Hip-Hop

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
Artist: 
Post Malone
Label: 
Republic Records

Rockstar by Post Malone and 21 Savage is not your typical “I am a rockstar god” song. The evident rockstar life lyrics are masked with a grim slow beat, that makes me think are they okay??

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yatchy
Sounds Like: 
Kevin Abstract
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
A$AP Mob
Label: 
ASAP Worldwide
At its core, you can hear the chemistry between the A$AP Mob and their features on it album. I didn’t feel this was well-crafted or consistently flowing as Ferg’s earlier release this year, Still Striving, but I think there are some bangers on the album that stand out. 
 
Although there’s an intimate almost familial vibe between the artists, don’t expect to get too cozy listening because the energy is sustained throughout the entire album.
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
21 Savage
Label: 
Epic/Sony Records, Slaughter Gang, LLC/Epic Records
Issa Album by 21 Savage is the ambitious debut of the hardened rapper. To try and characterize the vibe, I felt that Issa Album tells the story of 21's transition from the hood to where he's at now.
 
When you listen to the album, expect to hear realness from the core. Even though there was indifference from ambition, 21 told a message of the struggle to express himself throughout the album.
 
This album is a collection of hard sounds, quality beats, and dark melodies, perfect for any aspiring savage.
Sounds Like: 
Rich the Kid
Sounds Like: 
Playboi Carti
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
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