Hip-Hop

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
Artist: 
Negro Galacticus
Label: 
Self-Released

Negro Galacticus calls their music Afropunk, and if you overthink things like me, that might be a confusing term. I'd heard the term before (off the top of my head, from the movie Dope), and I always assumed that it meant something like a combination of Punk and Afrobeat, which led me to being confused when I actually heard it since it sounds nothing like that.

Sounds Like: 
WHY?
Sounds Like: 
Das Racist
Sounds Like: 
De La Soul
Sounds Like: 
Barr
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2016
Artist: 
Robert Glasper Experiment
Label: 
Blue Note Records

 This Album opens up with fast jazz, the kind you hear on NPR between segments, then he opens with this spoken word; "The reality is my people have given the world so many kinds of music, so many styles of music, so why should I just confine myslelf to one, we want to explore them all" after wards the beat slows, there is some disc jockey and distant speech clips and electronic sounds introduced, more of a 90's hip hop beat introduced, the rest of this song fading to a finish.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk, NPR,
Sounds Like: 
D'Angelo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016