Hip-Hop

Chanel Vintage feat. Future & Young Thug

Artist: 
Metro Boomin
Label: 
N/A

The modern day auto-tune luminaries that are Future and Young Thug have come together tahnks to Metro Boomin, and have come with a song that has sounding as aggressive as you'll ever have heard them. You won't hear much of the auto-tuned yelps of Future, and the wails of Young Thug that sounds like they've come from some robot planet, "Chanel Vintage" has them yelling about buying vintage Chanel for themselves, for woman, and how much cooler they are than you.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Sounds Like: 
Rich Homie Quan
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
08/28/2014

My Krazy Life

Artist: 
YG
Label: 
Def Jam

This album has been out for awhile, but YG has come through with a solid debut album, and while it has it faults, it's overall a fun listen. The album starts off really well, with the hard hitting "Bpt" and "Just Wanna Party" (featuring a Jay Rock feature that he absolutely murders). With production from DJ Mustard, the album does a good job of harking back to the early days of West Coast rap and G-Funk. Many have compared My Krazy Life to Kendrick Lamar's (who is featured on here) good kid m.A.A.d. city, which I feel are unfair.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
DJ Mustard
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
08/28/2014

Nobody's Smiling

Artist: 
Common
Label: 
Def Jam

Common has long been lauded as one of the best lyricists in rap since the 90s, and while that still holds true, Nobody's Smiling is uneven at best: for every good track you have one such as track three, 'Diamonds', which features one of the worst hooks I have ever heard courtesy of Big Sean. This album was supposed to be Common returning back to his Chicago roots and addressing the violence and chaos that is currently ripping the city apart. While Common puts forth a valiant effort, this album leaves me wanting more.

Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Sounds Like: 
Mos Def
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
08/28/2014

No Tears (feat. Future) [Single]

Artist: 
Jeezy
Label: 
Def Jam

Any song that has Future starting the song with "Put your lighters up" is bound to be good, and No Tears is no exception. While this may be biased coming from an unabashed Future fan, his warbly, auto-tuned, yelped vocals are a really nice complement to the deep, gruff delivery of Jeezy.

Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
08/27/2014

0-100/The Catch Up

Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
OVO Sound

Drake finally gave the summer the shot in the arm it needed with his release of his surprise track 0-100/The Catch Up, in which he boasts about his place at the top of the game, as well as the massive spring that his label, OVO Sound is set to have in 2015, with releases from himself, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, etc. planned. The track is split between the opening section which features Drake rapping and the second section in which he weaves a James Blake sample into the more somber ambient beat and sings over it.

Sounds Like: 
Drizzy DRAKE
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
08/27/2014

Club Goin Up On A Tuesday (Remix)

Artist: 
iLoveMakonnen ft. Drake
Label: 
N/A

One of the best hip-hop tracks to release this summer, Drake jumps on this iLoveMakonnen song for one of his best remix features yet. A light layer of autotune on iLoveMakonnen's voice is a nice complement to this hazy sounding track, as if you popped a couple of Xan's and went to the club (not speaking from experience). Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin' provide the subtle beat to this track, perfectly timed for the haze of the end of the summer. 

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi (think Man on the Moon 1)
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
08/27/2014

Z

Artist: 
SZA
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

This album sounds very uncertain, and I kept picturing clouds of swirling mist while listening to it.  However, I think that was what SZA was going for with "Z".  Her singing sounds very pained, and I would guess that she was not going for a lighthearted album.  Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar make appearances which helps to add some diversity to the quality of the lyrics.  What I like about this album is that SZA manages to set a very distinct mood and stick to it.

Sounds Like: 
Macabre R&B with a electronic twist.
Name: 
Nick Cotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2014

Antennae

Artist: 
The Premiere
Label: 
none

I'm not a hip-hop expert really, but I can say from what I know, this isn't really that great. According to the label they sound like The Gorillaz and Outkast, so where could we go wrong? We could. Like The Gorillaz, The Premiere features two artists, Phoenix Arizona's David Jackman and Adam Wilkey, whose singing and rapping are backed by electronic and some guitar (of which are really not too bad). The rapping is actually pretty good and I enjoyed listening to it (I'm not sure which of the two raps).

Sounds Like: 
I guess the Gorillaz (but definitely not as cool)
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2014

Piñata

Artist: 
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Label: 
Madlib Invazion

Piñata is a collaboration between Indiana gangsta rapper Freddie Gibbs and prolific hip-hop producer and occasional rapper Madlib. Since its announcement in 2011 and a string of three EPs with tracks that would end up on Piñata, hype has built up pretty high for this collaborative effort and it certainly meets that hype.

Sounds Like: 
Freddie Gibbs
Sounds Like: 
Madlib
Sounds Like: 
NWA
Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2014

The Ocean

Artist: 
Deca
Label: 
Deca records