Hip-Hop

Artist: 
BINGX
Label: 
AVJ Records

Listening to Bingx it took me some time to decide if I liked his music or not. There were certain songs that were not appealing to me because of what they were about, but there were also songs I thought were pretty good. Bingx can rap, he can "spit fire," there is no doubt about that. Some of the songs he raps incredibly fast, but still clear enough that you are able to hear what he is saying. The beats for each song are chill, not too harsh, but simply chill like it is what you can listen to if you're just hanging out and feeling bad.

Sounds Like: 
Hoodie Allen
Sounds Like: 
Asher Roth
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
SonReal
Label: 
Black Box Recordings, Inc.

Sometimes you come across music that is incredibly meaningful because you relate to it and can feel the emotion the singer or rapper put into creating it. It makes a beautiful song and one you can listen to a lot and never get tired of. This is the kind of music SonReal makes. First of all, the beats in every song match perfectly with what he is rapping about. Not only can he rap, but he also has a voice that is melodic and soothing. If he is rapping about something personal, then the sound is smooth and soft with slow beats or acousitc guitars.

Sounds Like: 
Hoodie Allen
Sounds Like: 
Grieves
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Luke James
Label: 
Island Records

This single is really catchy with a funky, jazz, r&b feel. This is my first time listening to Luke James, and his voice is pleasantly smoother and higher than I expected. His voice is accompanied by a steady drum beat and electric guitar in the background. My favorite part is the second verse, where the vocals speeds up a little and you hear Luke James hit some pretty high notes with the accompanying vocals. It's followed by the long and almost dragged out hook that's repeated throughout the song.

Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Weeknd, and more
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Black Panther was an amazing movie, and this is the perfect album to be part of its soundtrack. Songs like Opps with Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok take me back to the intense car chase scene where you can see all the impressive technology of Wakanda put into action. Big names like Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and SZA are heard in the soundtrack, amazing as always. All the tracks are really catchy, classic hip hop tracks with solid vocals. Some of them have beats in the background that embrace the sound of African drums, channeling the culture displayed in the film.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Vince Staples
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Carnage ft. Mac Miller and MadeinTYO
Label: 
Heavyweight Records

For starters, this single has a lot of oohs and skrrt skrrts. There's a bagpipe sound in the background that weirdly yet fittingly accompanies the classic hip hop beat. MadeinTYO builds up the track with a hook made of short lines and various oohs, yeahs, and skrrts. This song is pretty short, just making it to 2 minutes long. The unique instrumental is solidified by Mac Miller's rap verses. As always, he is very easy to listen to and makes this track all the more catchy. 

Sounds Like: 
Marshvll
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Carnage (feat. MAC MILLER & MadeinTYO)
Label: 
Heavyweight Records

This has nothing to do with the sound of the album, but I just wanted to say that I love the little dog on the albvum cover. Okay, now onto the real stuff. A bit about the artist. Carnage is an American House and Trap DJ as well as a producer from Los Angeles. He is making a name for himself in the EDM world by collaborating with big artists such as (as we see here) MADEINTYO and Mac Miller. He fell in love with EDM while still in high school and most of his influences include artists such as Alpha Twins and Dutch maestros Headhunterz.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Sounds Like: 
R.L. Grime
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2018
Artist: 
Grand Analog
Label: 
self produced

The Group Grand Analog, self referred to as “beat junkies” drops what can only be described as audio gold into the year 2018. 

Sounds Like: 
De La Soul
Sounds Like: 
The Cool Kids,
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
03/14/2018
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Weekend, etc.
Label: 
TDE

Black Panther hit theaters two weeks ago and amazed audiences everywhere. Not only do I think this is one of Marvel’s best movies to date, but the cast is incredible and really carries this powerful story about hardship, family, and fighting for what you believe in. I could write about this movie for hours, but that is not what this review is about. This is the review for Black Panther: The Album

 

Sounds Like: 
Black Hippy
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Marquee
Label: 
Marvel Records/ Shinigamie/ Modulor

Femme Fatale by Marquee takes you back in time to 1990’s hip hop. She sounds reminiscent of Lauryn Hill in style and general rhythms/beats. Unlike Lauryn Hill Marquee only raps. She sounds nothing like other female rappers today, not alternative or R&B enough for Jhene Aiko, or SZA, not jazzy enough for Noname, and not pop enough for Cardi B or Nicki Minaj. Honest to God, this album is good.

Sounds Like: 
Lauryn Hill
Sounds Like: 
Dr. Dre
Sounds Like: 
Venom
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
02/27/2018
Artist: 
Rae Sremmurd
Label: 
Eardruma Records/Interscope Records

"T'd Up" is the first single that was released off Rae Sremmurd's newest and longest project, thus far, aka SR3MM. Their newest album is said to be a "three-disc set" which combines Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi's solo projects along with an album featuring the duo. Their decision to release this single as a preview of the whole album may not have been the greatest of ideas. The track is a basic Rae Sremmurd song which one can usually expect from them.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
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