Hip-Hop

White Men Are Black Men Too

Artist: 
Young Fathers
Label: 
Big Dada

Young Father is a Scottish hip-hop trio. It is really hard to categorize them as just a hip-hop group. This album contains a lot of experimental pop and soul oriented songs. They have a very lo-fi sound. Some of the songs even have some almost spoken word verses. I would go as far as saying this album is more lo-fi pop than hip-hop. What makes this album great is the blend of different musical styles which makes it so hard to catergorize. This very unique sound makes this album a must listen. 

Sounds Like: 
Really no other band similar sounding
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2015

Mr. Wonderful

Artist: 
Action Bronson
Label: 
Vice Records

Imagine if the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World had gained 100 pounds, became a gourmet chef, and rapped about doing backflips and landing in the splits. The big bellied adonis you just pictured is Rapper Action Bronson from New York City. Bronson drops his major label debut album “Mr.

Sounds Like: 
GhostFace Killah
Sounds Like: 
Smoke DZA
Sounds Like: 
Kool G Rap
Name: 
Shaun Oyakawa
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2015

Dark Sky Paradise

Artist: 
Big Sean
Label: 
Def Jam

“Dark Sky Paradise” was much more substantial than Big Sean’s last album, “Hall of Fame”. You can tell he is becoming a more aggressive rapper with something to prove to his audience. During the production of this album he spent a lot of time with his mentor, Mr. Lamar, which you can hear in his lyrics, focusing more on where he is now in life, than his earlier hits.

Sounds Like: 
Drake on Marvin's Room
Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Name: 
PWells
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2015

I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Artist: 
Earl Sweatshirt
Label: 
Columbia Records

Although the release of his new album was quieter and less anticipation than promised due to a label mess up, Earl Sweatshirt's new album I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside is far from disappointing. It’s slow, dirty, and sloppy. In essence, this album is great to just chill out and relax to.

Sounds Like: 
Tyler the Creator
Sounds Like: 
Odd Future
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2015

To Pimp a Butterfly

Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

   Within Hip Hop, often is the trend that a rapper's sophomore album is more of an extravagant, egoist project. Often if a rapper is able to produce a second album, He or she has had a taste of the good life music has to offer. We see the second album gloating of money, women, and fame that has become the artist’s new reality.

Sounds Like: 
Tupac
Sounds Like: 
Outkast
Sounds Like: 
Schoolboy Q
Name: 
Shaun Oyakawa
Date Reviewed: 
03/30/2015

Love. (Single)

Artist: 
Kid Cudi
Label: 
Self-Release

Now THIS is Kid Cudi. THIS is the Kid Cudi we've been waiting for and fell in love with. Glad he's back to making some dope music again. I definitely miss Kid Cudi, hopefully he keeps this up. He's currently doing a studio session, so maybe we can hope to see an album in the coming months? Wishful thinking, but I think we're all thinking it. This definitely isn't Up, Up, & Away, fast-paced and pop-y. This is more of the Lonely Stoner side coming out, so get ready to feel some feels, which is ok and accepted. 

Sounds Like: 
KID CUDI
Name: 
Karen Komine
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

SV8

Artist: 
S-Type
Label: 
LuckyMe

I honestly wasn't sure whether to classify this EP as hip hop or RPM, because it blends both. The music is almost entirely instrumental, and the beats are extremely well-produced. It is a banger. There is very little anticipation that is normally found in electronic music--it doesn't have huge builds that drop into a sparkly synth melody. This is all hard. It's deep, hitting bass that would blow out your speakers a lot easier than most electronic on the market.

Sounds Like: 
Hudson Mohawke
Sounds Like: 
Rustie
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2015

Peaches N Cream (Single)

Artist: 
Snoop Dogg
Label: 
Doggy Style Records

The latest release from Snoop Dogg and Pharell is a single off of Snoop's upcoming album BUSH. Peaches N Cream has the feel good vibes of a Pharell song and then Snoop comes in and does his thing per usual. I like this song but its not one that I would put on repeat. It is catchy and has some Doggy Style undertones but it did not completely capture my attention. 

Sounds Like: 
Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg,
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
03/12/2015

Jester's Dance

Artist: 
JB Nimble
Label: 
Ear Peace

I am a huge fan of the spoken word type rap. This album is something you can spin and just kinda vibe too. This guy kind of sounds like the white Hopsin, he raps about things that are apart from the mainstream. I like that few of his songs do tell a story and you can tell he's just a rapper trying to make it in the industry. He has to do something a little different to stand out. The lyrics really do have meaning and while he doesn't exactly spit fire he has a really good flow and there really isn't a bad song on the album. The beats are cool too.

Sounds Like: 
A white Hopsin
Sounds Like: 
according to spotify: White MIc
Name: 
Jacob Smith
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Imagination Proclamation (Singles)

Artist: 
Sol'Le
Label: 
n/a

Sol'Le is a rapper from Detroit, and this was an album of her singles from the past year. I thought this was a solid compliation. Her flow is really intense and urgent. She's a lot more into straight rhymes than sing-songy choruses, and the beats she raps on are pretty terse. While I wouldn't listen to this extensively on my own time because it isn't melodic as I personally like, it is a really solid and promising start from an emerging artist. Her rhymes are fairly clever and flow well, and she shows vision!

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West in Yeezus
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