Hip-Hop

Artist: 
A$AP Rocky
Label: 
Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records

Suddenly life is different. Suddenly there’s money, cars, women and clothes. Endless riches that come by way of being successful and the rough struggle of growing up in the hood is over. This is the story of A$AP Rocky who dropped his highly anticipated debut album, Long. Live. A$AP. Riding momentum from his mixtape Live Love A$AP, A$AP delivers an equally impressive debut album showing his versatility. In the tracks: “Goldie,” “PMW,” “F**kin Problems,” and “Wild for the Night,” A$AP raps about this new fast and wild lifestyle of being rich and surrounded by woman, money and haters.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Chris Real
Date Reviewed: 
01/17/2013
Artist: 
Game
Label: 
DGC, Interscope

After years of whining and much public showboating Game releases his last album with Interscope Records "Jesus Piece" a disappointing only slightly marginal improvement to last year's "Red Album". Man do I hate this album thanks in large part to attention whore and annoyance Game who more often then not makes you wish he would actually keep his mouth shut rather than open it.

Sounds Like: 
50 Cent
Sounds Like: 
Jay Rock
Sounds Like: 
Rick Ross
Name: 
Cristien Keeme-Sayer
Date Reviewed: 
01/15/2013
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
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