Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Dear Derrick
Label: 
PBS Inc/Only popcorn/New East Coat

          Dear Derrick released Ostrich as a single off his new album "More Reality Less Art." The song is old school hip-hop type of song; no melody, angelic female vocals or samples are in the song. It's just Dear Derrick rapping over an 808. The song is two minutes and thirteen seconds which is pretty short for a single, but Derrick gets straight to the point with this song. There is no bridge, intro, or outro. The song is rather stripped, so I don't feel like I need this song to be longer than two minutes.

Sounds Like: 
Tyler the Creator
Sounds Like: 
Hopsin
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
Childish Gambino
Label: 
Glassnote Entertainment Group

        Childish Gambino's new release, "Me and Your Mama" is the first song on his upcoming album "Awaken, My Love!" expected to be released December 2, 2016.  Donald Glover also released FX series "Atlanta" earlier this year.  The season finale aired November first, but FX recently announced that the show got renewed for a second season! Glover must be great at time management, when he wasn't creating, writing, and starring in his new show he was making an 11 track album!

Sounds Like: 
Jimi Hendrix
Sounds Like: 
Outkast
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
Elise Bauman x Ellevan
Label: 
Self-Released

               Ellevan and Elise Bauman, aka Ellevation, are back at it again with their new single, “Make Time”. With another bluesy guitar riff supporting their killer vocals, these two have another hit on their hands. Ellevan takes the lead on this track, spitting bars about growing as an individual and not being stunted in a relationship, whether that be a romantic or platonic relationship. Bauman brings in some soulful, lofty vocals telling us the story of a failed relationship.

Sounds Like: 
Justin Timberlake (but bluesier)
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2016
Artist: 
Joe Buddin
Label: 
Mood Muzik Entertainment

Joe Budden's most recent release, Rage and the Machine, it seems to mix some old and new school qualities that flow together. To me, i honestly found the first few songs a little hard to listen to. but later on as the album went on th chorus, chords, keys, and synths started to sound a little more like a southern rap project. the calm going flow mixed with the lyrics of experience and opinions all fit the scene. Budden creates a nice project with the right sound.

Sounds Like: 
Stevie Stone
Sounds Like: 
DMX
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
The Redland
Label: 
2016 The Redland Entertainment

The Redland’s new album, No Sleep Allowed, came with the suggestion that the tracks be listened to in the order: 2, 5, 1, 4. Track 2, “More than beautiful” is lyrically sweet and I like the beats. It has a chill vibe and I loved the lyrics, “won’t you hold onto me like you hold onto everything, and we’ll go on to be more than beautiful”. Track 5, “Drive” is definitely my favorite. It has a super dope upbeat vibe and, again, the lyrics are great.

Sounds Like: 
gallant
Name: 
Alessandra Posada
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Nick Pratt
Label: 
CSB Worldwide, Inc

Manifest Destiny, album by Nick Pratt, starts off HARD with track 1 and lasts all the way to the end of the album. Most of the album encorporates very sharp synths but also maintain a chill and earie-flow that work perfctly together. The background bass hits hard and sounds that it mixed just perfectly, that it fits so closely with the lyrics of Pratt and his features on this album. From beginning to end there is the catchy bass, synths, and melodic chorus that keeps you listening and waiting for what else they can do with their craft.

Sounds Like: 
Big Krit
Sounds Like: 
DJ Mustard
Sounds Like: 
Juicy J
Sounds Like: 
Curren$y
Sounds Like: 
Wiz Khalifa
Sounds Like: 
Too Short
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
G-Unit
Label: 
G-Unit Records
Sounds Like: 
Old School G-unit
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Denzel Curry
Label: 
PH Recordings LLC

Denzel Curry's single Zenith Ft Joey Bada$$, comes off of Imperial (Curry's latest album). It is a great song. Certified banger. Denzel and Joey's collaboration create a beautiful symphony that is shown with the use of synth ans very limited drums. If i say so my self the atmospheres of the song create sort of an earie-trance sort of feel to it. Also, the bass also amplifies the feeling to make the seem as a sincere form originality. The choir sample in the backgrounds adds such a calming feel.

Sounds Like: 
Denzel Curry
Sounds Like: 
Joey Bada$$
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
The Audio Scientists Laboratory
Label: 
2016 The Audio Scientists Laboratory

The Audio Scientists Laboratory’s debut album, Symphony No. 1 is actually pretty cool. The album has 4 tracks, all self-produced, and FCC CLEAN. From their Facebook page “the Audio Scientists Laboratory is an arts collective out of Detroit, Michigan made up of musicians, singers, rappers, a poet, a singer and dancers”.

Sounds Like: 
hip-hop
Name: 
Alessandra Posada
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Zion I
Label: 
Mind Over Matter

     Zion I, aka Baba Zumbi's new album called The Labyrinth is a conscious rap album with personal, sociopolitical, and inspirational lyrics. The intro "Pre-Destine" and the outro "Departure" are recordings of Zumbi's two-year-oldson Kenji. Kenji had some kind words for his fathers listeners: "Hey people, don't hate. God will protect you. Focus on the good parts." The first two songs after the intro are Bangers! "What we Gone Do" is definitely a more trap oriented song.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016