Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Big Sean
Label: 
GOOD Music

Although this No I.D. produced track didn't make the cut for Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, it still set the internet aflame due to Kendrick's controversial bars. The seven and a half minute track features strong efforts from both Big Sean and Jay Electronica, but Kendrick dominates the song with his verse, calling out virtually everyone that's hot in today's rap game (even song mates Big Sean and Jay Electronica) and issuing a challenge: who can take down King Kendrick Lamar?

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Jay Electronica
Name: 
DJ Sutton
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2013
Artist: 
The Weeknd
Label: 
Republic

“Kiss Land” is the first single off of The Weeknd’s debut studio album, also named Kiss Land. There is a bit of a departure from his style on his previous works (compiled in Trilogy) but this style really works for The Weeknd as well. Instead of a stripped down and bare vibe that The Weeknd usually carries, the beat on this song is more full, more vibrant, and more electronically influenced. The Weeknd’s voice is still golden, but rather than more of a detached feel to his voice, The Weeknd seems to be more emotionally invested in his singing throughout this song.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
Miguel
Name: 
DJ Sutton
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2013
Artist: 
JAY Z
Label: 
Roc-A-Fella

There’s nothing really new on this album, this is the same shit Jay’s been doing for years in terms of lyrical content (“I’m really rich uh/I’m the best rapper alive” kinda stuff). The beats are definitely what stand out on this album for me; with the right speakers, they can really bump. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is a bad album, I’m just saying that there’s nothing really “new” on this album. If you’ve listened to Watch The Throne, then you’ve essentially heard MCHG as well.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Rick Ross
Name: 
DJ Sutton
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2013
Artist: 
Kanye West
Label: 
Roc-A-Fella

West has made a habit of departing from the style of his previous release with every new release he has, and for his sixth studio album, Yeezus, the trend is no different. In fact, it may be his biggest departure from his previous style yet. Yeezus can be compared to 808’s in terms of its unconventionality, but rather than a sad and heartbroken West, the listener is greeted with an arrogant and extremely pissed off West instead. The word that West wanted to describe this album was “minimalist”, and the songs on the album encompass that word.

Sounds Like: 
JAY Z
Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk
Name: 
DJ Sutton
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2013
Artist: 
Kid Cudi
Label: 
Republic Records

Not clean!
This single track starts with a heavy bass line (heavy in depth not frequency) and has a great pace. “Girls” is a pretty decent song but I can’t say it is my favorite from Kid Cudi. The verse boarders on dull as he lazily rap talks his way to the chorus. I would also say each versus gets progressively better as far as his rapping goes. The chorus is pretty catchy and is much lighter than the versus. I’d give a 3.0 out of 5.

Sounds Like: 
kanye
Sounds Like: 
wiz khalfia
Name: 
Tyler Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2013
Artist: 
Tyga
Label: 
Cash Money

The Cash Money artist Tyga brings us his second album named Hotel California. This album is in my opinion one of the best of the year when compared to any others of its genre. The way to describe Tyga's music is by simply saying its geared for the club, strip club, and the twerk club. For a novice listener in the rap genre his lyrics might sounds crude, rude, and may protrude on some peoples morals but it does its job: gets peoples heads bobbing and hips moving. The songs to look for on the album are Get Loose, 500 Degrees, Dope,Hijack, Get Rich, and Switch Lanes.

Sounds Like: 
YG
Sounds Like: 
Too Short
Name: 
James A Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2013
Artist: 
Yelawolf
Label: 
NONE

With his Trunk Muzik Returns mixtape, Yelawolf proves he's back from the disappointment of his studio album Radioactive, and he's back with a vengeance. This mixtape is packed with great beats and even better rhymes and flows from Yelawolf, as he showcases his storytelling ability as well his ability to be a bonafide spitter. The production is done by Supahotbeats, and he provides the perfect mix of minimal, gritty and dark beats that don't distract from Yelawolf's rhymes but simply add even more enjoyment to the mixtape.

Sounds Like: 
Tech N9ne
Sounds Like: 
BIG KRIT
Name: 
André Petman
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2013
Artist: 
Big Sean feat. Common
Label: 
G.O.O.D. Music

Big Sean is on a roll dropping singles and doing features for other artists and this track is no different. It is basically telling the world that he is a straight BOSS and he did it without "switching up" his team. This track is going to be in the clubs with in a week and have the ratchets twerking and the college girls trying to emulate. On top of all this the slickest rapper of our generation, Common is on the track. Pay attention to this track and all the metaphors that Sean and Common throw out there because it will have you bobbing and laughing

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Name: 
James A Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2013
Artist: 
Romski
Label: 
N/A

This Album was sent in to the station by an artist going by the name MC Romski. He reigns from the bay area and you can tell that his style resembles his hometown. There is a good blend of chill rap lyrics and laid back beats that allows you to take a step back and just bob your head to the beat. Romski's flow sounds much like a Big L or Big Daddy Kane; slow, clean, and confident. Without a doubt give this album a spin on your show with the tracks I find entertaining below.

Sounds Like: 
Big L
Sounds Like: 
Big Daddy Kane
Name: 
James A Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2013
Artist: 
Alex Danny
Label: 
Brash Division

Alex Danny, a local up and coming rapper from Tucson puts together a solid EP. His smooth flow and mixture of topics keeps the EP moving all the way through. Hip Hop is not known for coming out of Tucson, but Alex Danny possesses the hunger and talent to keep progressing. His EP is definitely worth a listen.

Sounds Like: 
Q- Tip
Name: 
Chris Real
Date Reviewed: 
04/10/2013
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