Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Prof
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

Minnesota rapper Prof has been around since the early 2000’s.  Over the span of his career, Prof has released three studio albums, with his third being the recently released Pookie Baby. Pookie Baby Is interesting, but it never really hooked me throughout my multiple listens. There were a few stand out tracks like “Light Work” and “Time Bomb” which sound like your classic 2018 rap songs, but most of this album really just didn’t do it for me. My main criticism with this album is some of the tracks just come off as edgy and immature.

Sounds Like: 
Cecil Otter
Sounds Like: 
Sims
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2018
Artist: 
Cardi B
Label: 
Atlantic Records

Bronx rapper, Cardi B, has just released her first full-length studio album titled, Invasion of Privacy, and I am honestly shocked with how much I enjoyed listening to it. This album comes in at 13 tracks in total, each feeling fresh and unique. It is apparent that Cardi poured all that she had into this album and let me tell you, it was all worth it. This isn’t just some half-assed trap album, this is an album filled with great beats, entertaining verses, and awesome features.

Sounds Like: 
Lil' Kim
Sounds Like: 
Nikki Minaj
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2018
Artist: 
Danny Watts
Label: 
Authors / The Order Label

Black Boy Meets World is Huston rapper Danny Watts first studio album. Ex Costco employee, Watts decided he was meant for bigger things and didn’t want to be stocking shelves forever. He took to sound cloud, met a few other rappers, moved to L.A., and the rest is history.  Black Boy Meets World is extremely well done and deserves way more attention than its getting. Watts has only been in the game for about two years and I feel as if he is already mastering the dark/alternative hip- hop genre.

Sounds Like: 
Ameer Vann
Sounds Like: 
Tyler, the Creator
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
J.I.D.
Label: 
Interscope Records

The Never Story by Atlanta rapper J. I. D. (Destin Route) is interesting to say the least. After a slew of singles, J.I.D. decided that it was time to make his first full length album. For someone who has never previously heard of this Atlanta rapper before, I feel as if The Never Story was a great introduction to Route’s interesting rap style. Route’s vocals vary from track to track, but usually he raps in an odd higher pitch voice which can be compared to Kendrick Lamar’s vocals in the back half of the insanely popular track “m.A.A.d city”.

Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Lil Yachty
Label: 
Quality Control Music

Lil Yachty's newest album Lil Boat 2 is probably what you imagine when you think of Lil Yachty. The album doesn't expand upon the popular rapper's repertoire. Auto-tune is heavy, the beats are repetitive, and the verses are mumble rap. This doesn't necessarily mean that I dislike Lil Boat 2 but it does get exhausting listening to what feels like the same song over and over again.

Sounds Like: 
Migos - Quavo and Offset are both on this album and the beat of "TALK TO ME NICE" is just like something off of Culture
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert - Autotune singing and mumble rapping. A bit darker sounding than Uzi though
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
Artist: 
Elaquent
Label: 
Urbnet

You must listen to this EP with headphones to get the full experience! This EP is a mix of hip hop, jazz and synth. It’s really pretty and soft instrumental music.

Sounds Like: 
Hip Hop Tycho
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
Citizen Kay
Label: 
ONETWO

Belly of the Beast by Citizen Kay is really funky. Citizen Kay, a rapper from Australia first caught public attention with his debut EP Demokracy. The music has jazz, blues and rock influences. However, a lot of the music is electronic. He has some cool keyboard riffs on his album. It is actually super refreshing to listen to. Seriously, this guy has talent. Citizen Kay’s raps are smooth, with a hint of 90’s retro sound. The album kind of sounds like Lamar's earlier To Pimp a Butterfly, but a lot less explicit and more rock influenced.

Sounds Like: 
Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Briggs
Sounds Like: 
if Childish Gambino and Kanye West did something maybe?
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
Migos
Label: 
Quality Control Music

Unfortunately, Culture II is not as great as Culture. While absolutely jam packed with new music, the new album did not live up to expectations. The album itself was a crazy 1 hour and 45 minutes in length, and its length contributed to its downfall. Sometimes it is best to just keep some ideas to oneself instead of trying to cram them all into one alub. Songs were too long and somewhat annoying, and after a hit like "Bad and Boujee," that still is a great bump, the tracks on Culture II were mostly disappointing and unoriginal.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
21 Savage
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
Hayley Kiyoko
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

27-year-old, singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer, Hayley Kiyoko is out with her debut album “Expectations”, released on March 30, and IT IS PERFECT.  You may know her as Stevie from the Disney channel show Wizards of Waverly Place, Stella from the Disney channel original movie Lemonade Mouth, or Velma from the live-action Scooby Doo movie. Well now she’s all grown up and blonde! I was already a big fan of hers before I knew she was coming out with an album.

Sounds Like: 
Halsey
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Sounds Like: 
The Aces
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2018
Artist: 
Moka Only
Label: 
URBNET Records

20 tracks, approximately 41 minutes long, and he goes by one name, and only one. He calls for your attention, and yours alone, hence the title name of this album, Concert for One. At times, I forgot that I was listening to an album for this day and age; and old school flow for the new school daze? “some eggs just scramble themselves”, he states in his message to his fans; a prelude for what is to come your way, breakfast served for anytime of the day.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla beats meets...
Sounds Like: 
ATCQ raps
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2018
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