Hip-Hop

Artist: 
SZA
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Alongside hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, an extremely underrated female artist by the name of SZA happens to be signed to independent label Top Dawg Entertainment. Somewhere along the lines of neo-soul, alternative R&B, and even hip-hop, Solana Rowe AKA SZA is a very talented young lady who has released 3 excellent EP's, with a studio album titled CTRL which can be released at any given moment. As a huge fan of her work, I was extremely excited when SZA dropped a new single out of the blue.

Sounds Like: 
Kali Uchis
Sounds Like: 
The Internet
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Migos
Label: 
Quality Control/300Atlantic

It's for songs like these that I love KAMP...

Sounds Like: 
"Migos- really who else do they sound like?"-- Sai Sreedhar
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2017
Artist: 
PnB Rock
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

            PnB Rock’s album GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions runs the line of R&B and rap.  This album varies from his first release album RNB3, as it focuses more on evoking the emotion of the singer’s feelings about women, hooking up and possibly love. Many of the tracks discuss the contemporary issues within relationships including the confusion of not wanting labels of traditional boyfriend/girlfriend but still not wanting to have the other with another person.

Sounds Like: 
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Sounds Like: 
21 Savage
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Noname
Label: 
Noname

Now this is a story all

about how Noname's album got upside down

and would you please  take a minute just sit all alone

and listen to this album named Telefone. 

Her tones modern 90's

and the beats experimental

yeah shes a female rapper just dont be judgemental

she can play with the guys and she raps with the best

compared to most rappers shes better than the rest

Sunny Duet is one of our faves on the album

its cute and unique and makes you feel solemn

Sounds Like: 
Chance the Rapper
Sounds Like: 
if Poussey from OITNB could rap
Name: 
Brendan Bogar/Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Shinobi Ninja
Label: 
Shinobi Ninja LLC.

Although music can be used express messages to its audience or stand for some higher politcal agenda, there's nothing wrong with using music as a medium to simply be enjoyed, or to be fun to listen to. Shinobi Ninja, a rock band that hails from Brooklyn, New York, is a band that falls under the latter. I had never heard of Shinobi Ninja prior to listening to their latest self-released album titled Bless Up, and decided to check out their upcoming album that is set to be released in March.

Sounds Like: 
Rage Against the Machine
Sounds Like: 
Flobots
Sounds Like: 
Banks & Steelz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Elaquent
Label: 
Urbnet communications inc

  "Worst Case Scenario" is a primarily an instrumental album. ( The exceptions being track 3, 5, 8, and 11 ) and even the exceptions are kept to a minimal amount of verbal input, just a few lines repeated on a loop. The mood of the whole album is ambient and chill, calm and contemplative. The album is perfect study music, long drive music, and absolutely perfect to do some improve free styles over if your into slamming and rapping.

Sounds Like: 
Apollo Brown's album "Clouds"
Sounds Like: 
Bonobo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Thundercat
Label: 
Brainfeeder

Thundercat recently announced his upcoming album on Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder, perfectly entitled Drunk. The lead single from Drunk is "Show Me The Way", featuring yacht rock admirals Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. Loggins, McDonald, and Thundercat all take turns crooning over a slow, grooving beat. This is the song that would soundtrack Cosmos if it was hosted by Bootsy Collins instead of Neil Degrasse Tyson.

Sounds Like: 
Kenny Loggins
Sounds Like: 
Michael McDonald
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
knxwledge
Label: 
Stones Throw

A lot has changed for Knxwledge since one of his beats was featured on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Knxwledge has since put out a collaborative EP with Anderson .Paak via Stones Throw, and was a regular cast member of Viceland's "Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens." However, in terms of his solo work, Knxwledge hasn't changed one bit. WT.PRT.10.8_ is the latest installment of his "Wrap Tapes" series, which he puts out at a furious pace alongside the "Hexual Sealings" projects.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
2 Chainz
Label: 
Self-Released

As you can imagine by the name and the album art of the project, the direction and theme borrow influences from The Karate Kid and any other stereotypical, westernized view of Asian culture. The tape opens with an offensive Asian accent complete live action karate sounds to bring the accompanying artwork full circle.

Sounds Like: 
Chief Keef
Sounds Like: 
Juicy J
Sounds Like: 
Meek Mill
Sounds Like: 
Ace Hood
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Injury Reserve
Label: 
Las Fuegas

Floss is the sophomore album of Tempe hip-hop trio Injury Reserve. This record was my introduction to the group and I really wasn't sure what to expect when I first heard it. Little did I know this record ended up being one of my favorites of 2016, as well as one of the records I listened to the most. This is an incredibly refreshing take on modern hip-hop. From the loud catchy bangers such as "Oh Shit!!!" and "All This Money" to the softer, more emotional tracks such as "Keep on Slippin", this record is all around breathtaking.

Sounds Like: 
Run The Jewels