Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Youngtrap
Label: 
Debonaire Music Group

Youngtrap is starting to break out onto the hip-hop scene, and he looks to make his move with the single "Everyday."  Now I could see this song fitting in nicely with what the pop charts have to offer today.  With that said, though the song shows that Youngtrap does have some rhyming skills and potential to be good in the future, his music needs work.  With a boring, generic beat that repeats "I get money everyday," this song is very plain and dumbed down.  And the theme of getting money is seriously overplayed.  If you're merely looking for something to spin and pa

Sounds Like: 
Young Jeezy
Sounds Like: 
Yung Joc
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2010
Artist: 
G-Mo
Label: 
Citrus Soul Ent.

"Drank up, get gone, get drunk."  Catchy, sort of.  But I could've written this song in about five minutes.  G-Mo provides you with your generic rap about partying, getting girls, money, and more partying.  And if you can't think of anything else generic, you might as well come up with a sentence and rap it over and over again right?  I guess this album is just fine if you just want sound to dance to.  In all honesty, I'm surprised these singles haven't found there way onto the pop-charts, because just about any level of lyrical content passes with the public n

Sounds Like: 
Mims
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songs
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2010
Artist: 
G-Mo
Label: 
Citrus Soul Ent.

"Drank up, get gone, get drunk."  Catchy, sort of.  But I could've written this song in about five minutes.  G-Mo provides you with your generic rap about partying, getting girls, money, and more partying.  And if you can't think of anything else generic, you might as well come up with a sentence and rap it over and over again right?  I guess this album is just fine if you just want sound to dance to.  In all honesty, I'm surprised these singles haven't found there way onto the pop-charts, because just about any level of lyrical content passes with the public n

Sounds Like: 
Mims
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songs
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2010
Artist: 
Fugitive Assassins
Label: 
Lostpoet Records

This is good hip hop.  Solid beats, excellent rhymes, limitless flow.  Fugitive Assassins bring it to the table with their superior MC-ing.  Some soul influences, touches of R&B, and always full of swagger.  Supernova is definitely a record to check out.  "Supernova" and "Early in the Mornin'" are strong tracks.  Overall, this rap group performes admirably.  The downside...there's only one airable track.

Top Track: "Supernova"

Sounds like: Guru, Grits, Camp Lo

Sounds Like: 
Camp Lo
Sounds Like: 
Grits
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2010
Artist: 
Donnie Brasco
Label: 
N/A

Carrying the name Donnie Brasco, the hip-hop artist's effort on this 3 track collection is not nearly as exciting as the Johnny Depp movie of the same name.  With that said, the music may not stand out, but the songs on here certainly aren't bad.  He encorporates different sounds on each track.  One with an electro-pop vibe, one with a smooth jazz sound, and another that pumps some bass, adds drums, and a nifty Young B sample.  His diversifying of sound is not quite a strength yet, but I like the idea behind it.  "Boom boom" is definitely the best track on this albu

Sounds Like: 
Kovas
Sounds Like: 
Jay-Z
Sounds Like: 
Крип-а-Крип
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2010
Artist: 
Sage Francis
Label: 
Anti

Sage Francis is a master story teller, his lyrics have always been rich and vivid descriptions of personal experiences, opinions, and views of the world. This album only strengthens that fact. The difference to this album is the more organic, classic sound he decided to lay his lyrics over. The tone is bluesy and the mood, melancholy. Members from Calexico and DeVotchKa make guest collaborations on particular songs. Although Sage Francis is known for his mastery of hip hop, his stab at infusing hip hop and alternative rock results in one successful album.

Sounds Like: 
Astronautalis
Sounds Like: 
Saul Willams
Sounds Like: 
Atmosphere
Sounds Like: 
Brother Ali
Name: 
Mari Weber
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2010
Artist: 
Al Kush
Label: 
Money Clean Entertainment

With a mix of Latin dance and hip hop comes Al Kush, the forerunner for Money Clean Records. Born in raised in Palm Beach where, "the women are beautiful, the police are on every corner." It doesn't get much better than that. Al is definitely living the Kush life now that he is hitting it big. "Just A Gringo" has a nice Latin dance theme and he rhymes in Spanish and English. It's the epic tale of a mamacita and a gringo... a tale we can all relate to. "Fly Me 2 Da Moon" is a hit with quick synths and electro beats. It's pretty bumpin. "Life's A Bitch"... the title says it all.

Sounds Like: 
Cyprus Hill
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2010
Artist: 
Lupe Fiasco
Label: 
Atlantic

Lupe's second to last album. After the release of "LipEND" Lupe will end his rapping career to become an author. I'm not makin' this up.

 

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Common
Name: 
Julian
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2008
Artist: 
Sage Francis
Label: 
Epitaph

The review for this album is missing, but its sage man, its good. Conshous rap, rap not about bitches and hoes and who can argue with that. Play it, its good, find a song you like, and the best part, its a clean album so you can play them all.

Sounds Like: 
Atmosphere
Name: 
Max Roth
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2010
Artist: 
Sage Francis
Label: 
Epitaph

This is classic Sage Francis. This production is great and Sage is always great. Tracks 4 and 8 are pure classic Francis. Though Track 8 is a little on the anti-sematic side. Track 6 makes fun of commercial rap through a phone message skit. The beginning of the CD is filled with guitar driven beats that don't suit Francis' style but he soon rebounds into form as the production becomes better. The best song on the cd is Track 12 as Francis uses wordplay off common phrases to create a masterful song. This track is worth playing show.

Sounds Like: 
Rap
Name: 
Steve Painter
Date Reviewed: 
01/17/2005
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