Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Nu-Tren
Label: 
Trilogy Music

This song is DOPEEE!!! It is crazy catchy.  The lyrics are simple, but it's got a groovin' beat with nice rap verses, soulful flow, and buttery smooth vocals.  It has a modern dance feel with a sweet r&b feel.  Nu-Tren takes one shot, and they don't miss their mark.  The girl in this group reminds me of Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls.  Heartbreaker = Money.  Every verse hits hard and gets you feelin' right. Sounds like: Day26, Ne-yo, Bobby Valentino Top Track: 1. Heartbreaker

Sounds Like: 
Day26
Sounds Like: 
Bobby Valentino
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2011
Artist: 
Lyrics Born
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

The singing is halfway decent, acceptable at best.  It’s your standard relationship problem song.  It talks about being used, dealing with complicated issues, and of course, “lies.”  The instrumental is alright.  Good piano in the background, with random electro bits thrown in.  In short, not a great song, but certainly not terrible. Sounds Like: Sam Sparro, Gavin DeGraw

Sounds Like: 
Sam Sparro
Sounds Like: 
Gavin DeGraw
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
Tony Nailz
Label: 
Imperial Rekordz

This rap track is very generic.  Rhymes are not very good.  The chorus is unbelievable repetitive, to the point that it gets annoying.  The beat and bass is blaring, it will blow your ears off.  There is lot of talk about being "fresh," having "swag," and the same jazz about money, cars, and clothes.  If you couldn't tell from what you've just read, I was not impressed to say the least. This album is not good.  But hey if you want another track about "getting low" and "shaking it on the floor," be my guest.

Sounds Like: 
Soulja Boy
Sounds Like: 
Wiz Kalifah
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
The Electric
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

This combo of cool rhymes from everyone in the group, along with strong signing results in a deliciously soulful masterpiece.  The song "Beautiful" is just that.  It has tremendous flow, and it truly is quality music.  "Running" provides an excellent title as well.  The pace is faster and The Electric hits hard.  For only having a few songs, The Electric really packs a lot of punch. As for the remixes, they're ok.  In my opinion, they are different, but no where near as good as the original versions.

Sounds Like: 
City High
Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
Trademark Da Skydiver
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

Concerning the "Up Here" single, The rapping is good.  There are points were his rhyming is generic, but at times Trademark really spits fire. And man, the beat is catchy as hell.  The chorus is pretty simple, but it's just well-crafted.  You'll be head-bobbing, rocking side to side.  It's a song you can groove too.  My only complaint is that it's too short. "Super Sticky" has a jazz sample, setting up the mood.  It shows off Trademark's versatility.  Overall, a good record.

Sounds Like: 
Common
Sounds Like: 
Wyclef Jean
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
J-Live
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

"More like knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.  It's hard work on three, so throw your hands in." J-Live's lyrics are not dumbed down in the least.  They are precisely chosen, and it shows when you hear how articulate his verses are.  With soulful beats, and an old-school swagger, J-Live puts together a solid collection of songs that you can spin to your heart's content.  This is not the type of rap you'd find on the charts nowadays, but in J-Live's case, that's a good thing.

Sounds Like: 
Nas
Sounds Like: 
Diabolic
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
Chiddy Bang
Label: 
Self Released

When it comes to samples in hip hop, it’s really hit or miss. Using someone’s own craft and making it your own isn’t the easiest of things to do. Classics of soul, rock, and folk have all been used as something new and fresh. But it was only a matter of time before someone who noticed the incredible potential of sampling indie music stormed onto the hip-hop scene. Enter Chiddy Bang, the project of two nineteen year old kids: Chidera Anamege and Noah Beresin, aka Xaphoon Jones.

Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2010
Artist: 
Freddie Gibbs
Label: 
Decon

Indiana's most cold-eyed marksman since Larry Bird

Sounds Like: 
Bone Thugs
Sounds Like: 
Tech N9ne
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2010
Artist: 
Zumbi and the Are
Label: 
Jah Works

Classic hip-hop beats provided by the Are and great lyrics and flow put down by Zumbi, making this a great overall album. All of the songs hit hard with an old school feel but still give out that fresher than frozen feel. 

Sounds Like: 
Zion I
Sounds Like: 
Blame One
Name: 
Michael Martinez
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2010