Reggae

OMW

Artist: 
Gisto
Label: 
Historical Records

The Canadian-based rapper Gisto has recently come out with his 3rd album “OMW” and let me tell you, It’s pretty interesting. When you cue up the CD and listen to the first two tracks, you finally arrive to the third song titled “All by Myself”. This track blends together synthetic dub beats, drums, and a little bit of piano. It gives off this worldly vibe that is fairly interesting. All the songs on this album make it very hard to figure out what genre Gisto is trying to peruse.

Sounds Like: 
Damien Marley
Sounds Like: 
Juakali
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
SOJA
Label: 
ATO Records, LLC

If I do say so myself, I admit I’ve been off my game as a fellow CD reviewer of KAMP Student Radio. However, I figured doubling up on genres that I enjoy (one of which being this CD review of SOJA: Poetry in Motion being a world-jazz selection) would get me back into the groove of things.

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I really couldn't put my finger on it even if I had to
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2018
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
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