Hip-Hop

Artist: 
THEESatisfaction
Label: 
Sub Pop

 Pretty funky female R&B duo, featured on Shabazz Palace's Black Up, and this is their first official release on Sub Pop Records. Lots of soul and funk influences in their smooth singing style, and background rhythms. Lyrics often deal with relationship issues and feminism (their lyrics and past work often deals with gender, sexuality and social political issues). Definitely scope this funky debut by THEESatisfaction. 

Good Tracks: 4,6,7,9 (especially 4 and 9!)

Avoid: 1,2, 12 (like 50 seconds long... also track 2 drops bitch like 50 times)

Sounds Like: 
Jean Grae
Sounds Like: 
Shabazz Palaces
Sounds Like: 
Erykah Badu
Name: 
Andrew West
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2012
Artist: 
Chiddy Bang
Label: 
EMI Records

 We find Chiddy Bang continueing down their unique and sample-filled hip-hop production, with Chidera Anamege laying down his smooth hitting lyricism. The final production shows the audience a slowly forming hip-hop act on the verge of stardum, with the single and following full length LP full of glossy production and crowd chanting lines. As the group would tell you themselves, they're pretty much amazing.

Sounds Like: 
B.o.B
Sounds Like: 
Wiz Khalifa
Name: 
Andrew Phipps
Date Reviewed: 
03/27/2012
Artist: 
Hunx
Label: 
Hardly Art

Hunx! From Hunx and his Punx! Cool stuff. Meloncholy, easy to listen to alt. It's a mix of Conor Oberst's voice and Nathan Williams' (from Wavves) voice, and it's really nice. It's definitely easy to sit through which is always a good thing.  The lyrics are about setting love free and love and all of that goodness. I think that this album should get airplay and receive attention, so I advise anyone who picked this up to give it a try!

Sounds Like: 
Wavves
Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes
Name: 
Joanna Swaap
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2012
Artist: 
Soul Rebels Brass Band
Label: 
Rounder

 

Sounds Like: 
Rebirth Brass Band, The Roots, Stetsasonic
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2012
Artist: 
Immortal Technique
Label: 
Viper Records

Immortal Technique does what he does best. He’s deep, articulate, well-versed, and informative. He’s not your run-of-the-mill rapper by any means. Every word that he says is chosen carefully. He thinks about his lyrics, he writes good one’s, and his flow is impeccable. Immortal Technique uses his songs as teaching points, but he does so effectively. The track “Open Your Eyes” is a microcosm of his music as a whole. On the track, he exposes corruption in today’s world and provides you  with a shocking realization. He’s good. And he’s world quite a few plays.

Sounds Like: 
MF Doom, Atmosphere, KRS One
Name: 
Charlie Misra
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2012
Artist: 
Sparkz
Label: 
Big Biz Records

There’s a little 8-bit honesty on the track. The singing on the track isn’t too bad. It sounds like your standard drinking song with references to various alcohols. I  wont go further with this review because you can’t air this song anyway. The gist? The song’s okay, maybe a little below average.

Sounds Like: 
Block-E, Mansy
Name: 
Charlie Misra
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2012
Artist: 
Craig Mic
Label: 
Trilogy Music

This record is not enjoyable. It sounds like he’s just talking, not rapping. I feel like he’s just reading poems that he wrote. More power to him for turning to God and his christian roots...but this is not a good album. There’s some annoying autotune in the back on one song. There are weird quotes. A lot of God references. But the main thing that annoys me is this guy’s lack of flow, swagger, or anything hip hop. Maybe some people will like it. But this record’s just not for me.

Sounds Like: 
That guy that recites poetry at the coffee shop, but he’s not that good at it
Name: 
Charlie Misra
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2012
Artist: 
PashaPG
Label: 
Big Biz Records

I’ll cut this guy some slack. “Runaway” is not terrible. I like the hook that the girl sings. PashaPG’s rap skills are decent. He has room for improvement, but it’s alright. I’d give this the occasional play. I wouldn’t be bumping this in my car or at a party anytime soon, but this guy deserves some exposure.

Sounds Like: 
Chipmunk, Skepta, N-Dubz
Name: 
Charlie Misra
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2012
Artist: 
Shad
Label: 
Decon

 

Sounds Like: 
Atmosphere, B.O.B., De La Soul
Name: 
Joanthan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2011
Artist: 
Damian Marley
Label: 
Ghetto Youth International

This song is okay if you don't mind not being able to understand a single word. It's fast-paced, a bit intense and extremely repetitive. And when I think of the Marley name, this is not what comes to mind. I don't get the Marley groove from this, but then again I haven't listened to much Damian Marley. If you look up the lyrics, it seems like it's making a statement about being able to be at home anywhere.

If you're into raggae and can handle the intensity of the song, go ahead and press play.

Sounds Like: 
Elephant Man
Sounds Like: 
Beenie Man
Name: 
Greg Gonzales
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2011
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