Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Princess Nokia
Label: 
Self-Released

I'm no good at describing hip-hop with the level of detail a hip-hop head would demand, so forgive this review and I'll make it quick. Princess Nokia is a Afro-Nuyorican rapper, and 1992 is her new album/mixtape (EP?).

Sounds Like: 
Princess Nokia
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Rich the Kid
Label: 
Self Released

Rich the Kid, the Atlanta rapper that everyone has heard of once but doesn't really choose to acknowledge, has released his new mixtape, "The Rich Forever Way." While his song "Plug", which is not on this mixtape, has been popular right now, it's mostly because of the features on it, such as Kodak Black. This mixtape proves that Rich the Kid is better with features than by himself.

Sounds Like: 
Madeintyo
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Thundercat
Label: 
Brainfeeder

Drunk is Thundercat’s third studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Kamasi Washington
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Khalid
Label: 
RCA Records

There are not enough words to describe how incredible Khalid’s debut album, American Teen is.

Sounds Like: 
DVSN
Sounds Like: 
Gallant
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2017
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: 
Gorillaz
Label: 
Parlophone

It’s been around six years since the Gorillaz released their fourth studio album, “The Fall”, and even longer since their first studio album self-titled “Gorillaz”; just about 15 years since their debut and they’re still rocking out.

Sounds Like: 
The Chemical Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Ratatat
Sounds Like: 
Gnarls Barkley
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

          Drake's "More Life" is a self-described "playlist," borrowing from genres such as afrobeat, Jamaican dance hall, r&b, and grime.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
Artist: 
Frank Ocean
Label: 
Def Jam Records

Chanel by Frank Ocean is the second unexpected single after Slide with Migos and Calvin Harris. Chanel is a really dreamy song with a dark undertone. Ever since Frank Ocean became a hit phenomena with OFWGKTA, many people were interested in his sexuality due to his ambiguous lyrics (why anyone cared though I'm not sure).  A lot of people have given this song praise for Frank finally talking first hand about a boyfriend or a non-binary relationship. Putting politics aside, this song is really cool.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2017
Artist: 
Pimp Dzol
Label: 
We Rollin' Records

In all my time of doing CD reviews (which is not very long but still), I've never been so pleasantly surprised with a small-time rapper before. Pimp Dzol has charisma and power which I think are the two key things that every hip-hop artist needs. While he's not exactly over the top in the lyrics department, Pimp Dzol's intense voice still keeps you engaged and listening to his voice. Not to mention, both of the songs "Turnt Up" and "I Own That" have a bass heavy, typical hip-hop beat.

Sounds Like: 
Mystikal
Sounds Like: 
DMX
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
Wale & DJ Luna
Label: 
Self Released

Wale put together this mixtape with DJ Luna and it really surprised me how good some of these tracks are. I haven't really followed Wale as of late but I want to say this is the best thing he has relesased in a while. Hopefully this mixtape will remind his fans how skilled of a lyricist he can really be. The beats on this mixtape are also very good. A lot of the samples are 70s soul inspired. It is good see Wale has gone back to his roots with this mixtape.