R&B

Artist: 
J.I.D.
Label: 
Interscope Records

The Never Story by Atlanta rapper J. I. D. (Destin Route) is interesting to say the least. After a slew of singles, J.I.D. decided that it was time to make his first full length album. For someone who has never previously heard of this Atlanta rapper before, I feel as if The Never Story was a great introduction to Route’s interesting rap style. Route’s vocals vary from track to track, but usually he raps in an odd higher pitch voice which can be compared to Kendrick Lamar’s vocals in the back half of the insanely popular track “m.A.A.d city”.

Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Everything is Recorded
Label: 
XL Records

Occasionally I will get into a mood where nothing and everything sounds good to listen to. If you are feeling like that and you want to listen to a little bit of everything, this album is for you.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Chance The Rapper
Name: 
Aubrie Buechting
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2018
Artist: 
Luke James
Label: 
Island Records

This single is really catchy with a funky, jazz, r&b feel. This is my first time listening to Luke James, and his voice is pleasantly smoother and higher than I expected. His voice is accompanied by a steady drum beat and electric guitar in the background. My favorite part is the second verse, where the vocals speeds up a little and you hear Luke James hit some pretty high notes with the accompanying vocals. It's followed by the long and almost dragged out hook that's repeated throughout the song.

Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Weeknd, and more
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Black Panther was an amazing movie, and this is the perfect album to be part of its soundtrack. Songs like Opps with Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok take me back to the intense car chase scene where you can see all the impressive technology of Wakanda put into action. Big names like Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and SZA are heard in the soundtrack, amazing as always. All the tracks are really catchy, classic hip hop tracks with solid vocals. Some of them have beats in the background that embrace the sound of African drums, channeling the culture displayed in the film.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Vince Staples
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Weekend, etc.
Label: 
TDE

Black Panther hit theaters two weeks ago and amazed audiences everywhere. Not only do I think this is one of Marvel’s best movies to date, but the cast is incredible and really carries this powerful story about hardship, family, and fighting for what you believe in. I could write about this movie for hours, but that is not what this review is about. This is the review for Black Panther: The Album

 

Sounds Like: 
Black Hippy
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Josie Dunne
Label: 
Atlantic

"Shows up when he said he would with flowers in his hand, chivalry ain't dead / While everybody seems to be looking at a phone screen, he's looking at me" sings aspiring singer-songwriter Josie Dunne on her new single "Old School". Billboard Magazine recently wrote an article about the 21-year old upcoming artist, a sweet artist who combines the catchiness of modern pop music with the soul of motown inspired R&B. On her debut single "Old School", Dunne showcases a kind of sweetness and pure picture of love that can be hard to find.

Sounds Like: 
Adele
Sounds Like: 
Dua Lipa
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monáe
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2018
Artist: 
Chrome Sparks
Label: 
Future Classic, Caroline Distribution

The beginning of this track begins high energy and sounds like the love child of soft 80's synth pop rock and the opening instrumentation of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy". The beat drops and Angelica Bess's vocals flood in, triggering an increase in tempo and a fresh inclusion of R&B vibes sonically; before an upbeat instrumental breakdown. The lyrics and brief, simple, and repetitive, but perfectly match the playfully melodic beat as well as Angelica's sweetly soulful voice.

Sounds Like: 
Angelica Bess
Sounds Like: 
XXYYXX
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Langston Francis
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment

“Fckd it Up” is a pretty typical, sad R&B song. I like it. Langston Francis, the artist, is 16 and from Toronto. Hip hop, electronica and jazz all influenced his music. The beat is pretty simple, and the vocals are heavy, but Langston Francis has a pretty alright voice. Also, I think he has a lot of potential. Although some of his lyrics are cliché, he does a good job making fitting them to the rhythm, and they care creative in parts. It’s a pretty chill, slow song.

Sounds Like: 
Corbin
Sounds Like: 
Bryce Vine
Sounds Like: 
GOLDN
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Luke James
Label: 
Island Records

Luke James's single "Drip" is another part of the funk/R&B revival we've been seeing at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018. My immediate thought when I started playing "Drip" was Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!" because of the high-pitched singing, the funky bassline, and the slow beat. The song is chill, without many moments where the song picks up. This makes the song easy to play when you're studying or just hanging out, letting it play in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!" is incredibly similar to "Drip"
Sounds Like: 
Funkadelic - Maybe not as funky, more chill than Funkadelic
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
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
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