Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Label: 
Self-released

Only 4 tracks on this mixtape, sure to make you headbob and have a few laughs. This was put out as just a bit of tease as Luv Is Rage 2 is still in production with an unknown release date. Don't be surprised if you still cant understand what he's saying, it should be a norm at this point if you're listening to this stuff. It's okay it still bangs, first track is probably the best, its got some cool pads with the choir in the background. Nothing really stands out, its worth listening to, but it might not be in your playlist for long, maybe not until 2.0 comes.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Future
Label: 
Epic Records

Future doing what he does best, throwin bangers! This album came out of nowhere, no ads, not big hype, just a fat album with some great tracks. The percussion is nasty, its grimy, its hard, its everything this east coast ATL rapper is about, just making you feel badass. Songs like Rent Money has some killer savage lines and POA just lays down a hard trap beat. One of my favorite tracks, Mask Off, is an amazing production with a sweet flute sample and a catchy flow. I would be surprised if this doesn't make it to the charts.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Ryme
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

Voices is the sophomore EP of Seattle native, Ryme. While this EP has only six tracks, it's full of unique sounding grunge bangers and experimental sounds. Each track is nothing short of fucking lit, and will leave you wanting more than a short EP. Because of the diverse and unique sounds of the EP, it's helpful to step back and evaluate each track before seeing the EP as a whole.

Sounds Like: 
Schoolboy Q
Sounds Like: 
Flatbrush Zombies
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
gLlife
Label: 
Self Expression Music

In the mainstream of today's hip-hop market you'll come across the same names and overhyped album releases over and over again. While that can be fun, it can also get repetitive at times, and so in times like that it's always good to turn to the indie scene and check out the talent. gLife happens to be one of those great talents that you may have never heard of, but would enjoy almost immediately. My Rise is the 3rd solo album of gLife, and spins a tale of the grind it takes to put yourself out there as a indie rapper.

Sounds Like: 
Slaine
Sounds Like: 
Eminem- vocally gLife really has an Eminem vibe
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
03/19/2017
Artist: 
Jacquees, Def Loaf
Label: 
Jacquees X Dej Loaf

          Dej Loaf and Jacquees have arrived as a duo with their mixtape "Fuck A Friend Zone." This 13 track mixtape is 40 minutes long, each song ranging from 2-3:30 minutes. Dej and Jacquees cover their bases in the hip-hop and r&b genre. The songs are very diverse and explore all areas of hip-hop and r&b but stick strictly to the two genres. The project begins with title track Fuck A Friend Zone, Jacquees and Dej Loaf sing about their feelings for each other referencing the growth in their careers.

Sounds Like: 
Jeremih
Sounds Like: 
TWENTY88
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Money Bagg Yo
Label: 
Be Great Music Group

          Money Bagg Yo's "Hearttless" is his Valentines Day mixtape.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef Jean
Label: 
Heads Music

J’ouvert is the second EP released by Wyclef Jean. Not being a huge Wyclef fan, I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into this project.

Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Esham
Label: 
Reel Life Productions

After what can only called "minimal research" on who Esham is and what he's about, I can say with confidence that he is definitely on that grind. Esham has consistently dropped at least 1 album a year for the last 20, and he's gotten a pretty decent fan following. This year, in lieu of his upcoming album "Scribble", Esham dropped the first single off of it called "Trust No One".

Sounds Like: 
Bernie Mac
Sounds Like: 
Shaggy
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
DJ Khaled ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z
Label: 
Epic

Appropriately released following the 2017 Grammy Awards, DJ Khaled surprised fans with a brand new track off his upcoming album...with fucking Beyoncé AND Jay Z. Despite speculation of a split between the couple and the fact that they haven't collaborated together since 2013, Khaled managed to get Bey and Jay to snatch us all with "Shining", a track about winning and prospering. 

Sounds Like: 
DJ Khaled
Sounds Like: 
Beyoncé
Sounds Like: 
Jay Z
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
BJ the Chicago Kid
Label: 
Motown

Bryan Sledge, professionally known as BJ the Chicago Kid, is honestly a very underrated artist. Although most people have probaby heard him on other artists' songs (Studio by ScHoolboy Q and F.U.B.U. by Solange are examples that come to mind), his own music deserves more recognition. A good mixture of soul and modern hip-hop beats, BJ the Chicago Kid has released a new single called "Roses", a little over a year after the release of his second album In My Mind.

Sounds Like: 
Miguel
Sounds Like: 
The-Dream
Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017