R&B

Artist: 
Chadi
Label: 
Independent

The Way I See You by Chadi is a mellow song about a person obsessing over another person and wanting to be by them at all time. My initial opinion after listening to this song, funny enough, was me attempting and failing to figure out whether Chadi was a male or female. Perhaps the androgenous nature of Chadi's voice is part of the appeal of Chadi's music. The song itself really reminded me of slow, “baby making” music, which is common in the genre of R&B.

Sounds Like: 
Roy Woods
Sounds Like: 
Tracy Chapman
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2017
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Records
Sounds Like: 
ATL
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
Artist: 
Mac Ayres
Label: 
Fate Records LLC

Mac Ayres's "Drive Slow" was an album I knew I would like as soon as I took a listen to one of the songs, "Slow Down", one day. So, naturally, once I found this CD up for review, I knew i had to review it myself. Mac Ayres has wonderful R&B vocals that are soft yet masculine. His vocal style and lyrics are reminiscent of Khalid. Smooth vocals that don't have too much energy but not boring glide over each melody. His voice is clear and hits every note perfectly like a seasoned performer.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean = simple beats and professional vocals
Sounds Like: 
Khalid - lyrics are similar in style and both have great voices for R&B
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017
Artist: 
GoldLink
Label: 
RCA

This single is arguably the greatest single bop to come out this year. If you haven't already heard the track, which was released earlier this year as a single and then on GoldLink's debut album release "At What Cost", then I guarantee after hearing the vamped intro that fades into a simultaneous beat drop and infectious hook introduction followed by two verses, you won't be able to get it out of your head and you won't want to. Washington D.C.

Sounds Like: 
Kaytranada
Sounds Like: 
Anderson Paak
Sounds Like: 
Sango
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
iLLism
Label: 
Self-Released

     On the very first track MNsota, all I hear is easygoing R&B meets Reggae meets Hip-Hop beat infused with strong female vocals from Fancy that are reminiscent of Lauryn Hill of the Fugees. I have instantly fallen in love with this band’s music. Plus, the male singer (Envy) can rap like NAS or any other Bronx-based rapper that I have ever enjoyed listening to.

Sounds Like: 
Easygoing R&B meets Reggae meets Hip-Hop beat infused with strong female vocals reminiscent of Lauryn Hill of the Fugees
Sounds Like: 
NAS or any other Bronx-based rapper
Sounds Like: 
Ms. Lauryn Hill's rap flow
Sounds Like: 
Feel good R&B songs of the 90s
Sounds Like: 
90s R&B background (beat-wise)
Sounds Like: 
90s Female Pop groups ( Like DREAM) married together with 3LW, TLC, and Destiny's Child
Sounds Like: 
Puffy Daddy
Sounds Like: 
Late Night Slow Jams with a deep voiced Barry White-esque singer
Sounds Like: 
90s R&B singers (like Joe, Tyrese, Brandy [particularly here song “Baby”], Usher
Sounds Like: 
90s Female R&B meets Trap
Sounds Like: 
"Papers" by Usher
Sounds Like: 
90s Dance
Sounds Like: 
Catchy Lyricism of the 90s
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Mr.Carmack
Label: 
Self-released

Mr.Carmack's "Everytime" puts an electronic spin to the soulful funky sounds of Daniel Caesar's "Get You." The song is a little more up-tempo than the original but it is no banger. There is no way to make “Get You” a banger. This track is just as chill as the original.

Sounds Like: 
Oshi
Sounds Like: 
WhereisAlex
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017
Artist: 
Nai Palm
Label: 
Sony Music Masterwokrs

Needlepaw strips down the instrumentals of R&B and exposes the voice behind it. Nai Palm had beautiful vocals and lyricism that dominate the album. This is her first solo album, as she is a member of the group Hiatus Kayote. Nai Palm layers her voice with melodies constructed by background vocals. The result is a whirlwind of vocals that speak to the raw emotion Nai Plam tries to create in her songs. In short, this album is absolutely lovely.

Sounds Like: 
Moonchild
Sounds Like: 
Madison McFerrin
Sounds Like: 
Jaala
Sounds Like: 
Hiatus Kayote
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Syd
Label: 
The Internet / Columbia

Although the neo-soul band The Internet have been pretty quiet this past year, their vocalist Syd the Kyd has not. Syd has since then embarked on a solo-career, simply going by the name Syd. Since then, she has been featured on a numerous amount of other artists' projects, from the likes of Common, Daniel Caesar, Vic Mensa and more, as well as releasing her debut solo studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Jhené Aiko
Sounds Like: 
Tinashe
Sounds Like: 
6lack
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
SZA
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

SZA's long-awaited follow up album to her 2014 debut EP "Z", "CTRL" is a vulnerable, dynamic, and honest musical commentary on the singer's growth as both an artist and individual on this 14 track album. "CTRL" boasts features from her fellow TDE colleagues Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad, rapper Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy, and bits of dialogue from both her mother and grandmother. Every song on this album is an absolute bop!

Sounds Like: 
Jhene Aiko
Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2017