Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Roadman Shaq
Label: 
BBC Radio 1xtra

Sounds Like: 
A Quality Meme
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Career Crooks
Label: 
URBNET communications Inc / Fontana North

 

  The album contains rich thick beats complimented by deep baritone voices spitting lyrical raps with high vocabulary. 

Sounds Like: 
Immortal Technique
Sounds Like: 
Thirsting Howl The 3rd, Fly Anakin, Aesop Rock
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
E Grizzly
Label: 
E Grizzly ( self released )

   If you're looking for deep high paced, popular club sounding hip hop mixed with lyrical wit and poetry this is the album for you. There were parts of the album that made me feel like it was simply filled with catchy immoral phrases about getting money and the non existence of love and the "game." E. Grizzly himself however is not just a rap artist. E grizzly is a Hip Hop artist, combining the music with the philosophical and visual. He Grizzly does street art, elements of which are reflected on the cover of this album.

Sounds Like: 
Silly Da Man
Sounds Like: 
Philly Black
Sounds Like: 
Paris Brown
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Joji (A.K.A. George Miller)
Label: 
88Rising

If you're familiar at all with George Miller (AKA Filthy Frank, AKA Joji, AKA Pink Guy), you're probably aware of the fact that the intent of his works swing wildly in mood, depending on what name he's publishing his content under. That being said, Miller (under Joji for this particular set of songs) immediately sets the tone with "i don't wanna waste my time" as melancholic and serious. Set to a pretty simple backbeat, Miller's lyrics take the forefront, accompanied by the simple sway of a piano that adds to the mood immensely. 

Sounds Like: 
Nujabes
Sounds Like: 
Tompabeats
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Daniel Caesar
Label: 
Golden Child Recordings

Fresh new sophomore album following Pilgrim's Paradise released in 2015. The debut album pictured Daniel Caeser falling. He rises in the new release. 

Refreshing to see an r&b male singer songwriter that doesn't bluntly sing about sex and getting high. Some lyrics are about those things but it's poetic and tasteful.

Sounds Like: 
H.E.R.
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
John Legend
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
Kweku Collins
Label: 
Closed Sessions

grey by Kweku Collins is a great album and super easy to listen to. I enjoyed the variety within the album and found the music to be fascinating. Because it was unpredictable, I remained engaged in the music throughout the majority of the tracks. Some of the songs can be difficult to listen to, simply because there is just so much going on, in regard to tempo changes, compilation of beats, as well as varying vocal layers.

Sounds Like: 
6lack
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2017
Artist: 
Milo
Label: 
Ruby Yacht / The Order Label

First and foremost, this album is not “radio rap”, it is not simplistic, it is not “feel-good” or trashy  (not that I am bashing trashy or feel good - there is a time and play and I admit that place is pretty great). However this album, is poetry. It is philosophy.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock, WHY?, JonWayne, Open Eagle Mike, Busdriver, Nas, YCP Beno, King Krule, YOUNGMAN, and Raury
Sounds Like: 
Beats sound like Apollo Brown instrumentals
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Shabazz Palaces
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

    In the year 3008, as the cyborg giraffe people begin to uncover artifacts of the Trumpeozoic Era, they will come across this album and state, “Damn, this shit poppin”.

    This album is on some futuristic hip hop shit. It’s the companion album to Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star detailing the story of the space traveler Quazarz.

Sounds Like: 
JJ Doom
Sounds Like: 
Gonjasufi
Sounds Like: 
Gonjasufi
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Astrojaxx
Label: 
Self-Released

Astrojaxx's promo single Back to You has an upbeat and a light clubbing feel to it. Listening to it the first time, it gave me a Skrillex vibe but a lighter touch to the EDM. Super addicting to listen to and looking forward to more of Astrojaxx's music!

Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2017
Artist: 
Andrew Joslyn
Label: 
Lux Finite

I haven't heard anything like this before, but this is the kind of music that I've been looking for for a long time. Have you ever wondered to yourself "What if Elanor Rigby had drums too?" Because that's basically what this album sounds like. And it rocks. THe songs all consist of some orchestral instrumentation with sampled beats played underneath and a guest vocalist singing. A lot of the beats sound vintage and old school, really boom bap and remind me of golden age hip hop. The vocals are all sung instead of rapped but still this album is awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Shelby Earl
Sounds Like: 
Elanor Rigby with hip hop beats
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017