pop hip hop

Artist: 
Macklemore
Label: 
Bendo LLC

In his first solo album since 2006, Mackelmore showcases a wide variety of tunes in Gemini. From upbeat, feel good hip-hop songs with powerful piano interludes to more reflective, bouncy songs, Macklemore makes an album who's lyrics are relatable and genuine. After his release of quite political music beforehand, particularly in his appearance in pieces like "F*** Donald Trump Pt.2" (from YG) a lot of people thought that Gemini would be an inherently political album.

Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Mr. Flamboyant
Label: 
FaceOff Records

The song isn’t as bad as I expected after seeing the music video intro. It starts and ends with an electronic spacey sound. The song has a simple beat with piano chords that stays pretty much the same throughout. The feature, Kilo Ali, raps more than Mr. Flamboyant and probably for a reason. Kilo Ali’s melodic rap is nice to listen to but I’m not really a fan of the way Mr. Flamboyant raps. The lyrics are about being too flamboyant, being the best, bitches, and diamond rings, I think. It all sounds kinda amateurish.

Sounds Like: 
Pastor Troy
Sounds Like: 
JT Money
Sounds Like: 
Hitman Sammy Sam
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Lil Uzi Vert & Gucci Mane
Label: 
Generation Now, GUWOP

Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane have come together to create the mixtape, 1017 vs. The World. Even though I'm a fan of both rappers, putting the two together is a bit off, considering they have different styles and certain beats suited Uzi more than Gucci or vice versa. The mixtape didn't feel like a collaboration at all but like a Lil Uzi Vert ft. Gucci Mane song then a Gucci ft. Uzi song. Some songs felt sloppier than others, which I understand is okay for a mixtape, but I guess I expected better from two of my favorites.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Mob
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
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