hooks, and styles, A.I.R shocked me with how it kept my attention and didn't make me laugh at some of the drastic ideas he has.

Sounds Like: 
Juicy J - flow is similar
Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi - only for the ballad tunes like "Negative Space"
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2016
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: 
Rob Diloia
Label: 
3E Music Group / Domvega Ent. / So Angelic Sounds

Pennslyvanian Rob Diioia released his EP, Stranger In My Home Town last year in November. The track "Sanctified" from his EP comes right out with the goods, "Baby, you talkin' too much/ Don't make a sound". I caught myself scrambling to get this man's number!

Sounds Like: 
Pitbull
Sounds Like: 
One Direction
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2016
Artist: 
Logic
Label: 
Def Jam Recordings

After the very personal debut album Under Pressure, Logic has taken things to a new level. That level happens to be space. Now I'm a huge fan of themed albums with continuity or some kind of underlying story. The Incredible True Story follows the story of narrators, Thomas and Kai, in a post apocalyptic world in search of "Paradise". Most songs are followed by some spoken word or colorful commentary with some humor. Lyrically, Logic hasn't let us down.

Sounds Like: 
Logic
Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino
Sounds Like: 
J Cole
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2015
Artist: 
Theophilus London
Label: 
Warner Bros.

VIbes is the second full-length album from singer/rapper/Gap model (???) Theophilus London, and while it shows promise, it ultimately falls short of expectations. Theophilus London has always tried to blend genres, showing heavy influences from Caribbean dancehall music to electronica to pop. The best way I can describe Theophilus London is somewhere in-between Shabba Ranks and Blood Orange: music that is dance-focused and fun.

Sounds Like: 
Blood Orange
Sounds Like: 
Kilo Kish
Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi (only slightly)
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/22/2014
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