Hip-Hop

Retaliation (Single)

Artist: 
Boosie Badazz
Label: 
Atlantic Records

The single put out by Boosie Badazz (formerly Lil Boosie) is best summed up by its' title. Retaliation is the theme of this track and he song is about Boosie coming back on his enemies. He talks about guns and fighting and uses some strong language. You can tell that he is angry in this track and the style of his flow reflects that. I enjoyed the song and one thing is for sure I would not want to come across Boosie Badazz in a bad mood. 

Sounds Like: 
Big Krit
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2015

Welcome to Los Santos

Artist: 
Alchemist
Label: 
Rockstar Games

This is a fun album with a lot of variety. The Alchemist was able to enlist the talents of various bands and rappers to create a mix that has something for everyone. There are reggae songs as well as some electronic sounding tracks but the majority of it is centered around hip-hop. Some notable features are Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Curren$y, Danny Brown, E40 and ASAP Ferg. The album has a sort of grunginess in it which can especially be heard in the track featuring Freddie Gibbs. The theme of rebellion shows up and the album pairs nicely with Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto.

Sounds Like: 
grand theft auto
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2015

The Powers that B

Artist: 
Death Grips
Label: 
Indie

The Powers that B overlays noisy punk rock styles with the hip-hop genre by repeating many incoherent beats on top of one another, but instead of sounding unnecessary and unlistenable, it actually changes the listeners view of what hip-hop can do. Basically, the album overall sounds like angry men who identified with the punk lifestyle, but preferred the hip-hop genre.

Sounds Like: 
Dalek
Sounds Like: 
Shabazz Palaces
Name: 
Taylor Ducklow
Date Reviewed: 
05/05/2015

Me U & Hennessy-Single

Artist: 
Dej Loaf
Label: 
Columbia Records

Okay, so this song is sensual. And I mean sensual. Dej Loaf brings some very lucid lyrics in her token soft, honeyed tone and Lil Wayne comes in with some similarly frank lyrics in a lazy drawl reminiscent of what he sounded like on his track How to Love. The smooth R&B background elicits a sultry tone and the whole song is basically the track anyone is looking for if they want a straight-up sexy narration of some intimacy. The track is clean, so it can definitely be played on air, but the intense, sultry tone of the suggestive lyrics is very prominent. 

Sounds Like: 
Tinashe, only more intense and with a stickier, deeper voice and, well, only Lil Wayne sounds like Lil Wayne.
Name: 
Brianna Bartos
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2015

Yoga (Single)

Artist: 
Janelle Monae ft Jidenna
Label: 
Wondaland Records/Epic

Yoooo this is an awesome summer jam! It has an almost EDM-y (I guess it is EDM, cause like, the beat is electronic) build-up and then the drop is really cool and then suddenly you're on the beach with Janelle Monae and "Britney" (Spears?? I hope so).  It's really dancible and yoga also refers to dancing but kinda ties in with a self-love theme too? it's a song with a lot of different moving parts but they all tie together really well. It's less jazzy and more pop-y than most Janelle Monae songs. Play this to get in the mood for summer.

Sounds Like: 
Beyoncé
Sounds Like: 
It kinda sounds like Wil.I.Am is doing the background singing?
Sounds Like: 
Less like Janelle Monae than you would think.
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2015

Bitch Better Have My Money

Artist: 
Rihanna
Label: 
Roc Nation / Rihanna

 I've always been here for Rihanna, but I really like what this single means for the way her sound is ~hopefully~ going, which is in a more rap direction. And she says that she wants to do more authentic music so that's pretty exciting. Her voice has always been an interesting mixture of melodic and abrasive and she really uses the abrasiveness to her advantage in this trap-ish banger. It's consistently compared to Pour It Up, and with good reason. However, it has more grit and less luxury, which I like a lot.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
Travi$ Scot
Sounds Like: 
Pour It Up
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2015

American Music

Artist: 
Gangstagrass
Label: 
Rence Audio

So... if you're a country fan you probably don't have this album. If you're a hip-hop fan you probably don't have this album. The only way I could conceive someone buying this is if they misread the album title. Gangstagrass is composed of two rappers, a banjo player/male singer, a female country singer/violinist, and two guitarists. I don't know what the goal was for this album, but they missed it. It's rap with bluegrass behind it with a seriously spiritural and religously themed lyrics. It's not terrible, just not enjoyable.

Sounds Like: 
Rench
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2015

U Mad (Single)

Artist: 
Vic Mensa
Label: 
Virgin EMI Records

The production on this record is triumphant! Vic's verse is nice and he hits the beat perfectly. The hook comes in very low but provides a perfect atmosphere for the beat to play over. Kanye comes in singing and then proceeds to sing rap the rest of his verse. Both of the artists on the track sound very similar but it works. The song is something that will pump you up. It made me wish I was on a plane that I owned travelling the world with a bunch of models. Overall a solid song, the beat is fantastic and the rappers do a great job of laying down the verses.

Sounds Like: 
Drake, Kanye
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2015

Show You (Single)

Artist: 
Fetty Wap Feat. Montana Bucks
Label: 
300 Entertainment

This single from Fetty Wap is a good listen. The production is big and the hook creates a nice vibe for the entirety of the song. It's a song that would be great for rolling around in the car on a nice summer day. Montana Bucks provides a nice verse that fits well with the rest of the song. What the song lacks in depth it makes up for with good vibes. All in all this is a feel good track and worth a spin.

Sounds Like: 
Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2015

White Iverson [Single]

Artist: 
Post Malone
Label: 
N/A

I've slept on "White Iverson" for too long. This song has been buzzing for a quick lil minute now, but I never gave it a listen because I figured it was one of those awful white boy/parody-party rap songs that only a select few (aka Riff Raff) can pull off on some level. However, Post Malone has created something quite the opposite with "White Iverson". Dipping in and out of singing and rapping over a sparse, smooth beat from FKI, Post Malone weaves basketball metaphors with an infectious hook that'll have you coming back to this track over & over again.

Sounds Like: 
James Blake but with more basketball & braids and less angst
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2015
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