Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Kanye West featuring Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Sean, & J. Cole
Label: 
G.O.O.D. music

This is a decent track from Kanye’s new album. Kayne and the rising star Big Sean both go hard on this song. The sample fits the song well but the beat is just ok.

Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi
Name: 
Sterling Hedges
Date Reviewed: 
11/22/2010
Artist: 
Rakaa
Label: 
Decon Records

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Sounds Like: 
Jurassic 5, The Pharcyde
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
11/19/2010
Artist: 
Zion I
Label: 
Gold Dust

NOT just another hip-hop duo, Atomic Clock displays innovative beats that mesh very well with Zumbi's rhymes. Many Stylez ft. Rebelution has a definite reggae feel, where North Star stands out with distorted electronic beats, AmpLive's beat complexity shows through with this cut. Extremely enjoyable couple of songs, a great play for both mainstream and underground hip-hop enthusiasts.

Sounds Like: 
The Grouch & Eligh
Sounds Like: 
The Prime
Sounds Like: 
Cunninlynguists
Name: 
Michael Martinez
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2010
Artist: 
Chiddy Bang
Label: 
Capitol

"Chiddy Bang!

Sounds Like: 
Xaphoon Jones
Sounds Like: 
B.o.B.
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2010
Artist: 
Atmosphere
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

I tried hard to find something I didn't like about these two EP's, but I just couldn't. It's all I've been listening to in my car for the past week. They released these EP's in order to support their current tour and "to hold [the fans] over until their next official album," but even with that description, nothing about this collection sounds half-assed at all. Slug's rhymes are intelligent and thought provoking, and he plays over beats that are mellow enough for a lazy weekend afternoon, and with a few songs you could hear at a random party. Don't pass this one up.

Sounds Like: 
Brother Ali
Sounds Like: 
Sage Francis
Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2010
Artist: 
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Label: 
Reprise/ Asylum Records

Its Bone Thugs if you don't know who they are then u suck. there latest album since the reuniting. overall a somewhat solid album with songs like meet me in the sky and see me shine. play this shit

play*** Bump it **** PLAY TO THE MAX*****
play these songs pleaseee!!!!
2. rebirth

3. See Me Shine****

9. Gone *****

10. Meet Me in the Sky *****

Sounds Like: 
Bone Thugs Duh
Name: 
Zach Noren
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2010
Artist: 
Chiddy Bang
Label: 
Virgin

Chiddy Bang is a part of this newfangled alt hip-hop that has become so popular. These guys have received a ton of hype, and they deserve it. These songs consist of some pretty good raps over electronic sounding music. Pharrell is a huge fan of these guys, and has even produced stuff for them. If you have a hip-hop show you should definitely spin this.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi
Name: 
nina ulloa
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2010
Artist: 
Rye Rye Ft. M.I.A
Label: 
Interscope Records

Sounds like:

This soung reminds me of that "Hey Mickey" tune from the 80's.  The song then goes into a little rap that sounds a little like Lil Kim.  The chorus and the bridge sounds a little bit like the Ting Ting's.  Overall great song.  There is an instrumental (track 3) and a cappella version (track 4) which will also make good backround music while your talking for the show.  It has an eighties feel with a new age sound.  Enjoy!

Sounds Like: 
Toni Bassil
Sounds Like: 
The Ting Tings
Name: 
Michael Brilliant
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2010
Artist: 
Chilli Chill Luciani
Label: 
Strickly Biznis

Sounds like:

If you like weird songs like T. Payne's "I'm on a Boat" or some weird auto-tuned Kanye, then Lighters and A Dutch by Chilli Chill Luciani is right for you.  He raps about hardcore partying and smoking with two lighters and a dutch.  This track references the "N" word so it is non-airable.  Otherwise the track seems find, although with his auto-tune you can barely understand what he is saying.

Sounds Like: 
T Payne
Sounds Like: 
Kanye
Name: 
Michael Brilliant
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2010
Artist: 
People from the Sun
Label: 
N/A

This single is good.  The rapping is solid and fast-paced.  The flow is nice.  The beat constantly builds toward a big kick from the chorus.  What is disappointing is that the chorus fails to deliver that x-factor, and the song just continues to build.  It has a bit of a rock edge to it, and overall it is a decent track.  These guys are talented, but there is certainly something missing.

Sounds like: Far East Movement, Styles of Beyond, Graveplott

Sounds Like: 
Far East Movement
Sounds Like: 
Styles of Beyond
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2010