Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Joji (A.K.A. George Miller)
Label: 
88Rising

If you're familiar at all with George Miller (AKA Filthy Frank, AKA Joji, AKA Pink Guy), you're probably aware of the fact that the intent of his works swing wildly in mood, depending on what name he's publishing his content under. That being said, Miller (under Joji for this particular set of songs) immediately sets the tone with "i don't wanna waste my time" as melancholic and serious. Set to a pretty simple backbeat, Miller's lyrics take the forefront, accompanied by the simple sway of a piano that adds to the mood immensely. 

Sounds Like: 
Nujabes
Sounds Like: 
Tompabeats
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Daniel Caesar
Label: 
Golden Child Recordings

Fresh new sophomore album following Pilgrim's Paradise released in 2015. The debut album pictured Daniel Caeser falling. He rises in the new release. 

Refreshing to see an r&b male singer songwriter that doesn't bluntly sing about sex and getting high. Some lyrics are about those things but it's poetic and tasteful.

Sounds Like: 
H.E.R.
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
John Legend
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
Kweku Collins
Label: 
Closed Sessions

grey by Kweku Collins is a great album and super easy to listen to. I enjoyed the variety within the album and found the music to be fascinating. Because it was unpredictable, I remained engaged in the music throughout the majority of the tracks. Some of the songs can be difficult to listen to, simply because there is just so much going on, in regard to tempo changes, compilation of beats, as well as varying vocal layers.

Sounds Like: 
6lack
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2017
Artist: 
Milo
Label: 
Ruby Yacht / The Order Label

First and foremost, this album is not “radio rap”, it is not simplistic, it is not “feel-good” or trashy  (not that I am bashing trashy or feel good - there is a time and play and I admit that place is pretty great). However this album, is poetry. It is philosophy.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock, WHY?, JonWayne, Open Eagle Mike, Busdriver, Nas, YCP Beno, King Krule, YOUNGMAN, and Raury
Sounds Like: 
Beats sound like Apollo Brown instrumentals
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Shabazz Palaces
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

    In the year 3008, as the cyborg giraffe people begin to uncover artifacts of the Trumpeozoic Era, they will come across this album and state, “Damn, this shit poppin”.

    This album is on some futuristic hip hop shit. It’s the companion album to Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star detailing the story of the space traveler Quazarz.

Sounds Like: 
JJ Doom
Sounds Like: 
Gonjasufi
Sounds Like: 
Gonjasufi
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Astrojaxx
Label: 
Self-Released

Astrojaxx's promo single Back to You has an upbeat and a light clubbing feel to it. Listening to it the first time, it gave me a Skrillex vibe but a lighter touch to the EDM. Super addicting to listen to and looking forward to more of Astrojaxx's music!

Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2017
Artist: 
Andrew Joslyn
Label: 
Lux Finite

I haven't heard anything like this before, but this is the kind of music that I've been looking for for a long time. Have you ever wondered to yourself "What if Elanor Rigby had drums too?" Because that's basically what this album sounds like. And it rocks. THe songs all consist of some orchestral instrumentation with sampled beats played underneath and a guest vocalist singing. A lot of the beats sound vintage and old school, really boom bap and remind me of golden age hip hop. The vocals are all sung instead of rapped but still this album is awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Shelby Earl
Sounds Like: 
Elanor Rigby with hip hop beats
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017
Artist: 
Desiigner
Label: 
UMG Recordings

Desiigner redeems himself after a devastating flop on his latest album New English. It's a good step up from what he's released, more of that hype, and hard beats. HE keeps the flows fresh, and maintains the signature sound he had you hooked on from the release of Panda. Instrumentals, could have been better, but I think the verses make up for it. You wont be dissapointed with these tracks. Definately radio worthy, hopefully they can be cleaned in time for play 

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2017
Artist: 
Joey Bada$$
Label: 
Pro Era

Few rappers in the realm of popular music are as serious about their art as a technical skill as Joey Bada$$. Hip Hop is not an image to Joey B, the 22 year old rapper believes in the ability of the art form to truly take the listener to a different place.

Sounds Like: 
Tupac Shakur
Sounds Like: 
Nas
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Trey Songz
Label: 
Warner Music Group

This album has sensual written all over it. If you're making love tonight, this is the album to help put things in the mood. It's like the modern day Berry White. This is the smoothest and silkiest RnB album today. Trey Songz making me feel some type of way while I type and listen to this. It's soft and smooth, but Trey remains in his strong manly voice. He ain't shy like Drake, he doesn't need to be hard, but he can if he wants too. Excellent album if you're into him and his stuff, there has to be one song on here that is radio worthy. 

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Chris Brown
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2017
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