Hip-Hop

Persistence of Memory EP

Artist: 
turan
Label: 
T.R.I.B.E.

Turan is a British rapper and Persistence of Memory is his debut project and it delivers in a big way. Weaving narrative lyrics with beats that are atmostpheric and combine elements from other genres make for a truly beautiful experience on this project. Turan's lyrics seems to be coming from a place that is very personal, and their raw, emotional quality is a refreshing change in a rap game that is oversaturated with people more eager to talk about the number of chains around their neck than their feelings.

Sounds Like: 
Raury
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2014

thanks for the tip. (mud butt & Pepto) [Single]

Artist: 
pizza boy.
Label: 
N/A

pizza boy. is an anonymous internet rapper with no known backstory or history, but his music is slowly gaining a following online since the release of his debut LP no tip necessary.  thanks for the tip. (mud butt & Pepto) is pretty sweet and covers such topics as eating Jennifer Lawrence's ass and being the shit at rapping. His flow and content may come off simplistic initially, but if you delve into the track and pick it apart more, he has some pretty interesting things to say about life imitating art and the rap industry hype machine.

Sounds Like: 
milo
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2014

Put It On Me feat. Mimi [Single]

Artist: 
Dr. Dre & DJ Quik
Label: 
Priority Records

This song was made for the Training Day Soundtrack and is a surprising love track from Dr. Dre and DJ Quik. However, they are able to inject their aggressiveness into a song that goes into explicit detail about pleasing a woman. Featuring a sugary sweet, crooned hook from Mimi, this is track is indeed X-rated as DJ Quik proclaims at the top of the track, but fear not the radio edit is good for radio airplay if you ever have the urge to journey back to 2001 with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. 

Sounds Like: 
Kurupt
Sounds Like: 
Too $hort
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2014

Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl) [Single]

Artist: 
A Tribe Called Quest
Label: 
Zomba Recording

One of the singles from A Tribe Called Quest's iconic third album, Midnight Marauders, "Electric Relaxation" is classic Tribe. Q-Tip and Phife trade verses and quips about hangin' with a lady and trying to have some "fun" with her. The smooth production is the perfect complement to this track, and puts you in the setting of trying to hollah at a girl.

Sounds Like: 
Q-Tip
Sounds Like: 
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2014

A Better Tomorrow

Artist: 
Wu Tang Clan
Label: 
Soul Temple

Wu Tang Clan does it again.  Everyone knows that they are probably going to go down as one of the greatest rap groups of all time and it's pretty great to hear them putting some new stuff out there again.  Head to toe its just an amazing song.  It's super chill and melodic.  It combines all the best components of a good rap song, there's a catchy hook, flawless flows and the beat ties it all together well.  There might have even been some trumpets? A saxophone?  They have essentially perfected the combination of their voices and it really shows.

Sounds Like: 
Nas
Sounds Like: 
Jay-Z kinda
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2014

A Better Tomorrow

Artist: 
Wu Tang Clan
Label: 
Soul Temple

Wu Tang Clan does it again.  Everyone knows that they are probably going to go down as one of the greatest rap groups of all time and it's pretty great to hear them putting some new stuff out there again.  Head to toe its just an amazing song.  It's super chill and melodic.  It combines all the best components of a good rap song, there's a catchy hook, flawless flows and the beat ties it all together well.  There might have even been some trumpets? A saxophone?  They have essentially perfected the combination of their voices and it really shows.

Sounds Like: 
Nas
Sounds Like: 
Jay-Z kinda
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2014

Often

Artist: 
The Weeknd
Label: 
Republic

This new single from The Weeknd is basically gorgeous.  He sticks to his style and obviously show cases his delicious voice as usual.  He keeps it very mellow and soulful but there is also electronic feels to it.  This song is perfect for chilling with some coffee or getting on that homework grind.  It is very similar to "Wicked Games" but the beat is much better.  And the best part is it's clean so play it upppp.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2014

Candler Road (Single)

Artist: 
Childish Gambino
Label: 
Glassnote Records

I am normally a big fan of Childish Gambino, however this single seems like a step backwards for him.  The first half of the song sounds like something 2 Chainz could have released, and I am not saying 2 Chainz is a poor artist, but it is just not what I am accustomed to hearing from Childish.  The track does pick up steam as it moves forwards and ends in an emotional chorus (even if it is just nonsense words).  You still see the impressive lyricism here and there but it just doesn't feel like this song is the best it could be.

Sounds Like: 
Chance The Rapper
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Nick Cotter
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2014

Where We Come From (Clean)

Artist: 
Popcaan
Label: 
Mixpak Records

This is a very fun and upbeat album. The beats are very synthy and compliment Popcaan's Jamaican accent nicely. I would categorize this album mostly as Dancehall given the strong Jamaican influence and digital dance beats, though you might hear some influence of hip hop, especially in tracks like Ghetto. This is definitely a "feel good" album and will most likely make you wanna dance a bit. Enjoy.

Sounds Like: 
Vybz Kartel
Sounds Like: 
Konshens
Name: 
Michael Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2014

Lese Majesty

Artist: 
Shabazz Palaces
Label: 
Sub Pop

Shabazz Palaces' debut release, Black Up, is one of my personal favorite hip-hop albums of all time so it'd be an understatement to say I was excited for their follow-up, Lese Majesty, released this past July. While I don't think it's necessarily a better album than the incredibly cohesive Black Up, Lese Majesty has higher highs and lower lows, making for a different experience than what Shabazz have delivered in the past.

Sounds Like: 
Digable Planets
Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
09/16/2014