Reggae

Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 songs: Ziggy, Damien, Stephen (In order of what which artist sounded most similar to what I was hearing on this album with both the vocals and background music. Not in order of when these songs were actually born. Mind you.
Sounds Like: 
2Pac Storyteller Rhyming
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
Marvin Gaye
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 sons: Ziggy, Damien, and Stephen (In that order of similar sounding background music and vocals. Not in order of when they were born mind you)
Sounds Like: 
2Pac storyteller rhymes
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Thievery Corporation
Label: 
ESL Music

This album was recorded during a period where the band was staying in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and it immediately shows. This is a standard Thievery Corporation album with heavy reggae influences. The Temple of I and I has the same Thievery Corporaiton loungey ambiance of their prior records, and the dancehall influences make this overwhelmingly chill. If you are a Thievery Corporation fan, you will like this record. Newcomers will probably enjoy it as well, as it is more accessible than some of their prior work.

Sounds Like: 
Beats Antique
Sounds Like: 
STS9
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2017
Artist: 
Krooked Treez
Label: 
BNV Productions

What happens when you put Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Sid of Slipknot, and Karim of Arise Roots? You get the amazingness that is Militant Soldier with Krooked Treez. I'm not sure how they assembled this peculiar group of people for a track, but works all to well. It opens with a very classic hip-hop beat, resembling the work of Cypress Hill. The steady brass in the beat works very nicely with the drums. Karim from Arise Roots starts off with a nice reggae sing-sound in the track. The whole track is very high energy, classic, and just dope.

Sounds Like: 
Cypress Hill
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
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: 
RiFF RAFF
Label: 
Neon Nation Corporation

In all honesty, I had always heard of RiFF RAFF, but never really heard his music before... asides some of Lil Debbie's songs in which he is featured in. He's also someone that I never knew was meant to be taken seriously, or just turn your brain off and listen to his music. With two studio albums and a plethora of mixtapes under his belt, RiFF RAFF's nineteenth mixtape titled Aquaberry Aquarius actually managed to blow away my expectations of both his music, and my perception of him as an artist.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Debbie
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Thievery Corporation
Label: 
ESL Music

This release is a compliation of singles from Thievery Corporation's eagerly anticipated new album, The Temple of I & I. I am mainly familiar with Thievery Corporation's live sets, so it was interesting to see how they express themselves through a studio release. The two singles heavily incoporated reggae and reggaeton themes, and upon further inspection I found out that the album was recorded in Jamaica. While I enjoyed each of the songs, the release did not quite capture the same energy and exploration that accompanies their live show.

Sounds Like: 
Beats Antique
Sounds Like: 
Tycho
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2017
Artist: 
Negro Galacticus
Label: 
Self-Released

Negro Galacticus calls their music Afropunk, and if you overthink things like me, that might be a confusing term. I'd heard the term before (off the top of my head, from the movie Dope), and I always assumed that it meant something like a combination of Punk and Afrobeat, which led me to being confused when I actually heard it since it sounds nothing like that.

Sounds Like: 
WHY?
Sounds Like: 
Das Racist
Sounds Like: 
De La Soul
Sounds Like: 
Barr
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2016
Artist: 
Spiritual Rez
Label: 
Spiritual Rez - Self Produced

 Self described as a Reggae funk dance experience" Spiritual Rez's album Setting in the West was self produced, originating in Maryland, and clealry taking influence from Reggae bands like The Green, Pepper and Iration. Track 4 exemplies this with the metaphor of a girl being a "ticking time bomb" which is alos a song by Iration and a theme in US / western reggae. This is definetly light hearted, party, dance reggae.

Sounds Like: 
The Green
Sounds Like: 
Pepper, Iration, Sublime
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2016
Artist: 
Locos Por Juan
Label: 
Universal Music

A Caribbean, Hip Hop Reggae Latin Dance Album. Super Soulful multi-lingual jam band. Really beautifully composed mixture of rap lyrics, drums, electronically enhanced keyboard and synths, sax, trombone and more. There are three different mixers so the album has a variety of vibes and sounds which go from traditional Caribbean style dance music to classic Jamaican reggae, rap and hip hop and then newer reggae like the California style reggae (such as slightly stupid or sublime ). If you like Damien Marely, Pepper, Iration, or The green you should check out this album.

Sounds Like: 
Damien Marley & Nas
Sounds Like: 
Iration
Name: 
Aidan Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
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