Trap

Artist: 
DROELOE
Label: 
bitbird

DROELOE commands the floor with their newest, assertive single "BACKBONE". The song starts off in a melancholy, minimalist soundscape that is effectively backed up by Nevve's lyrics about being left behind. Then, at the drop of the dime, her voice shifts into a more enthusiastic tone as if to say "f*** that." Not long after, the track abandons the minimalist tone of the intro in favor for a warm, complex chorus. One could say that the track grew its own backbone, showing the world all that it has to offer.

Sounds Like: 
Cashmere Cat
Sounds Like: 
WRLD
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2018
Artist: 
Louis The Child and Whethan
Label: 
Louis the Child and Whethan

The Honey EP, a collaboration between Louis the Child and Whethan is super sweet. The EP has six tracks- all completely instrumental. Billboard described them as ‘zippery’ and I think that is pretty accurate. All of the songs are very feel-good, but not in a cheesy way. The bass is not house, but the songs are not super crazy club-like either. They are perfect for anytime honestly. I never really could get into EDM without lyrics, but this stuff I can jam to. My favorites would be “Chop it Up” and “Drip Drip”. These two are funky.

Sounds Like: 
San Holo
Sounds Like: 
NGHTMRE
Sounds Like: 
Vanic
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2018
Artist: 
Louis The Child & Whethan
Label: 
Louis The Child & Whethan

This collab between Louis The Child and Whethan is an instrumental mixtape without any vocals. Although it does feel a little lacking at times, is it by no means a boring EP. The hard-hitting beats, elements of trap, and future bass make the songs easy to move to. "Tengo Mas" has kind of a salsa feel to it, while the others are a mix of different, experimental sounds. Most of the songs are pretty busy, but they're not too intense. My favorite is "Synths with Bangs", which constrasts sharp, steady hits with a soft hum in the background. 

Sounds Like: 
NGHTMRE
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2018
Artist: 
San Holo
Label: 
Columbia Records

         If I had to describe this track in the simplest of ways, I would say that it is delightfully playful like a Marshmello song. It is dead on similar with regards to the beat construction, so much so that I swear I thought I was about to hear the song "Alone" when I got to the midpoint of this track. It has a nice easy going and steady build combined with a all out I want to jump up and down drop. As I am an aspiring Mobile DJ, this is the stuff that gets me pumped like no tomorrow.

Sounds Like: 
Marshmello
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Records
Sounds Like: 
ATL
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
Artist: 
Young Thug & Carnage
Label: 
YSL/300/Heavyweight

Meet Young Thug – one of hip-hop’s most ambitious and norm-bending rapper’s in the game at this current moment. Meet Carnage – a Guatemalan producer who makes weird yet interesting beats and is soon to blow up at any moment. The pair had been teasing a collaboration together for quite some time before the release of their collaborative EP titled Young Martha.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Sounds Like: 
Travi$ Scott
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Lil Pump
Label: 
Self-Released

Lil Pump’s self-titled mixtape has been all the buzz in the hip-hop scene recently. Although the beats sound distorted, bass-heavy, and basic, Lil Pump’s voice is of a medium frequency and has a youthful tone. (Lil Pump is 17). Some of the songs off of the mixtape, even the most popular ones like “Gucci Gang”, originally premiered on his SoundCloud. This logically explains the lack of production value on the album.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty - Both "lil" and both rely on repetition and good hooks to carry a song
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz - Featured on "Iced Out" and most beats have a similar tone
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
BINGX
Label: 
AVJ Records

        From the very get-go he  sounds a lot like Drake (vocal-inflection wise).

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Usher
Sounds Like: 
Singer singing/rapping about "The One Who Got A Way"
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017
Artist: 
A$AP Mob
Label: 
RCA Records

Don't let the album artwork and features fool you! Although A$AP Mob tries desperately to be like one of the old school greats like N.W.A., Run DMC, etc., A$AP Mob has once again fallen short. Not to say I didn't enjoy Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 but let's just say that Vol 2. is similar in the fact that the mixtape is nothing that will leave you astounded by the skill of the group. I was so excited for this mixtape after reading the list of features. I thought, "Aw man, A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, and Jaden Smith on a track together?!

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky - obviously since he is one of the prominent members of A$AP Mob. Mumble rap and darker beats
Sounds Like: 
Playboi Carti - On many of the hooks. Chanting hooks and sometimes high energy
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Ekali and Denzel Curry, Josh Pan & X&G, Skrillex and Ronny J, Sober Rob and Oshi
Label: 
OWSLA

This album "Babylon Remixes" has three remixes by Josh Pan and X&G, Skrillex and Ronnie J, and also Sober Rob and Oshi, with the original track "Babylon" coming from Ekali featuring rapper Denzel Curry. The original track showcases Ekali's trap side, versatility, and ability to collaborate with use of percussion and arrangement of Denzel Curry's textured bars. 

Sounds Like: 
Mura Masa
Sounds Like: 
Hood Boi
Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Sounds Like: 
Joey Bada$$
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
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