Hip-Hop

Caskets (single)

Artist: 
Bishop Nehru & MF Doom
Label: 
Lex Records

This track needs no introduction. Bishop Nehru is a young up and coming east coast rapper, his smooth style complements MF Dooms' perfectly. The beat is an instant classic Doom beat. Play this, and be sure to check out the Nehruvian Doom full album, also available in the stacks.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Sounds Like: 
Joey Badass
Name: 
Michael Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2014

Grunckles Gulch

Artist: 
Runt & Gunky Knuckles
Label: 
WeAreBugginOut.com

This is real deal hip hop, no facades, just "in your face" jams. Runt (Jivin Scientists) and producer Gunky Knuckles teamed up for the first edition of the We Are Buggin' Out Dyad Series. Runt is an expert when it comes to well thought out lyrics, some tracks are very upbeat while others have a more reflective feeling. This is an awesome EP. Play it on your show.

Free Download:

http://wearebugginout.com/the-dy-ad-1-grunckles-gulch-runt-x-gunky

Tracklist:

Sounds Like: 
Atmosphere
Sounds Like: 
Brother Ali
Name: 
Michael Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2014

You're Dead!

Artist: 
Flying Lotus
Label: 
Warp Records

Wow. A Left-Field Hip-Hop - Jazz Fusion expression of existential angst and beauty- a dark audial inquiry into the very meaning and nature of (im)mortality. Again, wow! Flying Lotus, the producer-identity of composer Steven Ellison, is back with his unconventional harmonizations, surreal tones, and existential themes, this time diving a little deeper into the jazz influence and metaphysical philosophical themes he is known to incorporate into his experimental Hip-Hop base.

Sounds Like: 
DJ Shadow
Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Name: 
Dominic Medina
Date Reviewed: 
10/16/2014

Singles

Artist: 
Jaden Smith
Label: 
N/A

Jaden Smith is best known as the son of actor Will Smith and brother of the slightly more successful musician Willow Smith. As an actor, musician, and occasional writer, Jaden has attracted a pretty significant following from fans of his films, bizarre Twitter account, and somewhat limited musical output. This trio of tracks certainly isn't breaking any new ground in the worlds of hip hop or R&B, but they're all worth a listen nonetheless. 

Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Sounds Like: 
Willow Smith
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
10/16/2014

Dresser (Lil Boy) feat. Young Thug Single

Artist: 
2 Chainz
Label: 
Def Jam

This one has some hot typical 2 Chainz- references to the gangster life, troubled, unloving relationships with women, and some off-the-wall ridiculous (in the [good] 2 Chainz way) metaphors. This one features Young Thug who I personally can't get enough of. Their first track together, the two switch cues frequently, playing off each others' lines and keeping the track interesting by creating a mixture of styles that amounts to more than the sum of its constitutive parts.

Sounds Like: 
Juicy J
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Dominic Medina
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2014

187

Artist: 
M.O.P.
Label: 
Nature Sounds

M.O.P. has been in the game since the early 90s, and their sound is heavily reminiscent of the gritty, boom bap New York style rap that was popular during that era. With "187" M.O.P. brings more hardcore rap and it's a welcome throwback during a time that is oversaturated with trap rap. Lil' Fame and Billy Danze sound great over this beat, with a thin static layer over the beat and their vocals, it truly feels like I've traveled back in the time to 90s.

Sounds Like: 
Onyx
Sounds Like: 
Gang Starr
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2014

Beetle Juice feat. Fredo Santana

Artist: 
Chief Keef
Label: 
Glory Boyz Entertainment

After rising to fame off of the strength of his smash hits "Love Sosa" and "Don't Like" Chief Keef released his debut LP Finally Rich and rode the wave of his newfound celebrity to numerous singles and features, inlcuding an appearance on Kanye West's Yeezus. Ever since then, Chief Keef has been relatively quiet when it comes to music, as he continues to tease fans to the release of his next major project entitled Bang 3. "Beetle Juice" is another track designed to hold over fans until the release of t

Sounds Like: 
Lil Durk
Sounds Like: 
Lil Reese
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2014

Alyss EP

Artist: 
Jon Waltz
Label: 
Self-Released

If A$AP Rocky and Drake had a kid, it’d be Jon Waltz. He has Drake’s singing abilities and Rocky’s flow and style, except he likes to rap over chill beats instead of Rocky’s trap production, just try and hear me out! This project isn’t bad; College Girl and Video Girl are tracks that definitely should be played on the air. Jon Waltz is someone who shouldn’t be slept on. If you want to mellow out, put on some Jon Waltz, and let Waltz take care for the rest.

Sounds Like: 
Drake for sure
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky kinda
Name: 
Mark Flores
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2014

Singles

Artist: 
Lil Wayne
Label: 
Cash Money

By Track:

Believe Me (feat. Drake):

Good hook to start, Drake's dad told him not to believe women who say they love him. Drake comes out with the usual cockiness- decent first verse, goes over the beat well. Weezy kills the second verse, coming out really feisty and excited. About half way through, the beat slows down and drake and Wayne each lay one more verse, both riding the beat pretty hard. Both make boisterous claims and Wayne makes some good puns.

Sounds Like: 
Birdman, T.I., Juicy J, Drake
Name: 
Dominic Medina
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2014

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Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar
Label: 
Interscope Records

w.o.w. this was so catchy.  I have to be in a very specific mood to enjoy Kendrick Lamar but this ish is good all the time, everyday.  I really like his voice but I usually do not like his background music but this single turned it around for me.  It is like fast paced R&B maybe even a little motown-y or disco or something.  It sounds like a song that should be on the soundtrack to Hitch (Willie Smith for life) which is a good thing.  The chorus is the best part of this little diddy and I like that the lyrics are about loving yourself.  Good job, Kendrick.

Sounds Like: 
lighthearted Jay-Z
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2014
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