Hip-Hop

Hands Up [Single]

Artist: 
Vince Staples
Label: 
Def Jam

Vince Staples is a rising star in hip-hop, and "Hands Up" is a perfect example of this. Vince shows he can create a conscious, serious track that delivers a hard-hitting message with the release of this single in the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, MO. His lyrics are poignant and raw, telling a story that so many can relate to. He does all of this over a very catchy, West Coast style beat that displays his rhyming versatility and skill.

Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
10/30/2014

Pay Attention feat. Rico Love [Single]

Artist: 
Big K.R.I.T.
Label: 
Def Jam

"Pay Attention" is the first single from Big K.R.I.T.'s forthcoming album entitled Cadillactica. K.R.I.T. has continue to rise in the hip-hop community through the release of stellar mixtape after stellar mixtape. However, his debut LP Live from the Underground flopped as it displayed K.R.I.T. venturing away from his signature southern style and lyricism and veering toward a more bland, mainstream sound that he was ill-suited for. With "Pay Attention" he attempts to toe the line between radio friendly single and vintage K.R.I.T.

Sounds Like: 
Big Sant
Sounds Like: 
UGK
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2014

Single

Artist: 
Logic
Label: 
Def Jam

This was some pretty standard Logic.  I love him and I think he is extremely talented but sometimes I wish he would rap about something a little more substantial.  Here we have another song about "the rapper life" and how they work so hard for everything they got but I think he could bring a little more next time.  That being said this is still a pretty sweet track.  There's a really good beat.  I could see this song in a nike commercial or something.  He always has some stellar flows and he kept it up on this one.

Sounds Like: 
G-Eazy
Sounds Like: 
Wiz Khalifa-ish
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2014

Vinyl Reissued Radio Sampler

Artist: 
Nightmares on Wax
Label: 
Warp

A sampler of the Nightmare on Wax backcatalogue, this disc contains some of the best downtempo hip-hop beats there are. The compilation features a diverse collection of gems spanning from 1991 to 2008 and includes tracks from 6 unique Nightmares on Wax albums.

Sounds Like: 
Thievery Corporation
Sounds Like: 
Skylab
Name: 
Dominic Medina
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2014

NehruvianDOOM

Artist: 
MF Doom & Bishop Nehru
Label: 
Lex Records

This album is a collaboration between veteran producer/emcee MF Doom, and young, up and comer Bishop Nehru. The album features the classic sounding beats that are unique to MF Doom, and Bishop Nehru's "1994 golden era revival sound" matches perfectly with them. There are some cleverly put together lyrics, including a reference to a missing plane in Mylasia in the track "Disasterous." While some may argue Bishop Nehru is still evolving and growing as an emcee, this collaboration with MF Doom definitely pushes him high in the rankings of modern emcees.

Sounds Like: 
Joey Bada$$
Sounds Like: 
Madlib
Name: 
Mike Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2014

How Bout Now

Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
OVO

What can I say? It's a Drake track, so you know it's always going to be either a banger or a soft, melodic chill track. This time Drake goes with his soft side again, but it could be the combination of the soothing and bumping production that makes up for that. Definitely recommended!!!!!

Sounds Like: 
Girls Love Beyonce- Drake
Name: 
Mark Flores
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2014

The Light in the Addict

Artist: 
Party Supplies Ft: Action Bronson & Black Atlass
Label: 
NONE

This Party Supplies produced track is an instant pick for those of you who just want to mellow out and relax. There's nothing that special about the track other than Action Bronson bringing his laidback flow.

Sounds Like: 
Blues songs since it has that slow, mellow beat with the piano
Name: 
Mark Flores
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2014

Syrup in My Soda

Artist: 
Riff Raff ft. ILOVEMAKONNEN
Label: 
NONE

This Mike Will Made it produced track is an instant banger, which features the voices of southern artists, Riff Raff and ILOVEMAKONNEN. Riff Raff's lyrics are per usual; somewhat garbage. But the beat makes up for it! And if you enjoyed ILOVEMAKONNEN's vocals on "Tuesday", you'll defintiely enjoy "Syrup in My Soda"!

Sounds Like: 
Tuesday (Remix)
Name: 
Mark Flores
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2014

Chimes EP

Artist: 
Hudson Mohawke
Label: 
Warp Records

By Song:

Chimes:

Has that lo-fi, 8-bit sound that is gaining some traction in some underground dance music (IDM, namely), some heavy horns, and some clean, melodic chimes. Intro and breakdown are dreamy, verses are heavy and grimey- dropped in with the deep "WHO." Overall not bad, but not personally a fan of the noisiness of 8-bit.

Brainwave:

Sounds Like: 
TNGHT
Sounds Like: 
Dorian Concept
Name: 
Dominic Medina
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Chimes EP

Artist: 
Hudson Mohawke
Label: 
Warp Records

By Song:

Chimes:

Has that lo-fi, 8-bit sound that is gaining some traction in some underground dance music (IDM, namely), some heavy horns, and some clean, melodic chimes. Intro and breakdown are dreamy, verses are heavy and grimey- dropped in with the deep "WHO." Overall not bad, but not person