Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Princess Nokia
Label: 
Rough Trade Records Ltd

SONG BREAKDOWN 

Bart Simpson 

Sounds Like: 
Nicki Minaj - but better
Sounds Like: 
Magna Carda - but better
Sounds Like: 
Sampa The Great - But better
Sounds Like: 
Cardi B - but more creative and way weirder
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
Lawbreakers
Label: 
Lawbreaker ENT

Immediately sounds like 2Pac meets 2017 on the opening track. Wow!!! As someone who has loved the music of Pac, since high school, I cannot believe what my ears are hearing...the lead singer literally sound just like 2Pac and the back up singer literally sounds just like the rapper named Stretch (exact same Vocal inflection).

Sounds Like: 
2Pac
Sounds Like: 
Outlaws
Sounds Like: 
Stretch
Sounds Like: 
2 Real 4 Da Mind (Local CO group from way back in 2008-09. Look up on Itunes
Sounds Like: 
Gangstarr
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2017
Artist: 
SZA
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

SZA's long-awaited follow up album to her 2014 debut EP "Z", "CTRL" is a vulnerable, dynamic, and honest musical commentary on the singer's growth as both an artist and individual on this 14 track album. "CTRL" boasts features from her fellow TDE colleagues Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad, rapper Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy, and bits of dialogue from both her mother and grandmother. Every song on this album is an absolute bop!

Sounds Like: 
Jhene Aiko
Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2017
Artist: 
Myka 9
Label: 
2017 Tom Freeman

Sounds Like: 
Sounds like Scarry Terry rapping in a spaceship
Sounds Like: 
Latyrx
Sounds Like: 
Dark Time Sunshine
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2017
Artist: 
Musab & Ink Well Present Mink
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

  The combination of an original rhyme sayer (Musab) and seasoned producer (Ink Well) prove that there is power in combinations. this combo in particular is a brilliant creative explosion of beats, bars and true shit spit over great music that at times sounds like hip hop at times jazz, some blues hints and references but also some afro beat and Latin groove mixed in, even some 80's techno funk hip hop creeps its influences into the mix not to mention all of this comes all of this with an impressive vocabulary.

Sounds Like: 
Nas
Sounds Like: 
Open Mike Eagle
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2017
Artist: 
Open Mike Eagle
Label: 
Mellow Music Group

 

   Open Mike Eagle is the gold standard of contemporary hip hop. He combines lyrics with humor that make them more easily digestible than Milos raps, he layers them with pop culture references, contextualized in his experience as a Chicago project grown kid, and laced with genuine truths, both subjective and lyrical. Absolute favorite album of the year. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. 

Sounds Like: 
Milo
Sounds Like: 
Busdriver
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2017
Artist: 
Tyler, The Creator
Label: 
Columbia Records

Tyler, the Creator's newest album "Flower Boy" has been all I've been listening to the past couple of months. After the disappointment that was "Cherry Bomb", Tyler comes back with the sound we used to enjoy from him back during "Wolf." The general themes of the album are things everyone can relate to: boredom, love, doubt, and loneliness. With a little help from talented artists like Kali Uchis, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Estelle, and even Jaden Smith, Tyler has created the most infectious album of the month.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky - featured artist and both know how to go hard or be poetic
Sounds Like: 
Earl Sweatshirt - both are masters of sounding casual while rapping and creating eerie beats
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Young RJ
Label: 
Ne'Astra Music

CD Review of the singles 1.“Motion” and 2.“Issues” from Young RJ

By J.S. Rice

      I agree with Jacob Sky Bruce, that Young RJ sounds just like J. Cole when it comes to the sheer ferocity of his rap delivery, but at other times he sounds like the Isley brothers married with KC&JoJo (think song “Crazy”) as can be heard on the track “Issues”.

Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Sounds Like: 
Isley Brothers
Sounds Like: 
KC&JoJo's track "Crazy"
Sounds Like: 
Storyteller rappers: Nas,2Pac,Biggie
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Cardi B
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corp.

    If you're into GIRL POWER, LADY RAPPERS, OG FEMALES, or BAD A$$ B*tches you should check this single out immediately. 

If you Like Missy Elliot, Princess Nokia, Little Simz, Nicki Minaj, or Lil Kim you need to play Cardi B - and not just this album but also Cardi B's nickname 

Sounds Like: 
Princess Nokia
Sounds Like: 
Lil Kim
Sounds Like: 
Nicki Minaj
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2017
Artist: 
Mr.Brady
Label: 
URBNET communications Inc

Sounds Like: 
Sounds Like LMNO, DJ K.O.,
Sounds Like: 
Buc Fifty, and Deep Rooted
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2017