Hip-Hop

EP2

Artist: 
yaeji
Label: 
GODMODE

Yaeji is a Korean-American producer who defies the stereotypical sound of korean pop. Her music is a mix of house and hip hop, and this album has consistent beats in the background as she raps or sings along. The vocals are in both korean and english, however the two languages transition seamlessly. The deep bass and her lower voice makes each track easy to listen to while maintaining the feeling of dance music/hip hop. This album also includes a remix/cover of passionfruit by Drake, maintaining the famous beat but adding her own muted vocals.

Sounds Like: 
dj seinfeld
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2018
Artist: 
Flo Rida (feat. Maluma)
Label: 
Atlantic

¡Hola! After kicking off 2017 with the release of “Cake” (then becoming the first American rapper to own a juice company) Flo Rida is back with a new single, teasing the release of his forthcoming, currently-untitled fifth album with “Hola”.

Sounds Like: 
Radio pop
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
12/11/2017
Artist: 
Young RJ
Label: 
Ne'Astra Music

The artist name at hand, Young RJ, presents itself to me in the weekly Wednesday meeting under a symbol I have definitely seen before, but in a different setting entirely. The Born Sinner album cover represented itself with a childish devil statue underneath an abstract form of a golden crown.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla influenced
Sounds Like: 
Like nothing you've heard before
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Jaden Smith
Label: 
MSFTS Music

The debut album from, the man, the myth, the legend, Jaden Smith is exactly what you would expect it to be. Just like the creator of the album, "Syre" is eccentric, thought-provoking, and dynamic in style. The album focuses on philosophical topics such as the creation of man, hope, individuality, and many other topics. While some tracks such as the BLUE series are eccentric, complete with delicate piano singing from Willow, other tracks like "Breakfast" are hip-hop.

Sounds Like: 
Kevin Abstract - both are alt. rappers but Abstract is less genre fluid as this album
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky - both know how to work a hook but, once again, less hip-hop influence as A$AP
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Macklemore
Label: 
Bendo LLC

In his first solo album since 2006, Mackelmore showcases a wide variety of tunes in Gemini. From upbeat, feel good hip-hop songs with powerful piano interludes to more reflective, bouncy songs, Macklemore makes an album who's lyrics are relatable and genuine. After his release of quite political music beforehand, particularly in his appearance in pieces like "F*** Donald Trump Pt.2" (from YG) a lot of people thought that Gemini would be an inherently political album.

Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Ski Mask The Slump God
Label: 
Republic

Ski Mask the Slump God, is a Florida based Hip-Hop singer and songwriter. The first song on this record, Achoo! sounds like many of the trap inspired, mumble rap, that is very common of his contemporaries. The lyrics are the typical, about-nothing, braggadociosness you expect from this type of music. What is dissapointing though is the lack of exectuion, needed to pull it off and have a listener not feel guilty for listening to something that is essentially meaningless.

Sounds Like: 
Denzel Curry
Sounds Like: 
Nav
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2017
Artist: 
Chadi
Label: 
Independent

The Way I See You by Chadi is a mellow song about a person obsessing over another person and wanting to be by them at all time. My initial opinion after listening to this song, funny enough, was me attempting and failing to figure out whether Chadi was a male or female. Perhaps the androgenous nature of Chadi's voice is part of the appeal of Chadi's music. The song itself really reminded me of slow, “baby making” music, which is common in the genre of R&B.

Sounds Like: 
Roy Woods
Sounds Like: 
Tracy Chapman
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2017
Artist: 
Stoop
Label: 
Stoop

There's always that one kid in your suburbia high school that dreams of becoming a rapper. He spends all his time writing bad lyrics and testing them out on his peers, wears baggy clothes, and tries to snag every gig he can manage in the local community. Unfortunately, he rarely ever reaches stardom beyond the grounds of the high school and its 1 mile radius. This is exactly how I felt listening to Stoop's Welcome To Your Tape. First off, I didn't really understand the title...

Sounds Like: 
Eminem
Sounds Like: 
Logic
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
11/28/2017
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Records
Sounds Like: 
ATL
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
Artist: 
Trenton P
Label: 
SoILLMusicGroup

I am not one who usually listens to rap, but the overall vibes from this album is...really really good. The rap is clear but also so skillful that I can appreciate the lyrics and the message as well as Trenton P's passion. I also appreciate that the songs that make up the album have a good beat and are also mixed beautifully so that the rap flows naturally with the musical components. He also has quite a few features on this album.

Sounds Like: 
B.O.B
Sounds Like: 
Macklemore
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
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