Hip-Hop

Love. (Single)

Artist: 
Kid Cudi
Label: 
Self-Release

Now THIS is Kid Cudi. THIS is the Kid Cudi we've been waiting for and fell in love with. Glad he's back to making some dope music again. I definitely miss Kid Cudi, hopefully he keeps this up. He's currently doing a studio session, so maybe we can hope to see an album in the coming months? Wishful thinking, but I think we're all thinking it. This definitely isn't Up, Up, & Away, fast-paced and pop-y. This is more of the Lonely Stoner side coming out, so get ready to feel some feels, which is ok and accepted. 

Sounds Like: 
KID CUDI
Name: 
Karen Komine
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

SV8

Artist: 
S-Type
Label: 
LuckyMe

I honestly wasn't sure whether to classify this EP as hip hop or RPM, because it blends both. The music is almost entirely instrumental, and the beats are extremely well-produced. It is a banger. There is very little anticipation that is normally found in electronic music--it doesn't have huge builds that drop into a sparkly synth melody. This is all hard. It's deep, hitting bass that would blow out your speakers a lot easier than most electronic on the market.

Sounds Like: 
Hudson Mohawke
Sounds Like: 
Rustie
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2015

Peaches N Cream (Single)

Artist: 
Snoop Dogg
Label: 
Doggy Style Records

The latest release from Snoop Dogg and Pharell is a single off of Snoop's upcoming album BUSH. Peaches N Cream has the feel good vibes of a Pharell song and then Snoop comes in and does his thing per usual. I like this song but its not one that I would put on repeat. It is catchy and has some Doggy Style undertones but it did not completely capture my attention. 

Sounds Like: 
Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg,
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
03/12/2015

Jester's Dance

Artist: 
JB Nimble
Label: 
Ear Peace

I am a huge fan of the spoken word type rap. This album is something you can spin and just kinda vibe too. This guy kind of sounds like the white Hopsin, he raps about things that are apart from the mainstream. I like that few of his songs do tell a story and you can tell he's just a rapper trying to make it in the industry. He has to do something a little different to stand out. The lyrics really do have meaning and while he doesn't exactly spit fire he has a really good flow and there really isn't a bad song on the album. The beats are cool too.

Sounds Like: 
A white Hopsin
Sounds Like: 
according to spotify: White MIc
Name: 
Jacob Smith
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Imagination Proclamation (Singles)

Artist: 
Sol'Le
Label: 
n/a

Sol'Le is a rapper from Detroit, and this was an album of her singles from the past year. I thought this was a solid compliation. Her flow is really intense and urgent. She's a lot more into straight rhymes than sing-songy choruses, and the beats she raps on are pretty terse. While I wouldn't listen to this extensively on my own time because it isn't melodic as I personally like, it is a really solid and promising start from an emerging artist. Her rhymes are fairly clever and flow well, and she shows vision!

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West in Yeezus
Sounds Like: 
Dej Loaf -- partially because they're both female MC's from Detroit (sorry 4 stereotyping) but also they seriously both have that kinda childish (not in a bad way!!) androgynous voice
Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar especially at the end of "i" and in "The Blacker the Berry"
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Love (Single)

Artist: 
Kid Cudi
Label: 
Good Music

The song Love was recently released by Kid Cudi. The song is co-produced by Cudi himself as well as Dot Da Genius. It goes back to Cudi's early roots and includes a sample from Ratatat's "Sunblock". The song is nice and easy to listen to and the lyrics contain a very postitive message. It talks about the trials of loneliness an inspires hope in those who may be down. All in all a solid release from the Moon Man.

Sounds Like: 
Man on the Moon, Ratatat
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Future Brown

Artist: 
Future Brown
Label: 
Warp Records

This album is phenomenal. The cover art looks like it was taken on the inside of a car during a rainstorm, which I think is exactly how this album feels. It's subdued, but in a deep, cultivated way that feels more emotional than the maximalist posturing that a lot of rap beats can have. Future Brown is a producing team so they really put a lot of thought into making deep and complex beats with a light touch. The vocalists/rappers are all really good and diverse too. Just play it! Listen to it! It'll be good! 

Sounds Like: 
FKA Tw3igs but a lot more going on
Sounds Like: 
Majid Jordan
Sounds Like: 
Drake vibes (minimalist bangerz)
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Terry

Artist: 
Action Bronson
Label: 
Vice

Terry is the first single from Action Bronson's debut album Mr. Wonderful. The song immediately sends the listener into a trance with its airy production. Action's voice fades in and his verse becomes stronger as the song goes on. He uses his usual outlandish metaphors and of course there are a few food references in the song. Overall the song is pretty good and although the lyrics might not be too meaningful, the way his voice goes with the beat gives the song a deep and contemplative sound. 

Sounds Like: 
Blue Chips
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

EarthEE

Artist: 
THEESatisfaction
Label: 
Sub Pop

Yaaaaaassss. This will be your reaction to EarTHEE, THEESatisfaction's latest and sohpomore album. It's a spacey hip-hop, R & B mix of delicious songs that soothe your soul. Some of the songs are synthy while are others are more down to...Earth(EE). Most of them don't have a hook, but instead just kind of flow on. Just know that when you look at the album art, you're getting a pretty good idea of what you'll be listening to two commanding ladies in mid-air singing with their raspy and round voices while they travel through space on a cool geometric throne thing.

Sounds Like: 
Shabazz Places
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: