Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Andrew Joslyn
Label: 
Lux Finite

I haven't heard anything like this before, but this is the kind of music that I've been looking for for a long time. Have you ever wondered to yourself "What if Elanor Rigby had drums too?" Because that's basically what this album sounds like. And it rocks. THe songs all consist of some orchestral instrumentation with sampled beats played underneath and a guest vocalist singing. A lot of the beats sound vintage and old school, really boom bap and remind me of golden age hip hop. The vocals are all sung instead of rapped but still this album is awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Shelby Earl
Sounds Like: 
Elanor Rigby with hip hop beats
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017
Artist: 
Desiigner
Label: 
UMG Recordings

Desiigner redeems himself after a devastating flop on his latest album New English. It's a good step up from what he's released, more of that hype, and hard beats. HE keeps the flows fresh, and maintains the signature sound he had you hooked on from the release of Panda. Instrumentals, could have been better, but I think the verses make up for it. You wont be dissapointed with these tracks. Definately radio worthy, hopefully they can be cleaned in time for play 

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2017
Artist: 
Joey Bada$$
Label: 
Pro Era

Few rappers in the realm of popular music are as serious about their art as a technical skill as Joey Bada$$. Hip Hop is not an image to Joey B, the 22 year old rapper believes in the ability of the art form to truly take the listener to a different place.

Sounds Like: 
Tupac Shakur
Sounds Like: 
Nas
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Trey Songz
Label: 
Warner Music Group

This album has sensual written all over it. If you're making love tonight, this is the album to help put things in the mood. It's like the modern day Berry White. This is the smoothest and silkiest RnB album today. Trey Songz making me feel some type of way while I type and listen to this. It's soft and smooth, but Trey remains in his strong manly voice. He ain't shy like Drake, he doesn't need to be hard, but he can if he wants too. Excellent album if you're into him and his stuff, there has to be one song on here that is radio worthy. 

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Chris Brown
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2017
Artist: 
Krooked Treez
Label: 
BNV Productions

What happens when you put Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Sid of Slipknot, and Karim of Arise Roots? You get the amazingness that is Militant Soldier with Krooked Treez. I'm not sure how they assembled this peculiar group of people for a track, but works all to well. It opens with a very classic hip-hop beat, resembling the work of Cypress Hill. The steady brass in the beat works very nicely with the drums. Karim from Arise Roots starts off with a nice reggae sing-sound in the track. The whole track is very high energy, classic, and just dope.

Sounds Like: 
Cypress Hill
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Tory Lanez
Label: 
Self-Released

The New Toronto 2 by Tory Lanez is definitely one of my top picks for underrated music works in the past year.  It most likely flew under people’s radar being released in December. The transitions during and between songs astounded me, so much that songs like “Talk To Me Nice/Fargo” sounds like it could be two different tracks. This style works, however, it is reminiscent of Drake and keeps the listener drawn in.

Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Trey Songz
Label: 
Self-Released

Trey Songz’s mixtape Anticipation III was released prior to Trey’s album Tremaine. The mixtape was the third work in his anticipation series. The mixtape sounds like the Trey Songz music we all know. It is good but it is lacking growth. This mixtape was a huge disappointment for me because Trey played it safe. The beats, lyric and content for each song feels like a photocopied version of one another with a slither of Photoshop.

Sounds Like: 
Jeremih
Sounds Like: 
The-Dream
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Tasha the Amazon
Label: 
The Truth Music Group

Tasha the Amazon’s debut album Die Every Day is definitely an interesting listen. A Canadian rapper and she is not shying away from the intensity or the fresh beats of the Canadian rappers before her. Her lyrics are more intense as if she is trying to prove herself on the rap scene, which is understandable as an upcoming female artist. In the song prayer we see this in the lyrics like,

 

Sounds Like: 
Tru Fam
Sounds Like: 
Audra the Rapper
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Jidenna
Label: 
Wondaland

The Chief is the debut studio album from Wondaland artist Jidenna. Jidenna previously burst onto the scene in 2015 with the release of the critically acclaimed track “Classic Man”. Coupled with the instant hit remixed version of the song featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Classic Man” went on to be Grammy nominated and put Jidenna on the map. After a short break, Jidenna resurfaced with an incredible guest performance of his song “Long Live the Chief” on Marvel’s Luke Cage, which would go on to be the first single from the Album.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
CashPassion
Label: 
Independent

CashPassion's possibilities is the first EP released by former Travis Scott engineer turned rapper. The project is heavily trap influenced which makes sense given the rapper's connection with prominent trap-rap artists such as Travis Scott. Cashpassion shoots for many of the same beats, vocal performances, and flows that Travis Scott has become known for but unfortunately does so on a far less grander and less epic scale.

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scoot
Sounds Like: 
Post Malone
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
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