Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Rexx Life Raj
Label: 
Rexx Life / Empire

This is what I love about hip hop; no two rappers rap the same nor produce the same. However when you look at trap music, this distinction is nearly impossible to make. With Rexx Life Raj’s album Father Figure, the Berkeley rapper’s new album looks at everyday life in a new light, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Sounds Like: 
Khalid
Sounds Like: 
Eli Sostre
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2017
Artist: 
Canon
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

Canon provides a good listening album, hard delivery, fast beats and positive instead of derogatory lyrics comprise this album. It is not my favorite due to it being quite well fitted, and typical of a lot of hip hop music out their currently.  Canon is based in Atlanta but raised in Chicago thusly providing a base for his perspective on life, art, and faith with those origins in mind. The sound is upbeat and fast paced, cleanly delivered lyrics, a lot of repetition in word delivery and although not the most creative or unique sounding it is an enjoyable album.

Sounds Like: 
Gift Of Gab
Sounds Like: 
Capitol Kings
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2017
Artist: 
Big Sean
Label: 
GOOD Music

Big Seans drops a new album, I Decided., followed from his previous 2015 album release Dark Sky Paradise that features some big names such as Kanye West, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, etc. This new album includes a whole other line up of other big artists that include Eminem, Jeremih, Migos, and more.

Sounds Like: 
The one and only Big Sean
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Chief Keef
Label: 
Glo Gang

Two Zero One Seven is Chief Keef's latest mixtape which he self-released on January 1st, 2017.

Sounds Like: 
Montana of 300
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017

Fin

Artist: 
Syd
Label: 
The Internet

R&B juggernaut The Internet has taken a small hiatus to focus on individual members' solo projects. On frontwoman's Syd solo debut, Fin, she gets deep over some late 90's R&B production. Many critics have made the vocal and musical comparison between Aaliyah and Syd on Fin, and I won't disagree.

Sounds Like: 
Aaliyah
Sounds Like: 
SZA
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
RiFF RAFF
Label: 
Neon Nation Corporation

In all honesty, I had always heard of RiFF RAFF, but never really heard his music before... asides some of Lil Debbie's songs in which he is featured in. He's also someone that I never knew was meant to be taken seriously, or just turn your brain off and listen to his music. With two studio albums and a plethora of mixtapes under his belt, RiFF RAFF's nineteenth mixtape titled Aquaberry Aquarius actually managed to blow away my expectations of both his music, and my perception of him as an artist.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Debbie
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Kyle (feat. Lil Yachty)
Label: 
Indie-Pop

"iSpy" is the newest single from West Coast rapper Kyle, featuring the man, the legend, Lil Yachty. Kyle is typically known for his light-hearted and quirky style of music, as is Lil Yachty with his music and message of positivity, so "iSpy" is within his comfort zone. I think because it's a stand-alone single (as of now) this keeps this song from being boring compared to other Kyle songs. I never thought that Kyle would ever collab with Lil Yachty, most likely due to popularity differences.

Sounds Like: 
D.R.A.M
Sounds Like: 
Mac Miller
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
H.E.R.
Label: 
RCA Records

       "H.E.R. Volume 1" is the first EP from H.E.R. and it's seven tracks of r&b nostalgia. Samples from some classic r&b songs like Aliyah's At Your Best and Floetry's Say Yes are on the record. A cover of Drake's "Jungle" is also on the record so overall I think the choices in music influence are solid and safe. H.E.R. doesn't curse on this album; all of the original songs on the album are clean. The only song that is explicit is the Drake cover.

Sounds Like: 
SZA
Sounds Like: 
Alicia Keys
Sounds Like: 
Floetry
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Little Simz
Label: 
2016 Age 101

 Little Simz aka Simbi Ajikawo introduces her concept album "Stillness in Wonderland" with LMPD, one of the wittiest constructions of lyrics I have heard all year, throwing in references to the heroes of black culture in America, Garvey, to Marley, to Martin Luther King, she even weaves in references to the pineal gland ( the third eye, soul reservoir as it is also called.) Her music rides on dark vibes, heavy trill beats, anger dripping in the background without distracting from the integrity that her sound holds itself to.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop, Raury
Sounds Like: 
Rhianna, 330, Kate Tempest
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Missy Elliot Ft. Lamb
Label: 
Atlantic

When Katy Perry brought out the legendary Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot out as a guest performer for her 2015 Super Bowl Half-Time Show performance, it made me realize that Missy Elliot has been absent from the music world for quite some time. Her last record The Cookbook was released back in 2005 - 12 years ago, with her last single "WTF (Where They From) being released back in 2015. A little over 2 weeks ago, Missy surprised the world with a brand new single AND a music video, and garnered a good amount of attention for it.

Sounds Like: 
Missy Elliot, except trap as fuck
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
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