Hip-Hop

Z

Artist: 
SZA
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

This album sounds very uncertain, and I kept picturing clouds of swirling mist while listening to it.  However, I think that was what SZA was going for with "Z".  Her singing sounds very pained, and I would guess that she was not going for a lighthearted album.  Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar make appearances which helps to add some diversity to the quality of the lyrics.  What I like about this album is that SZA manages to set a very distinct mood and stick to it.

Sounds Like: 
Macabre R&B with a electronic twist.
Name: 
Nick Cotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2014

Antennae

Artist: 
The Premiere
Label: 
none

I'm not a hip-hop expert really, but I can say from what I know, this isn't really that great. According to the label they sound like The Gorillaz and Outkast, so where could we go wrong? We could. Like The Gorillaz, The Premiere features two artists, Phoenix Arizona's David Jackman and Adam Wilkey, whose singing and rapping are backed by electronic and some guitar (of which are really not too bad). The rapping is actually pretty good and I enjoyed listening to it (I'm not sure which of the two raps).

Sounds Like: 
I guess the Gorillaz (but definitely not as cool)
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2014

Piñata

Artist: 
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Label: 
Madlib Invazion

Piñata is a collaboration between Indiana gangsta rapper Freddie Gibbs and prolific hip-hop producer and occasional rapper Madlib. Since its announcement in 2011 and a string of three EPs with tracks that would end up on Piñata, hype has built up pretty high for this collaborative effort and it certainly meets that hype.

Sounds Like: 
Freddie Gibbs
Sounds Like: 
Madlib
Sounds Like: 
NWA
Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2014

The Ocean

Artist: 
Deca
Label: 
Deca records

 

 

This album creates a very comfortable and easy going atmoshere through the music. The album is composed of different  interviews Deca had with his friends and family. It is a very intersting sound, very chill feeling while listeing to this album. No two songs sound the same which is very nice, You can always except something new! structurely this abum is beautifuly put together. From the rythmes, to the lryics this album is like no other. If you listen to the whole album you will feel as if yo go on a journey with him. 

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Sheridan Fidelman
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2014

Bitter (Single)

Artist: 
Atmosphere
Label: 
Rhymesayers

The quintessential “emo rap”. I think that’s a dumb thing to call it, but some people do. If you imagine the development of Slug’s style of music as a line from his early career to the Family Sign album, then I’d say this song is the next logical step after The Family Sign. If you're unfamiliar with Atmosphere's past works, I would recommend giving it a listen. Slug's raps are always easy to comprehend and are unproblematic as well as lyrically interesting and catchy! He's an old guy with a son and is quite friendly on stage.

Sounds Like: 
Grieves
Sounds Like: 
Eyedea
Sounds Like: 
Brother Ali
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2014

Know No Better

Artist: 
Meek Mill
Label: 
MMG, Universal

Know No Better is the latest work from Meek Mill. The track has a light build up that quickly transcends into a heavy bass line. On the track Meek Mill has a feature from Yo Gotti. Considered to be one of the top MC’s out right now, Meek Mill certainly proves it in this song. This track is clean and ready to be played.  

Sounds Like: 
Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Big Sean
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2014

War Ready

Artist: 
Rick Ross
Label: 
MMG, Universal

War Ready is your typical Rick Ross MMG music. Coming off Rick Ross’s latest album, Mastermind. The track features Young Jeezy. Mike Will Made It so you know right off the back it is going to be a slapper. There’s heavy use of 808’s with a gangsta rap attitude throughout the song. War Ready is definitely worth a spin. This track is clean and ready to be played.

Sounds Like: 
Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Mike Will Made It
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2014

Drunk In Love

Artist: 
Beyonce
Label: 
Columbia

Here’s another remix of Drunk In Love by Beyonce. This time Kanye West puts his stamp on the song and kills it. He features in the beginning of the song and most likely talking about his relationship with Kim. The beat is typically kept the same minus some small switches. It sounds like Kanye played a part in the production of this beat as well. This song is totally clean and ready for airplay.  

Sounds Like: 
Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, RaVaughnn
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2014

Drunk in Love Remix

Artist: 
basically the Weeknd but it's a Beyonce song
Label: 
XO/Parkwood

so The Weeknd basically just redoes "Drunk in Love" with like all new lyrics about pills and fucking blow-addicted models on the dressing room floor, which I understand is like made of concrete, and also Dat Life just in general you know.  But the beat is generally retained, so it's still a jam.  Kind of a sordid jam.  Blackberry jam.  Remember Blackberrys?  The best part of the song is when he like monster distorts his voice to make him sound like Satan or a cyclops.    

Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Sounds Like: 
mixed with Beyonce
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2014

Move That Dope (single)

Artist: 
Future ft. Pusha T, Pharrell, Casino
Label: 
FBG

This song is definitely a banger but hard to listen to as it is the clean version. Future and Pusha T both stick to their usual content, but it definitely works for this beat. The track runs a bit long and I lose interest after Pusha T's verse but I could see my self playing half of this song. I wish this didn't have Pharrell but people really like him so I guess it makes sense for this sort of song.

 

 

Sounds Like: 
Not as good Waka
Name: 
Alp Yazirdag
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2014