R&B

Artist: 
Mila J
Label: 
Self-released

        "MILAULONGTIME" is Mila J's 7-track Valentines Day mixtape. Although it's a Valentines drop, the songs are pretty diverse in moods. The opening track MOVE is a trap banger with that 'fuck the haters' type of vibe. FUCKBOY is a funky r&b song, probably holds the record for r&b song with the most f-bombs. YESTERDAY is a trap ballad featuring I.Rich.

Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Sounds Like: 
Jhene Aiko
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017

Fin

Artist: 
Syd
Label: 
The Internet

R&B juggernaut The Internet has taken a small hiatus to focus on individual members' solo projects. On frontwoman's Syd solo debut, Fin, she gets deep over some late 90's R&B production. Many critics have made the vocal and musical comparison between Aaliyah and Syd on Fin, and I won't disagree.

Sounds Like: 
Aaliyah
Sounds Like: 
SZA
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
H.E.R.
Label: 
RCA Records

       "H.E.R. Volume 1" is the first EP from H.E.R. and it's seven tracks of r&b nostalgia. Samples from some classic r&b songs like Aliyah's At Your Best and Floetry's Say Yes are on the record. A cover of Drake's "Jungle" is also on the record so overall I think the choices in music influence are solid and safe. H.E.R. doesn't curse on this album; all of the original songs on the album are clean. The only song that is explicit is the Drake cover.

Sounds Like: 
SZA
Sounds Like: 
Alicia Keys
Sounds Like: 
Floetry
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Kid Cudi
Label: 
Republic Records

This album is bipolar, but that’s okay! It adds a bit of flavor, almost in a good way.

Sounds Like: 
Mac Miller
Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Kehlani
Label: 
TSNMI

Sweet, sexy, savage. Kehlani's pretty good at summarizing her own album within its title. Granted just like sweet foods, Kehlani's album "SweetSexySavage" is fills your hunger at first but then as you have more and more of it, you eventually get tired of it. I get that Kehlani knows her sound and what is good for her but after about five songs having the same classic R&B sound, I didn't want to listen to the rest. Kehlani has a beautiful voice that glides over every note effortlessly like the classic R&B singers.

Sounds Like: 
Kyndall
Sounds Like: 
Ella Mai
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
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: 
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: 
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: 
D.R.A.M.
Label: 
Atlantic Records

Big Baby D.R.A.M. is Virginia singer and rapper D.R.A.M.’s first full-length commercial album. The album starts off incredibly strong with its opening track “Get It Myself”.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
The Seshen
Label: 
Tru Thoughts

Flames & Figures is a beautifully immersive experience. Lead singer Lalin St. Juste’s voice is smooth, feminine, mourning, calming, all at the same time. It feels like the rest of the music is almost built around her, with driving base and synthy builds. While there are definitely elements of electropop, they mostly feel like a layered support system for St. Juste’s modern and delicate exploration of love and passion.

Sounds Like: 
Little Dragon
Sounds Like: 
Lienna La Havas
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2016