R&B

Artist: 
Tory Lanez
Label: 
Self-Released

The New Toronto 2 by Tory Lanez is definitely one of my top picks for underrated music works in the past year.  It most likely flew under people’s radar being released in December. The transitions during and between songs astounded me, so much that songs like “Talk To Me Nice/Fargo” sounds like it could be two different tracks. This style works, however, it is reminiscent of Drake and keeps the listener drawn in.

Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Jidenna
Label: 
Wondaland

The Chief is the debut studio album from Wondaland artist Jidenna. Jidenna previously burst onto the scene in 2015 with the release of the critically acclaimed track “Classic Man”. Coupled with the instant hit remixed version of the song featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Classic Man” went on to be Grammy nominated and put Jidenna on the map. After a short break, Jidenna resurfaced with an incredible guest performance of his song “Long Live the Chief” on Marvel’s Luke Cage, which would go on to be the first single from the Album.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
Jose James
Label: 
Blue Note Records

Smooth and Sensual, let Jose James rock you into heartbreak gently. Love in a Time of Madness takes you into a smooth, hot coco in a cafe studying type of mood, but equally into a mood of slowly sipping tequila at a dance club trying to forget how lonely you truly are. This album is slow and heavy and is tinged with a bit of sadness and regret, but covers this generations obsession with love through the lenses of impermeability, online app dating and open relationships. Everyone deserves to be loved, right?

Sounds Like: 
R&B Club Songs
Sounds Like: 
Break Up music
Sounds Like: 
Barry White Mixed with Lando Chill
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2017
Artist: 
Amber Mark
Label: 
Jasmine Music

New York-based singer, Amber Mark, will release her first debut EP on Friday, May 12th. The EP consists of 7 track including two pre-released singles "Lose My Cool" and "Way Back." While listening to both tracks, I immediately thought of my treks through H&M that could also fit the Forever 21 music theme. Lose My Cool is a mellow track with piano at the beginning and end of the track.

Sounds Like: 
Marian Hill
Sounds Like: 
Oh Wonder
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Roy Woods
Label: 
OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records

Nocturnal is a cohesive album that displays the music and artistry of Roy Woods that listeners love. The soft moody beats coincide with Roy Wood’s rapping. The lyrics vary from talking about sex, love, haters, and growing as an artist. However, he mostly talks about relationships or interactions with the opposite sex. His song “Love You”, gets really personal into a presumed breakup with the regret and sorrow that comes with it. Strong correlations can be made from Nocturnal to other Toronto artists like Drake and Tory Lanez.

Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Sounds Like: 
Tory Lanez
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Thundercat
Label: 
Brainfeeder

Drunk is Thundercat’s third studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Kamasi Washington
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

          Drake's "More Life" is a self-described "playlist," borrowing from genres such as afrobeat, Jamaican dance hall, r&b, and grime.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
Artist: 
Twiztid
Label: 
Majik Ninja Entertainment

As someone who had a childhood under the imposing figure of a self-proclaimed juggalo father, I've been more or less subject to listening to ICP, Twiztid, and most of Psychopathic Records for the majority of my early life. Not quite a pleasant experience, but in regards to this single, I'm glad for the past experience to draw from. As such, my first instinct when listening to this track was that it wasn't at all the Twiztid I knew.

Sounds Like: 
ICP
Sounds Like: 
Boondox
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Jacquees, Def Loaf
Label: 
Jacquees X Dej Loaf

          Dej Loaf and Jacquees have arrived as a duo with their mixtape "Fuck A Friend Zone." This 13 track mixtape is 40 minutes long, each song ranging from 2-3:30 minutes. Dej and Jacquees cover their bases in the hip-hop and r&b genre. The songs are very diverse and explore all areas of hip-hop and r&b but stick strictly to the two genres. The project begins with title track Fuck A Friend Zone, Jacquees and Dej Loaf sing about their feelings for each other referencing the growth in their careers.

Sounds Like: 
Jeremih
Sounds Like: 
TWENTY88
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
DJ Khaled ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z