Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Post Malone
Label: 
Republic Records

Rockstar by Post Malone and 21 Savage is not your typical “I am a rockstar god” song. The evident rockstar life lyrics are masked with a grim slow beat, that makes me think are they okay??

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yatchy
Sounds Like: 
Kevin Abstract
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
A$AP Mob
Label: 
ASAP Worldwide
At its core, you can hear the chemistry between the A$AP Mob and their features on it album. I didn’t feel this was well-crafted or consistently flowing as Ferg’s earlier release this year, Still Striving, but I think there are some bangers on the album that stand out. 
 
Although there’s an intimate almost familial vibe between the artists, don’t expect to get too cozy listening because the energy is sustained throughout the entire album.
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
21 Savage
Label: 
Epic/Sony Records, Slaughter Gang, LLC/Epic Records
Issa Album by 21 Savage is the ambitious debut of the hardened rapper. To try and characterize the vibe, I felt that Issa Album tells the story of 21's transition from the hood to where he's at now.
 
When you listen to the album, expect to hear realness from the core. Even though there was indifference from ambition, 21 told a message of the struggle to express himself throughout the album.
 
This album is a collection of hard sounds, quality beats, and dark melodies, perfect for any aspiring savage.
Sounds Like: 
Rich the Kid
Sounds Like: 
Playboi Carti
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
$ki Mask The Slump God
Label: 
Republic Records
Catch Me Outside by $ki Mask The Slump God is the latest single by the young artist. While listening to the album, I felt that Catch Me Outside simply tells the day in the life of $ki.
 
When you listen to the album, expect to hear fire. Despite some heat, $ki showed a message of realness throughout the album.
 
This album is a collection of hot sounds, dope beats, and hard melodies, perfect for any traplord.
Sounds Like: 
Lil Pump
Sounds Like: 
Ugly God
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Syd
Label: 
The Internet / Columbia

Although the neo-soul band The Internet have been pretty quiet this past year, their vocalist Syd the Kyd has not. Syd has since then embarked on a solo-career, simply going by the name Syd. Since then, she has been featured on a numerous amount of other artists' projects, from the likes of Common, Daniel Caesar, Vic Mensa and more, as well as releasing her debut solo studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Jhené Aiko
Sounds Like: 
Tinashe
Sounds Like: 
6lack
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Rich Chigga
Label: 
88rising/EMPIRE

Sounds Like: 
Milo
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Rich Chigga
Label: 
88rising/EMPIRE

Sounds Like: 
Milo
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Danny Watts
Label: 
Author's Record Company

    Jon wayne produced this rapper who sounds unlike anything that I have ever heard before. Like a cross fade between a chill laid back almost R&B sounding voice and what sounds like a deeper voice version of Childish Gambino (on his slower tracks like "Longest Text Message Ever"). All of the beats seem to mellow you out while the rapping is subtle, not over done and way less present then what I am used to while still presenting enough poetry in each of the lyrics to make you think about the storyline that he is trying to tell.

Sounds Like: 
R&B singers
Sounds Like: 
Deep Voiced version of Childish Gambino's track, "Longest Text Message Ever"
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
H.E.R.
Label: 
RCA Records

"Having Everything Revealed" is what the the acronym of R&B artist H.E.R. stands for, and rightfully so. One of the most striking features of H.E.R. is that her identity is shrouded in mystery, with her appearance being completely unknown, as she wants to be only represented by her music and not by how she looks for what she is wearing. Her second EP H.E.R., Vol.

Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Sounds Like: 
Jhené Aiko
Sounds Like: 
The Internet
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

As the title "Luv Is Rage 2" suggests, Uzi's album explores the themes of love, rage, heartbreak, and realization. As much as I would love to give this album a 5-star review, I will start by saying this album is nothing too new compared to any of Uzi's other songs. Uzi uses the same high-pitch, autotuned singing voice on every song. Electronic, trap beats are on every song as well. While Uzi's singing has significantly improved, I still get easily tired by the same style that he applies to every song.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty - Autotune singing (but not like T-Pain) with happy beats
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd - If The Weeknd covered up his depressing lyrics with happy beats and an autotuned voice
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017