Hip hop

Artist: 
Porter Ray
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

  Dear Listener,

"things fall apart, pieces to the puzzle crumbles, young and humble trying to make it through this jungle" 

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
WebsterX
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2017
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar released a surprise song on March 23, 2017 called The Heart Part 4. This song follows a line of previous tracks of the The Heart Part 1-3. The beginning of the song starts with a slow, mellow beat gradually getting more and more intense as the song continues. The track takes several twists and turns on the beats.

Sounds Like: 
Jay Rock
Sounds Like: 
Ab-Soul
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Rapsody
Label: 
Jamla Record / Culture Over Everything

After listening to this album, Crown EP, several timees I can say I've liked it more and more. Lauryn Hill often came to mind. I love the tracks on this album as it shows true talent of a female MC spitting rhyme after rhyme. Gonna Miss You is probably the popular track that features Raphael Saadiq that is one of the more upbeat tracks. Tina Turner is probably my favorite track that whose beats take turns making it one of the more original songs. #Goals is another favorite track that has her providing catchy vocals that flow smoothly along with beat.

Sounds Like: 
Lauryn Hill
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
pausemc
Label: 
Permanent Vacation Records

This CD has literally been in the bin for a year. I thought I should give it a shot, and I wasn't dissapointed. Pausemc is a basic rapper with some catchy songs and lyrics. I really like the song "Roller Coaster" (track 4) just for the beat. "Nowhere to Hide" (track 2) has such an errie feel and it's kind of awesome. The last song on the album "Escape" has a pretty cool music drop. That song has a more of a edm feel, it would be super sick if someone remixed the song.

Sounds Like: 
Digable Planets
Sounds Like: 
Kid Koala
Sounds Like: 
Shinobi Ninja
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
Artist: 
Various Artists
Label: 
bureauexport

France Rocks is a French artist collaboration put together by bureauexport. The idea of France Rocks is that it introduces both well-known and rising star French artists to countries that may not otherwise recognize the artists.

Sounds Like: 
any of the artists included
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Yelawolf
Label: 
columbia records

Yelawolf released an EP called hotel. It personally is not one of my favorite albums, it sounds like all the other artists on the radio now a days, Yelawolf has a similar sound to G-easy and B.O.B., Yelawolf uses the same formula to get listeners, where the song is a girl singing the chorus which repeates everytime, and then he raps inbetween. Its honestly been done so many times, and as a first time listener of Yelawolf it's kind of sad.

Sounds Like: 
B.O.B.
Sounds Like: 
G-easy
Name: 
Aerin Mazza
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
A$AP Mob
Label: 
RCA Records

In 2016, A$AP Mob has released tons of new music every Wednesday as part of their Wavy Wednesday series. This particular 4 track tape contains the tracks, "Thumbin", "I Don't Care", "Goldie Mack (Snippet)", and "V Lone". These tracks feature A$AP Ant, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Marty, Playboi Carti, Uno The Activist, and Waka Flocka. If you're a fan of A$AP Mob, you'll enjoy these tracks as much as I did, as they all deliver that signature A$AP sound with eerie, spacious beats with hard hitting 808s and drums.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Sounds Like: 
Wake Flocka
Sounds Like: 
Flatbush Zombies
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Nevermen
Label: 
Ipecac Recordings

The group Nevermen is composed of three members: Tunde Adebimpe, Adam "Doseone" Drucker, Keith Tyson, and Mike Patton. The self titled album features a lot of diverse elements stylistically. It features a mixture of singing and rap, showcasing different talents of the members. Overall, you can tell a lot of production and effort went into this album. There is a clear dramatic element weaved through this album. It kind of reminded me of theater music. 

Sounds Like: 
Flobots
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
OVO Sound

So Drake released two singles – Pop Style ft. The Throne and One Dance – recently and they’re your typical Drake. Pop Style is really slow and very serious whereas One Dance is super catchy. You find yourself dancing to One Dance – probably the point given the name. But either way, these two songs are really good for any Hip Hop show. Pop Style has a real eerie tone to it and is just a good slow, dragged out song – in a good way. Pop Style ft. The Throne is a little more sexual than One Dance.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2016