Hip-Hop

Artist: 
TK Kravitz
Label: 
TK N Cash

TK Kravitz does in fact have bangers, there’s no denying that. Coming from Atlanta, you expect nonetheless. I rarely listen to this type of hip hop however I will admit it is a chilled out mixtape from the first song to the last. Maybe I need to listen to it a few more times, or maybe the constant driving from one place to the next in my car and cutting songs adjacent with exit times messes up the vibe. Who knows, but regardless give this a try as an addition to your next hype party vibe mixtape and see if it flies. 

Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2016
Artist: 
Juicy J
Label: 
Kemosabe Records

While we patiently wait for "Rubbaband Business: The Album" (dropping later in 2016) and also "THC: The Hustle Continues", Juicy J continues to deliver a string of hit or miss mixtapes to keep his eager fans busy. Fortunately for Juicy J, this mixtape, unlike his previous release, seems to be more of a hit than a miss. In this mixtape, Juicy J goes back to his memphis rap roots and blends it eloquently with modern (Atlanta) trap sound. This mixtape offers a plethora of heavy hitting trap producers including Southside, Lex Luger, Metro Boomin, and TM88.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane, The Old Three Six Mafia
Name: 
Sai A. Sreedhar
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2016
Artist: 
Isaiah Rashad
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

First and foremost I would like to start the review by saying, Wow! This album completely shattered my expectations. I didn’t really know who Isaiah Rashad was prior to this album but I definitely know who he is now. There wasn’t a song on this album that I did not like. This style of rap is really kicked back. It seems when Rashad raps he speaks very softly compared to most rappers nowadays who just shout. It’s a different style than I’m used to when it comes to rap.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Earl Sweatshirt
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Atmosphere
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

This CD is pretty good to just hang out to and listen to in the car or as background music. A lot of the songs really do sound the same. I was listening to the CD while I was working Tapingo and before I knew it I went through the whole CD and didn't realize that the songs really changed because they meshed from one song to the next. Yet, I still do have my favorite songs on the album.  Atmosphere tells some pretty interesting stories through his rap that's forsure.

Sounds Like: 
Mac Lethal
Sounds Like: 
Murs
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
10isee Williams
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

10isee Williams, the Seattle- based Hip Hop artist with a rather clever name, released his debut album on October 10th, 2015, illustrating what it is like to be up and coming from the ground up. The album is entitled Gorilla Warfare, and throughout his laidback lackadaisical flow, 10isee Williams is able to brush upon topics like politics and race via a production team that was able to implement beats reminiscent of the trip-hop elements of Mac Miller’s Delusional Thomas or Faces.

Sounds Like: 
BadBadNotGood
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Freelancers
Label: 
Keplarsoul

Freelancers presents All American Crazy Family a very interesting album, with great social commentary (especially in regards to the current American election). The album opens up with a spoken word intro featuring small soundclip from Trump. The next track Hola Compa has a blend of rap and and latin singing. The style is almost reminiscent of the Gorillaz, specifically Del the Funky Homosapien. The way Freelancers have a variety of beats miexed in with the rap really does give the album that great Gorillaz feel.

Sounds Like: 
Gorillaz
Sounds Like: 
Del The Funky Homosapien
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2016
Artist: 
Invisibl Skratch Piklz
Label: 
Alpha Pup Records

This album is stictly Early hip-hop; turntablism and DJ  music. These guys are faithful to the genre on this album but it has variety. The first song Holy Crap...Who Goes There? sounds like the perfect track to breakdance to, while Black Hole vs. Brown Hole sounds more like current trap music, heavy bass paired with a bunch of different samples. The tracks that stood out to me were Kenny G's Perm, and Booby Trap; Kenny G's Perm has an elevator music feel to it mixed with hip-hop which was cool.

Sounds Like: 
the X-Men
Sounds Like: 
the Beat Junkies
Sounds Like: 
the Skratch Piklz
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2016
Artist: 
clipping.
Label: 
Sup Pop Records

A very strange and experimental rap album. The fastest paced rapping I have ever hear, if that impresses you and you think you could have hear tighter faster, almost incomprehensible speech rap you should check this out, you will be proven wrong. With lots of this type and style of rap mixed with vintage song tracks of gospel, dishes breaking, rain sounding droplet patterns in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Earl Sweatshirt
Sounds Like: 
Micheal Christmas
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Travis Scott
Label: 
Grand Hustle/G.O.O.D. Music

“Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” is the sophomore album and the 4th overall project released by G.O.O.D. Music/Grand Hustle signee Travis Scott. BITTSM is a follow up album to Scott’s debut album titled “Rodeo” which proved to be both successful commercially and innovative musically. Unfortunately, for Scott “BITTSM” seems to take a step backward in his creativity and turns out to be more of an average album which is more so carried by the features on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Young Thug, T.I., Kid Cudi at times
Name: 
Sai A. Sreedhar
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016