Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Kanye West & G.O.O.D. Music
Label: 
G.O.O.D. Music

Kanye West has been a busy man; preparing for a baby with Kim Kardashian and putting together a collaboration CD with members of his G.O.O.D music label titled Good Music Cruel Summer. From the opening track "To the World," Kanye West and his label mates make a statement that this album is their own unique style. Top to bottom, production is on point and every artist sounds right on with their lyrics. The only disappointing track is Kid Cudi's solo track. This is one of the only tracks where the artist and the beat don't sync up.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Name: 
Chris Real
Date Reviewed: 
01/14/2013
Artist: 
Hector Guerra
Label: 
Amanacer Records

Being his own producer, Hector Guerra can create instrumentals from an assortment of styles from traditional banda to Carribean rhythms and everything in between. Behind these assorted instrumentals, Guerra delivers his lyrics full of passion and meaning. This is only his second full album and it is easy to see why he is a rising star in Latin America by putting together a well rounded album, catchy beats and something different on every track.

Sounds Like: 
Don Omar
Name: 
Chris Real
Date Reviewed: 
01/12/2013
Artist: 
Immortal Technique
Label: 
Viper Records

On "Revolutionary Vol.2" Immortal Technique achieves what few rappers can claim by delivering an album that does not fall prey to the sophomore jinx and is a proper follow up to his debut. Vol.2 finds Tech rapping about his favorite things (politics,corruption,and greed) and while the argument could be made that the subject matter of Vol.2 does very little to differentiate itself from Vol.1 Tech is so damn good at what he does you don't care.

Sounds Like: 
Chuck D
Sounds Like: 
Vinnie Paz
Sounds Like: 
Akir
Name: 
Roberto Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2012
Artist: 
Rick Ross
Label: 
MMG

This is not a joke, the Intro to Black Bar Mitzvah is basically a commercial for Ciroc, Reebok, and Wings Stop. It is classic Rozay. Easily the best part of this mixtape is the title. The imagery that is invoked could not be greater. Otherwise, this mixtape lacks in all aspects. A third of the tracks are a sloppy Ross verse and then the best verses from killer 2Chainz or Cruel Summer tracks. The killer is that of all the tracks I would recommend on the mixtape come from these relatively unchanged songs...

Sounds Like: 
Cruel Summer
Sounds Like: 
Standard Rozay
Name: 
Jake Sornsin
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2012
Artist: 
Flying Lotus
Label: 
Warp Records

Electronic producer Flying Lotus, aka Los Angeles native Steven Ellison, has said that he feels that the notion of genre in music is dead or dying. He makes a pretty good case for it. Music critics tend to throw around words like “genre-defying” and “cross-genre”, which is often a sign of laziness on the critic’s end or a lack of cohesion on that of the artist. Flying Lotus, however, seems to pull from such a wide bag of tricks that his music is hard to qualify as a single genre, and yet is so consistent in his own production that nothing feels random or accidental.

Sounds Like: 
No one really comes to mind.
Name: 
Michael Cullan
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2012
Artist: 
Freddie Gibbs
Label: 
CTE World

The highly-anticipated Gangsta Grillz mixtape, Baby Face Killa, is another proof of Freddie Gibbs’ continued supremacy in the rap game. Throughout the album, his verses make their guest-spot counterparts seem painfully amateurish. I’ve often wondered why Gibbs goes for so many guest verses on his otherwise immaculate tracks, and the only explanation I can come up with is that he views it as his public service to the industry.

Sounds Like: 
2Pac
Sounds Like: 
Young Jeezy
Sounds Like: 
DJ Drama stuff
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2012
Artist: 
Big Sean
Label: 
G.O.O.D. Music

The young prince of the G.O.O.D Music campaign has returned to his roots and released a highly anticipated mix-tape. When I first started listing to Big Sean he was what we called a "mix-tape" rapper. Meaning that he had slick one liners that grab you attention and beats that make your head nod and make your car shake with bass vibrations. That is why I started to listing to Big Sean and he started to get away from this in his last album, but now HE IS BACK. This mix-tape offers songs for everyone from hip-hop enthusiasts to R&B heads to people just looking for a good jam.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Common
Name: 
James Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2012
Artist: 
Big Sean ft. Jay Z & Kanye West
Label: 
G.O.O.D. Music

Once again G.O.O.D Music brings us a banger that will make every club and every car system automatically 10 times better by just playing this track. This track mainly focusing on Big Sean and featuring the two gods of Hip-Hop (Jay-Z & Kanye) brings what Hip-Hip has been missing, which is hard slapping beats and the lyrical smashing ability of the MCs. This track will appear on the G.O.O.D Music compilation album named "Cruel Summer". The song will without a doubt take over the airwaves everywhere and once you listen to it you will know why. PLAY THIS TRACK.

Sounds Like: 
Jay-Z
Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Name: 
James Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2012
Artist: 
Rick Ross
Label: 
Def Jam

On his latest effort, God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross commits the by-now pretty common flaw of doing collabos with MCs who put him to shame. Andre 3000’s guest spot on “Sixteen” is the highlight of the album, with a typically dexterous and never-ending verse followed-up by a badass guitar solo. Equally worthwhile are Dr. Dre and Jay-Z’s verses on “3 Kings,” which boast a raw confidence only veterans can claim. Ross bought along a decently talented gang of beatmakers for this record, too. The Jake One beat on “3 Kings” completes it, and makes it the album’s most listenable track.

Sounds Like: 
Rick Ross
Sounds Like: 
Shaq
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
09/16/2012
Artist: 
Kanye West feat. Pusha-T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz
Label: 
G.O.O.D. Music

Mercy is the epitmoe of Kanye West and his crew of lyrical bosses of G.O.O.D Music. The beat hits with a vengeance and if your system has sub-woofers then you will be in heaven. Pusha-T, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz give their one verses that could kill any others in the game right now and that is why Kanye recruited them. Kanye only puts the best on his tracks and when you listen to the track you will agree. Wither your in your car, in the club, walking to class, or sitting at the computer this song will have you rapping the words and bobbing your head to the beat.

Sounds Like: 
Jay-Z
Name: 
James Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2012
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