Hip-Hop

Artist: 
Young Fathers
Label: 
Ninja Tune

The Young Fathers is a music group made up of three individuals from Scotland. In 2014 the group created their third album labeled Dead, which really drew attention to this trio. From that day forward, Young Fathers have made many large strides to achieve music stardom. About 4 years after Dead, they have officially released their 5th studio album titled Cocoa Sugar. In this album, the group blends together the hip hop and alternative genres in a fairly unique way making this one of the first ambitious albums of 2018.

Sounds Like: 
Jpegmafia
Sounds Like: 
Ghostpoet
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Jay Rock (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake
Label: 
Aftermath Records

After coming off an amazing year in 2017, Kendrick Lamar along with Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake put out the new hip-hop single King's Dead. This song is a pre-release to the star packed Black Panther movie soundtrack coming out February 16, 2018. The song is fast pace and up-beat with a very sharp lyrical delivery by Kendrick. Future's verse in the song is not as good as some of other feature track versus' he has done in the past, but the song over has a good flow to it.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
MonoNeon
Label: 
MonoNeon

MonoNeon’s album A Place Called Fantasy takes you on a journey through a synthy, jazzy, groovy, and surreal land. The first song, A Place Called Fantasy reminded me of the Prince album where Prince takes the first song to prepare the listener for the musical adventure they are about to embark on. The slightly spacey qualities of the mixing of the music makes you feel as though you are no longer experiencing the same reality. The mixing continues this feeling throughout the entire album.

Sounds Like: 
Louis Cole
Sounds Like: 
Funky Knuckles
Sounds Like: 
Evan Marien
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2017
Artist: 
Hippie Sabotage
Label: 
Hippie Sabotage

Review of Hippie Sabotage’s album “Drifter”

By J.S. Rice

 

      The track “Peyote” starts out slow and otherworldly and then evolves into this full-blown marriage between mosh pit like head banging and a dancehall feel from the bass. Later on, touches of EDM are being dropped.

Sounds Like: 
Chainsmokers
Sounds Like: 
Citizen Cope
Sounds Like: 
Jack Johnson
Sounds Like: 
Fantasy Movie Score
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
Princess Nokia
Label: 
Self-Released

I'm no good at describing hip-hop with the level of detail a hip-hop head would demand, so forgive this review and I'll make it quick. Princess Nokia is a Afro-Nuyorican rapper, and 1992 is her new album/mixtape (EP?).

Sounds Like: 
Princess Nokia
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Big Sean
Label: 
GOOD Music

Big Seans drops a new album, I Decided., followed from his previous 2015 album release Dark Sky Paradise that features some big names such as Kanye West, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, etc. This new album includes a whole other line up of other big artists that include Eminem, Jeremih, Migos, and more.

Sounds Like: 
The one and only Big Sean
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

I was curious to see what Gucci Mane did upon getting out of prison. Would it be a somber, reflective project about dealing with the trappings of fame while maintaining your initial identity and ethos, or the utter bangers that we all wanted to hear? Thankfully, it was the latter. Gucci has been expanding his brand lately, producing the chart-topping hit Black Beatles, but he is still able to make great rap songs. This was a small EP release of three songs, but all of them are awesome. He boasts and is incredibly cocky on these songs, but deservedly so.

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Migos
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Barclay Crenshaw
Label: 
Ponies & Cavemen, LLC

Barclay Crenshaw is the real name of DJ Claude VonStroke, an electronic artist who has made a name and following for himself by hitting the festival circuit and pushing the boundaries of EDM. I expected this to be similar to a VonStroke project, and frankly, I was blown away. The album heavily incorporates hip-hop elements and features while maintaining VonStroke's signature style. Upon researching the album I discovered that local Tucson artist Daniel Martin Diaz produced the art for the album, which was a definite plus.

Sounds Like: 
Claude Von Stroke
Sounds Like: 
Tchami
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
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
Artist: 
Wax Tailor
Label: 
Le Plan Records

I was very happy to have been introduced to this album by Music Director Tatum. I've listened to Wax Tailor for a good amount of time and so was ecstatic to be able to listen to his newly released album "By Any Beats Necessary". The album features many artists and is a complex mixture of funky beats and smooth melodies that lightly touch on politcal issues without contradicting it's more easy-going sound. It begins with lighter, poppy songs that make you want to tap your foot and nod your head.

Sounds Like: 
Charlotte Savary
Sounds Like: 
Ghostface Killah
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2016
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