Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Mila J
Label: 
Self-released

        "MILAULONGTIME" is Mila J's 7-track Valentines Day mixtape. Although it's a Valentines drop, the songs are pretty diverse in moods. The opening track MOVE is a trap banger with that 'fuck the haters' type of vibe. FUCKBOY is a funky r&b song, probably holds the record for r&b song with the most f-bombs. YESTERDAY is a trap ballad featuring I.Rich.

Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Sounds Like: 
Jhene Aiko
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Young Dolph
Label: 
Paper Route Empire

Adolph "Young Dolph" Thorton released his new mixtape "Gelato" the day after releasing Play Wit Yo Bitch, a Yo Gotti diss track. The 11-track mixtape begins with title track Gelato and ends with the You Gotti diss track. The features on this record blend well with Young Dolph's trap style. Wiz Khalifa is featured on On the River.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Sampha
Label: 
Young Turks

You have may have heard him on his collaborations with Drake's Nothing Was the Same, or on the last track "Saint Pablo" off of Kanye West's excellent The Life of Pablo, or even more recently on "Don't Touch My Hair" by Solange. Sampha Sisay's (simply known as Sampha) has been widely recognized by an array up popular artists, and has been floating around the R&B spectrum of music since 2010, releasing two excellent EP's and a few promotional singles within that period of time.

Sounds Like: 
FKA twigs
Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Sounds Like: 
Solange
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Komplex Kai
Label: 
KK Entertainment LLC

Komplex Kai's "Do Right" is an album that goes harder than I expected. If you dig classic hype jams like DMX and hooks that you can chant along to, then this album is the right fit for you. "On The Map" really emphasizes how he's from the Northwest. While the song is repetitive and doesn't really have any shifts, the hook of the song is pretty good and it's easy to get the words right. However, the constant beep led to my boyfriend and I joking about how it sounded like a microwave that wouldn't stop going off.

Sounds Like: 
Knowmads - Similar rap style as Wilson
Sounds Like: 
DMX - On the harder tracks
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2017
Artist: 
22 Savage
Label: 
Travis James Entertainment

22 Savage, not to be confused with the totally not famous rapper 21 Savage, has a new mixtape called "Nothing 2 Live 4." While it may seem that 22 Savage has so many things to live for (his hos, his money, his hood, and his reputation), surprisingly enough he still has nothing to live for. Maybe it's because people still think that 21 Savage is better than 22 Savage? Don't be confused, as 22 Savage says, "this ain't 21 b****, this 22!" He makes that abundantly clear in the first track.

Sounds Like: 
21 Savage - ... Does this really need an explanation?
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug - Sings like him on "rain"
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2017
Artist: 
Rexx Life Raj
Label: 
Rexx Life / Empire

This is what I love about hip hop; no two rappers rap the same nor produce the same. However when you look at trap music, this distinction is nearly impossible to make. With Rexx Life Raj’s album Father Figure, the Berkeley rapper’s new album looks at everyday life in a new light, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Sounds Like: 
Khalid
Sounds Like: 
Eli Sostre
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2017
Artist: 
Canon
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

Canon provides a good listening album, hard delivery, fast beats and positive instead of derogatory lyrics comprise this album. It is not my favorite due to it being quite well fitted, and typical of a lot of hip hop music out their currently.  Canon is based in Atlanta but raised in Chicago thusly providing a base for his perspective on life, art, and faith with those origins in mind. The sound is upbeat and fast paced, cleanly delivered lyrics, a lot of repetition in word delivery and although not the most creative or unique sounding it is an enjoyable album.

Sounds Like: 
Gift Of Gab
Sounds Like: 
Capitol Kings
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2017
Artist: 
Big Sean
Label: 
GOOD Music

Big Seans drops a new album, I Decided., followed from his previous 2015 album release Dark Sky Paradise that features some big names such as Kanye West, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, etc. This new album includes a whole other line up of other big artists that include Eminem, Jeremih, Migos, and more.

Sounds Like: 
The one and only Big Sean
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Chief Keef
Label: 
Glo Gang

Two Zero One Seven is Chief Keef's latest mixtape which he self-released on January 1st, 2017.

Sounds Like: 
Montana of 300
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017

Fin

Artist: 
Syd
Label: 
The Internet

R&B juggernaut The Internet has taken a small hiatus to focus on individual members' solo projects. On frontwoman's Syd solo debut, Fin, she gets deep over some late 90's R&B production. Many critics have made the vocal and musical comparison between Aaliyah and Syd on Fin, and I won't disagree.

Sounds Like: 
Aaliyah
Sounds Like: 
SZA
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
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