Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Migos
Label: 
Quality Control/Atlantic

Culture (stylized: C U L T U R E) is the 2nd studio album, and the 16th official project from Atlanta Hip-Hop trio Migos. To put this into a bit of context, the Migos broke out into mainstream hip hop in 2013 with their hit single "Versace", which featured a very successful remix feature from a still up and coming Drake.

Sounds Like: 
Migos- really who else do they sound like?
Name: 
Sai A. Sreedhar
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Kid Cudi
Label: 
Republic Records

This album is bipolar, but that’s okay! It adds a bit of flavor, almost in a good way.

Sounds Like: 
Mac Miller
Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Wiley
Label: 
Wiley

   This is the first grime album I have listened to in it's entirety. I have heard grime before like Skepta and Jme but only their hits. Wiley's eleventh album "Godfather" is pure grime and it is so good. As someone who has only dipped their toes in grime, I was immersed in this album from start to finish. Every song is high energy but the beats are so diverse that it creates a whole different type of mood with every track. Songs that stood out to me are U Were Always, Pt.

Sounds Like: 
Skepta
Sounds Like: 
President T
Sounds Like: 
Jme
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Dutch Boy
Label: 
Dutch Boy

If Chris Brown and Travis Scott had a mysterious love child, this is it fam. Where has Dutch Boy been?!?! His voice needs to be spread!

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Chris Brown
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Coolio
Label: 
J Star Entertainment/Super Cool Entertainment

Coolio brings back his 90s influcence in 2017 in his lastest  track "Kill again." The single brings heavy beats and discussing the reality of gang violence often and its influence from lyrics "No family, no friends, no education so don't you pretend that you understand cause you'll never know why they kill again." The course continues with "It's dark and its cold and I feel for my soul in here. When will they kill again and again? Children women and men, family neighbors and friends" likely referering to victims of gang violence.

Sounds Like: 
Xzibit
Sounds Like: 
Warren G
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Vision That
Label: 
Vision That Entertainment

Tucson-based Vision That's mixtape demonstrates Vision That's (Renk Remy and Zee) variety of skills in hip-hop music production. The mixtape is literally a mix which is refreshing since most rappers stick to one type of sound and that's it. There's a total of 16 tracks and most of them sound pretty different compared to each other both in terms of beat and rap. Track 1 starts out with a beat that immediately had me nodding my head followed with charismatic rapping that really had me relating the ambition Zee has.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Pusha T
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean (when they sing-rap)
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
Kehlani
Label: 
TSNMI

Sweet, sexy, savage. Kehlani's pretty good at summarizing her own album within its title. Granted just like sweet foods, Kehlani's album "SweetSexySavage" is fills your hunger at first but then as you have more and more of it, you eventually get tired of it. I get that Kehlani knows her sound and what is good for her but after about five songs having the same classic R&B sound, I didn't want to listen to the rest. Kehlani has a beautiful voice that glides over every note effortlessly like the classic R&B singers.

Sounds Like: 
Kyndall
Sounds Like: 
Ella Mai
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
Eli Sostre
Label: 
Eli Sostre

This 11-track debut EP from Eli Sostre entitled Still Up All Night makes the cool side of the pillow go unnoticed and not as chill as the calm, cool, and collected stream of Sostres consciousness. If we’re being honest here I must say that before picking up his CD last Friday, I had no idea exactly who Eli Sostre was and whether I would be a fan of his music.

Sounds Like: 
Sylvan LaCue
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2017
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

       This album is Gucci Mane's December 2016 release, following the first two studio releases  "Everybody Looking" and "Woptober."  There isn't an overflow of features on the album which is great. Gucci only included the essentials, Drake, Bryson Tiller, and Travis Scott. When rappers start out earlier in their career they tend to depend on features for a spectrum of reasons. For example, Gucci had six features on his first album "Trap House" released in 2005.

Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Wake Flocka Flame
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Chance the Rapper and Jeremih
Label: 
Chance the Rapper LLC

It's a Christmas mixtape! Chance and Jeremih got together to give fans the perfect christmas present just 2 days before the 2016 Christmas. Being a Christmas mixtape makes it very seasonal, so probably not the album you are going to be baning all year long. It is still pretty good though. Jeremih is very soulful thoughtout and Chance delievers some dope versus as always. A coulple tracks from this mixtape are going to make it onto my all-star christmas album for years to come.

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