Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Kelela
Label: 
Warp Records Limited

After her highly successful EP release in 2015 entitled "Hallucinogen", R&B artist Kelela is back on the scene with her first ever full length studio album "Take Me Apart". This album is impressive both in terms of the production, and lyrics. The producers of this album clearly paid close attention to detail on the musicality of the background tracks. Each note is well shaped and crisp, making the songs sound 3-dimensional and flowy. The tones chosen in the background sound very euphoric and provide a harmonious overtone for the vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Sevdaliza
Sounds Like: 
FKA Twigs
Sounds Like: 
90's R&B (But a little more upbeat)
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
iLLism
Label: 
Self-Released

     On the very first track MNsota, all I hear is easygoing R&B meets Reggae meets Hip-Hop beat infused with strong female vocals from Fancy that are reminiscent of Lauryn Hill of the Fugees. I have instantly fallen in love with this band’s music. Plus, the male singer (Envy) can rap like NAS or any other Bronx-based rapper that I have ever enjoyed listening to.

Sounds Like: 
Easygoing R&B meets Reggae meets Hip-Hop beat infused with strong female vocals reminiscent of Lauryn Hill of the Fugees
Sounds Like: 
NAS or any other Bronx-based rapper
Sounds Like: 
Ms. Lauryn Hill's rap flow
Sounds Like: 
Feel good R&B songs of the 90s
Sounds Like: 
90s R&B background (beat-wise)
Sounds Like: 
90s Female Pop groups ( Like DREAM) married together with 3LW, TLC, and Destiny's Child
Sounds Like: 
Puffy Daddy
Sounds Like: 
Late Night Slow Jams with a deep voiced Barry White-esque singer
Sounds Like: 
90s R&B singers (like Joe, Tyrese, Brandy [particularly here song “Baby”], Usher
Sounds Like: 
90s Female R&B meets Trap
Sounds Like: 
"Papers" by Usher
Sounds Like: 
90s Dance
Sounds Like: 
Catchy Lyricism of the 90s
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Mr. Flamboyant
Label: 
FaceOff Records

The song isn’t as bad as I expected after seeing the music video intro. It starts and ends with an electronic spacey sound. The song has a simple beat with piano chords that stays pretty much the same throughout. The feature, Kilo Ali, raps more than Mr. Flamboyant and probably for a reason. Kilo Ali’s melodic rap is nice to listen to but I’m not really a fan of the way Mr. Flamboyant raps. The lyrics are about being too flamboyant, being the best, bitches, and diamond rings, I think. It all sounds kinda amateurish.

Sounds Like: 
Pastor Troy
Sounds Like: 
JT Money
Sounds Like: 
Hitman Sammy Sam
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Lil Pump
Label: 
Self-Released

Lil Pump’s self-titled mixtape has been all the buzz in the hip-hop scene recently. Although the beats sound distorted, bass-heavy, and basic, Lil Pump’s voice is of a medium frequency and has a youthful tone. (Lil Pump is 17). Some of the songs off of the mixtape, even the most popular ones like “Gucci Gang”, originally premiered on his SoundCloud. This logically explains the lack of production value on the album.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty - Both "lil" and both rely on repetition and good hooks to carry a song
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz - Featured on "Iced Out" and most beats have a similar tone
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Vic Mensa
Label: 
Roc Nation Records

Having only become a true, avid hip-hope listener in the last two years, I had started with the basics: Big Sean, Kanye West, J. Cole, and Vince Staples, among others. For some odd reason, I never stumbled upon Vic Mensa. And dang, as a Creative Writing major, I regret not finding him earlier. Vic Mensa's music has such a unique sound and his voice is nothing like I have heard before. Still, he adheres to classical hip-hop themes, with captivating rhytms and inspring rhymes. The Autobiography is a series of songs that reflect on Vic's life, from childhood to fame.

Sounds Like: 
J.Cole
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
Artist: 
BINGX
Label: 
AVJ Records

        From the very get-go he  sounds a lot like Drake (vocal-inflection wise).

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Usher
Sounds Like: 
Singer singing/rapping about "The One Who Got A Way"
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017
Artist: 
A$AP Mob
Label: 
RCA Records

Don't let the album artwork and features fool you! Although A$AP Mob tries desperately to be like one of the old school greats like N.W.A., Run DMC, etc., A$AP Mob has once again fallen short. Not to say I didn't enjoy Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 but let's just say that Vol 2. is similar in the fact that the mixtape is nothing that will leave you astounded by the skill of the group. I was so excited for this mixtape after reading the list of features. I thought, "Aw man, A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, and Jaden Smith on a track together?!

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky - obviously since he is one of the prominent members of A$AP Mob. Mumble rap and darker beats
Sounds Like: 
Playboi Carti - On many of the hooks. Chanting hooks and sometimes high energy
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Sam-C
Label: 
Sam-C

 

Sounds Like: 
Wale
Sounds Like: 
Jidenna
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 songs: Ziggy, Damien, Stephen (In order of what which artist sounded most similar to what I was hearing on this album with both the vocals and background music. Not in order of when these songs were actually born. Mind you.
Sounds Like: 
2Pac Storyteller Rhyming
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
Marvin Gaye
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 sons: Ziggy, Damien, and Stephen (In that order of similar sounding background music and vocals. Not in order of when they were born mind you)
Sounds Like: 
2Pac storyteller rhymes
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
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