R&B

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
Label: 
Epic

Appropriately released following the 2017 Grammy Awards, DJ Khaled surprised fans with a brand new track off his upcoming album...with fucking Beyoncé AND Jay Z. Despite speculation of a split between the couple and the fact that they haven't collaborated together since 2013, Khaled managed to get Bey and Jay to snatch us all with "Shining", a track about winning and prospering. 

Sounds Like: 
DJ Khaled
Sounds Like: 
Beyoncé
Sounds Like: 
Jay Z
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
BJ the Chicago Kid
Label: 
Motown

Bryan Sledge, professionally known as BJ the Chicago Kid, is honestly a very underrated artist. Although most people have probaby heard him on other artists' songs (Studio by ScHoolboy Q and F.U.B.U. by Solange are examples that come to mind), his own music deserves more recognition. A good mixture of soul and modern hip-hop beats, BJ the Chicago Kid has released a new single called "Roses", a little over a year after the release of his second album In My Mind.

Sounds Like: 
Miguel
Sounds Like: 
The-Dream
Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
Label: 
Slide

New music from Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Migos has everyone in a frenzy. While Calvin Harris puts out new music quite often this song is one of the more catchy and pop-y songs I've heard in awhile. I love this song for Frank Ocean, and its great to hear new music from him before a 6 year hiatus. If Ocean keeps this up all his fans will be very happy because Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean work very well together. Now, I have never heard Migos (I know, that's a problem - I'll fix it) before this but I really enjoyed their contribution to this song.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean & Migos
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
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