Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Myka 9
Label: 
2017 Tom Freeman

Sounds Like: 
Sounds like Scarry Terry rapping in a spaceship
Sounds Like: 
Latyrx
Sounds Like: 
Dark Time Sunshine
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2017
Artist: 
Musab & Ink Well Present Mink
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

  The combination of an original rhyme sayer (Musab) and seasoned producer (Ink Well) prove that there is power in combinations. this combo in particular is a brilliant creative explosion of beats, bars and true shit spit over great music that at times sounds like hip hop at times jazz, some blues hints and references but also some afro beat and Latin groove mixed in, even some 80's techno funk hip hop creeps its influences into the mix not to mention all of this comes all of this with an impressive vocabulary.

Sounds Like: 
Nas
Sounds Like: 
Open Mike Eagle
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2017
Artist: 
Open Mike Eagle
Label: 
Mellow Music Group

 

   Open Mike Eagle is the gold standard of contemporary hip hop. He combines lyrics with humor that make them more easily digestible than Milos raps, he layers them with pop culture references, contextualized in his experience as a Chicago project grown kid, and laced with genuine truths, both subjective and lyrical. Absolute favorite album of the year. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. 

Sounds Like: 
Milo
Sounds Like: 
Busdriver
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2017
Artist: 
Tyler, The Creator
Label: 
Columbia Records

Tyler, the Creator's newest album "Flower Boy" has been all I've been listening to the past couple of months. After the disappointment that was "Cherry Bomb", Tyler comes back with the sound we used to enjoy from him back during "Wolf." The general themes of the album are things everyone can relate to: boredom, love, doubt, and loneliness. With a little help from talented artists like Kali Uchis, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Estelle, and even Jaden Smith, Tyler has created the most infectious album of the month.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky - featured artist and both know how to go hard or be poetic
Sounds Like: 
Earl Sweatshirt - both are masters of sounding casual while rapping and creating eerie beats
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Young RJ
Label: 
Ne'Astra Music

CD Review of the singles 1.“Motion” and 2.“Issues” from Young RJ

By J.S. Rice

      I agree with Jacob Sky Bruce, that Young RJ sounds just like J. Cole when it comes to the sheer ferocity of his rap delivery, but at other times he sounds like the Isley brothers married with KC&JoJo (think song “Crazy”) as can be heard on the track “Issues”.

Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Sounds Like: 
Isley Brothers
Sounds Like: 
KC&JoJo's track "Crazy"
Sounds Like: 
Storyteller rappers: Nas,2Pac,Biggie
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Cardi B
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corp.

    If you're into GIRL POWER, LADY RAPPERS, OG FEMALES, or BAD A$$ B*tches you should check this single out immediately. 

If you Like Missy Elliot, Princess Nokia, Little Simz, Nicki Minaj, or Lil Kim you need to play Cardi B - and not just this album but also Cardi B's nickname 

Sounds Like: 
Princess Nokia
Sounds Like: 
Lil Kim
Sounds Like: 
Nicki Minaj
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2017
Artist: 
Mr.Brady
Label: 
URBNET communications Inc

Sounds Like: 
Sounds Like LMNO, DJ K.O.,
Sounds Like: 
Buc Fifty, and Deep Rooted
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2017
Artist: 
Roadman Shaq
Label: 
BBC Radio 1xtra

Sounds Like: 
A Quality Meme
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Career Crooks
Label: 
URBNET communications Inc / Fontana North

 

  The album contains rich thick beats complimented by deep baritone voices spitting lyrical raps with high vocabulary. 

Sounds Like: 
Immortal Technique
Sounds Like: 
Thirsting Howl The 3rd, Fly Anakin, Aesop Rock
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
E Grizzly
Label: 
E Grizzly ( self released )

   If you're looking for deep high paced, popular club sounding hip hop mixed with lyrical wit and poetry this is the album for you. There were parts of the album that made me feel like it was simply filled with catchy immoral phrases about getting money and the non existence of love and the "game." E. Grizzly himself however is not just a rap artist. E grizzly is a Hip Hop artist, combining the music with the philosophical and visual. He Grizzly does street art, elements of which are reflected on the cover of this album.

Sounds Like: 
Silly Da Man
Sounds Like: 
Philly Black
Sounds Like: 
Paris Brown
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
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