Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Trinidad James
Label: 
Gold Gang Records

Trinidad James is a Trinidad-born American rapper best known for "All Gold Everything" and most recently for his collaboration with Lil Dicky on "Just a Lil' Thick". Despite only having a few standout tracks, James has had considerable success over the past few years. While I do love his unique delivery, and overall just enjoy his bigger hits, his new album, "The Wake Up 2" was a pretty big let down for me. One thing I will give this album is that it's an interesting little compilation of music. James brings us many different sounds in just 9 songs.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg (but way worse)
Sounds Like: 
Migos (but way worse)
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2017
Artist: 
Post Malone
Label: 
Republic Records

     Post Malone's debut album "Stoney" is a prime example of how an album should work. Everyone has that one artist that had a string of great singles that made you super excited for the album, then the album came out and it was liquid ass. You won't be disappointed with this album. I'm not saying the music is best, but If you liked his singles, than you will like the majority of this album. Post played it safe with this album; almost every song on this album sounds similar to his singles. Here, I'll make it easy for you...

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
D.R.A.M.
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2017
Artist: 
Soup aka Fullee Love
Label: 
Najia

If you’re asking yourself who in the world is Soup aka Fullee Love, you are not alone. Picking up the CD in and of itself I was questioning my sanity and whether I would vibe with a man who allegedly is the sole reason for the breakup of the hip hop 6-man barbershop quartet, Jurassic 5, and I definitely did. Starting off strong with his single “Surfboard Cali”, Fullee introduces his personality and charisma with a song that elicits feelings of the sun on one’s back on the beaches of California.

Sounds Like: 
Jurassic 5
Sounds Like: 
OutKast
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Ab-Soul
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Ab-Soul’s Do What Thou Wilt lends its name to the ever entrancing Law of Thelema, and it proves to be as convoluted yet entrancing as Thelema stipulates. Ab-Soul pulls no punches with his new edgy take for TDE by beginning with “RAW (Backwards)”, taking shots at Jay Electronica without a Kendrick feature presents a fresh new take at this Ab-Soul re-envisioned. Since TDE has been around, Ab-Soul has been an introspective writer in the sense that he has always been a thoughtful writer, talking about societal issues and personal reflection and exploration.

Sounds Like: 
Mick Jenkins
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Sounds Like: 
Black Hippy
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Madeintyo
Label: 
Private Club Records

Madeintyo, the one that most people know for "Uber Everywhere", can't seem to find his own style in "Thank You, Mr. Tokyo". The entire album sounds like a Rae Sremmurd and Lil Uzi Vert knockoff. What I mean is that the album is good but I think Madeintyo played it incredibly safe by playing off of other people's styles that he knows works. "Taking It Back" is good but it sounds so much like a Rae Sremmurd song mixed with Lil Uzi Vert. It doesn't sound original so it depends on what you're looking for.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert (Madeintyo's "yuh" is like Uzi's "yeah")
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Run the Jewels
Label: 
Run The Jewels, Inc.

Adding a third album to their repertoire, the iconic duo Run the Jewels has released Run the Jewels 3. Although the style of the music is still the same intense and rebellious style they've had throughout the other albums, the lyrics in this album are darker compared to its predecessors. For example, "2100" is an apocalyptic prediction of 2100. In one of Killer Mike's parts, he mentions how he refuses "to kill another human being in the name of the government", nuclear war, and molotovs. BOOTS sings eerily, "Save my swollen heart.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Mob
Sounds Like: 
Ghostface Killah
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Bruno Mars
Label: 
Universal Motown

         "24k Magic" is the long-awaited 3rd album by accomplished singer/multi-instrumentalist/and producer Bruno Mars, and is his follow-up project to his critically acclaimed album "Unorthodox Jukebox". However, unlike most of the somber and generally subdued songs in "Unorthodox Jukebox", Bruno takes a much more uptempo throwback style similar to that late 80's funk and R&B.

Sounds Like: 
James Brown
Sounds Like: 
Pharrell
Sounds Like: 
Sugarhill Gang
Name: 
Sai A. Sreedhar
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2017
Artist: 
J. Cole
Label: 
Dreamville

Forest Hills Drive was a tough record to follow up. While 4 Your Eyez Only does not provide as many bangers or sing-alongs, the record reflects a more mature J. Cole as a whole. He battles with his demons throughout the record and comes out at the end with more unanswered questions. This record bares J. Cole's soul, as ahe reflects on the trappings of fame, and the juxtaposition of his success with his roots. He retains his signature contemplative attitude on the majority of the record, but songs like Immortal show his efforts to cope with his newfound fame.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Chance the Rapper
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2017
Artist: 
Roy Wood$
Label: 
OVO Sound/Warner Bros.

At 20 years old, upcoming hip-hop artist Roy Wood$ has a brighter future than most students who are currently in school (no shade being thrown, just facts). One of the few lucky gentlemen to be signed to OVO Sound, co-founded by the one and only Drake, Wood$ has found moderate success with his previous debut EP Exis. With his 2016 debut album Waking at Dawn.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
Tory Lanez
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2017
Artist: 
Pink Guy
Label: 
Pink Records

Not being heard from since his first album “Pink Guy”, Pink guy has dropped the fire once again with his second album, “Pink Season”. There are no words that can do this album true justice as to the pure musical genius this album portrays. While funny and satirical, almost every song has a deeper meaning through which you could analyze and attribute to society as a whole.

Sounds Like: 
Rich Chigga
Sounds Like: 
Keith Ape
Sounds Like: 
Dumbfounded