conscious hip hop

Artist: 
Young RJ
Label: 
Ne'Astra Music

The artist name at hand, Young RJ, presents itself to me in the weekly Wednesday meeting under a symbol I have definitely seen before, but in a different setting entirely. The Born Sinner album cover represented itself with a childish devil statue underneath an abstract form of a golden crown.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla influenced
Sounds Like: 
Like nothing you've heard before
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Ab-Soul
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Ab-Soul’s Do What Thou Wilt lends its name to the ever entrancing Law of Thelema, and it proves to be as convoluted yet entrancing as Thelema stipulates. Ab-Soul pulls no punches with his new edgy take for TDE by beginning with “RAW (Backwards)”, taking shots at Jay Electronica without a Kendrick feature presents a fresh new take at this Ab-Soul re-envisioned. Since TDE has been around, Ab-Soul has been an introspective writer in the sense that he has always been a thoughtful writer, talking about societal issues and personal reflection and exploration.

Sounds Like: 
Mick Jenkins
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Sounds Like: 
Black Hippy
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Zion I
Label: 
Mind Over Matter

     Zion I, aka Baba Zumbi's new album called The Labyrinth is a conscious rap album with personal, sociopolitical, and inspirational lyrics. The intro "Pre-Destine" and the outro "Departure" are recordings of Zumbi's two-year-oldson Kenji. Kenji had some kind words for his fathers listeners: "Hey people, don't hate. God will protect you. Focus on the good parts." The first two songs after the intro are Bangers! "What we Gone Do" is definitely a more trap oriented song.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
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