Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

       This album is Gucci Mane's December 2016 release, following the first two studio releases  "Everybody Looking" and "Woptober."  There isn't an overflow of features on the album which is great. Gucci only included the essentials, Drake, Bryson Tiller, and Travis Scott. When rappers start out earlier in their career they tend to depend on features for a spectrum of reasons. For example, Gucci had six features on his first album "Trap House" released in 2005.

Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Wake Flocka Flame
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Chance the Rapper and Jeremih
Label: 
Chance the Rapper LLC

It's a Christmas mixtape! Chance and Jeremih got together to give fans the perfect christmas present just 2 days before the 2016 Christmas. Being a Christmas mixtape makes it very seasonal, so probably not the album you are going to be baning all year long. It is still pretty good though. Jeremih is very soulful thoughtout and Chance delievers some dope versus as always. A coulple tracks from this mixtape are going to make it onto my all-star christmas album for years to come.

Sounds Like: 
Roy Woods
Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Name: 
Jose Santiago
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2017
Artist: 
Trinidad James
Label: 
Gold Gang Records

Trinidad James is a Trinidad-born American rapper best known for "All Gold Everything" and most recently for his collaboration with Lil Dicky on "Just a Lil' Thick". Despite only having a few standout tracks, James has had considerable success over the past few years. While I do love his unique delivery, and overall just enjoy his bigger hits, his new album, "The Wake Up 2" was a pretty big let down for me. One thing I will give this album is that it's an interesting little compilation of music. James brings us many different sounds in just 9 songs.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg (but way worse)
Sounds Like: 
Migos (but way worse)
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2017
Artist: 
Post Malone
Label: 
Republic Records

     Post Malone's debut album "Stoney" is a prime example of how an album should work. Everyone has that one artist that had a string of great singles that made you super excited for the album, then the album came out and it was liquid ass. You won't be disappointed with this album. I'm not saying the music is best, but If you liked his singles, than you will like the majority of this album. Post played it safe with this album; almost every song on this album sounds similar to his singles. Here, I'll make it easy for you...

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
D.R.A.M.
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2017
Artist: 
Soup aka Fullee Love
Label: 
Najia

If you’re asking yourself who in the world is Soup aka Fullee Love, you are not alone. Picking up the CD in and of itself I was questioning my sanity and whether I would vibe with a man who allegedly is the sole reason for the breakup of the hip hop 6-man barbershop quartet, Jurassic 5, and I definitely did. Starting off strong with his single “Surfboard Cali”, Fullee introduces his personality and charisma with a song that elicits feelings of the sun on one’s back on the beaches of California.

Sounds Like: 
Jurassic 5
Sounds Like: 
OutKast
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Ab-Soul
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Ab-Soul’s Do What Thou Wilt lends its name to the ever entrancing Law of Thelema, and it proves to be as convoluted yet entrancing as Thelema stipulates. Ab-Soul pulls no punches with his new edgy take for TDE by beginning with “RAW (Backwards)”, taking shots at Jay Electronica without a Kendrick feature presents a fresh new take at this Ab-Soul re-envisioned. Since TDE has been around, Ab-Soul has been an introspective writer in the sense that he has always been a thoughtful writer, talking about societal issues and personal reflection and exploration.

Sounds Like: 
Mick Jenkins
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Sounds Like: 
Black Hippy
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Madeintyo
Label: 
Private Club Records

Madeintyo, the one that most people know for "Uber Everywhere", can't seem to find his own style in "Thank You, Mr. Tokyo". The entire album sounds like a Rae Sremmurd and Lil Uzi Vert knockoff. What I mean is that the album is good but I think Madeintyo played it incredibly safe by playing off of other people's styles that he knows works. "Taking It Back" is good but it sounds so much like a Rae Sremmurd song mixed with Lil Uzi Vert. It doesn't sound original so it depends on what you're looking for.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert (Madeintyo's "yuh" is like Uzi's "yeah")
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Run the Jewels
Label: 
Run The Jewels, Inc.

Adding a third album to their repertoire, the iconic duo Run the Jewels has released Run the Jewels 3. Although the style of the music is still the same intense and rebellious style they've had throughout the other albums, the lyrics in this album are darker compared to its predecessors. For example, "2100" is an apocalyptic prediction of 2100. In one of Killer Mike's parts, he mentions how he refuses "to kill another human being in the name of the government", nuclear war, and molotovs. BOOTS sings eerily, "Save my swollen heart.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Mob
Sounds Like: 
Ghostface Killah
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Bruno Mars
Label: 
Universal Motown

         "24k Magic" is the long-awaited 3rd album by accomplished singer/multi-instrumentalist/and producer Bruno Mars, and is his follow-up project to his critically acclaimed album "Unorthodox Jukebox". However, unlike most of the somber and generally subdued songs in "Unorthodox Jukebox", Bruno takes a much more uptempo throwback style similar to that late 80's funk and R&B.

Sounds Like: 
James Brown
Sounds Like: 
Pharrell
Sounds Like: 
Sugarhill Gang
Name: 
Sai A. Sreedhar
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2017
Artist: 
J. Cole
Label: 
Dreamville

Forest Hills Drive was a tough record to follow up. While 4 Your Eyez Only does not provide as many bangers or sing-alongs, the record reflects a more mature J. Cole as a whole. He battles with his demons throughout the record and comes out at the end with more unanswered questions. This record bares J. Cole's soul, as ahe reflects on the trappings of fame, and the juxtaposition of his success with his roots. He retains his signature contemplative attitude on the majority of the record, but songs like Immortal show his efforts to cope with his newfound fame.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Chance the Rapper
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2017