Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Lil Wayne ft. Future & Drake
Label: 
Cash Money

Lil Wayne brings us a track featuring his protege Drake and a rising star in Future. As the hip-hop world knows Wayne has been focused on skating in his last year a two and you could tell from his music. Well ladies and gentleman Lil Wayne is back, finally! The track still has some of the suspect auto tune on it but is still vintage Wayne bringing ridiculous metaphors on the track as with Drake giving his slick lines for the ladies it makes the track worthy for plays everywhere. Watch out for Future(the artist) in future because he is one of the rising stars in Hip-hop.

Sounds Like: 
Wale
Name: 
James Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2013
Artist: 
Chief Keef
Label: 
Glory Boyz Entertainment/Interscope Records

This track is brought to you by Chicago native Chief Keef. This is the second single of his debut album Finally Rich which has another huge track on it named "I Don't Like", which was sampled by Chicago God Kanye West. Chief Keef's music is an acquired taste and isn't lyrical or overly amazing in the production center. What it does do is make your knees bend and your body bounce to the beat. Have you ever been to pro or college football/basketball game and watch the players move their hands in cooking motions and seeing their heads move side to side?

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Man
Sounds Like: 
Waka Flocka Flame
Name: 
James Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2013
Artist: 
Tyga
Label: 
Cash Money Records

With trunk rattling bass and snare drums clapping through the chorus, Tyga's new song "Dope" fits perfectly for a club anthem or party song. Although not packed with lyrical meaning, Tyga provides witty punchlines and Maybach Music leader, Rick Ross, contributes with a solid verse. Tyga continues to establish a name for himself in the many talented artists from Cash Money Records. His latest song "Dope" is another example of why Tyga continues to receive airplay in clubs and why producing club anthems are his specialty. Overall, play this when going out on the weekend.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Lil Wayne
Name: 
Chris Real
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2013
Artist: 
Consequence
Label: 
Band Camp Records

Full of potential and a protégé of Kanye West when he first into the rap game, Consequence has since parted ways with Kanye but has gained valuable experience and continues to put out mixtapes. His most recent continues his Movies on Demand Series with the fourth edition. The two opening tracks, “Dearly Beloved” and “Better Days Ahead,” have Consequence returning to his form when first began building his hype. Throughout the album, Consequence is reflecting of his past decisions and how they have brought him to where he is today.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Name: 
Chris Real
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2013
Artist: 
Young Jeezy feat. 2Chainz
Label: 
Def Jam

The Snowman aka Jeezy aka Young Jeezy gives the rap community a banger that will 100% have me jumping around the club and acting a fool. Jeezy did the smartest thing any rapper could do to make a song legit, put 2 Chainz on the it. Ill be honest 2 Chainz may not sound the smartest or the best by lyrical standards but he does one thing perfectly. GET PEOPLE HYPED! That's why I am all about this track, Tity-boy aka 2 Chainz makes the track a 9/10. Without him it would be a around 6/10.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Name: 
James A Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2013
Artist: 
Roots Manuva
Label: 
Big Dada

Right off the bat I could tell this music was a little different than what people are used to. Im not saying that it is bad just "different". The EP given my Roots Manuva sounds like music that you would hear in techno club in the UK, which makes sense since he is UK'er. Despite this difference he delivers a decent enough EP that still deserves plays and attention. Definitely play this at your next party and you will have people asking who and or what this is.

Sounds Like: 
Dels
Name: 
James A Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2013
Artist: 
Dels
Label: 
Big Dada

This is Dels First release in almost a year and the time away helped him deliver an impressive 5 Track EP named "Black Salad". Dels is a UK based rapper whose beats sounds like a mix of Kendrick Lamar and house music. He makes it work quite well and I would definitely recommend the EP for some plays. Personally I have not listened to any UK rap and was taken back by the rappers lyrics and how well he slides into the tracks almost perfectly. All in all all the tracks are worth listening to, but my personal favorites were Bird Milk and YLIMH.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Various House Music
Name: 
James Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2013
Artist: 
DJ Numark
Label: 
Juno Records

This track came in through Co-Sign and I have to say it was quite the surprise. Right off the bat the song starts with a catchy drum beat sample that makes you want to get up and do some James Brown moves. This sample continues throughout the song and then DJ Numark begins to slide in a deliver verses that complement the track perfectly. Overall I dig this track and have it blasting through by Dre Beats walking around school. Give it some spins.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
A Tribe Called Quest
Name: 
James A Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2013
Artist: 
Pusha T ffeat. Rick Ross
Label: 
G.O.O.D. Music

King Push aka Pusha T gives the world another track that does not disappoint. For this track he brings in MMG leader Rick Ross to drop some knowledge about making "millions" These two collaborate to make a track that makes your head bob to the beat. The beat itself sounds much like much of their other tracks but still different enough to deserve some notoriety from the listeners. The hook spit by Pusha is a notch above catchy and will have you repeating it all day, while the verses both MCs spit will leave you thinking of making millions yourself.

Sounds Like: 
Meek Mill
Sounds Like: 
Clipse
Name: 
James A Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2013
Artist: 
Wale
Label: 
Maybach Music Group

Maybach Music artist Wale drops his latest mixtape, Folarin combining slow tracks with up- beat club anthems. On each track, Wale breezes through with his lyrics ranging from bragging, relationships and everything in between. Filled with 21 tracks, the mixtape seems to continue without stopping making listeners wonder how much longer it will last. However, the smooth, jazzy beats mixed with Wale’s smooth delivery keep the mixtape flowing. Wale shows he can handle stepping out of his comfort zone by teaming up with Travis Porter on the track “The One Eyed Kitten Song,” a sure club anthem.

Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi
Sounds Like: 
Common
Name: 
Chris Real
Date Reviewed: 
01/23/2013
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