Trap

Artist: 
Max L Beats
Label: 
Self-Released

Max L Beats is a trap/rap producer and occasional rapper from northern New Jersey. At the young age of 19 Max L Beats (Max Laurenzi) has already accomplished much in the local New Jersey and Philadelphia music scene. Max originally was a staple of the local metalcore scene as the drummer of B.A.N.G. and later Cardinal of December. During his time in these hardcore groups Max became more and more involved in the production and engineering side of music.

Sounds Like: 
Buku
Sounds Like: 
Seven Lions
Name: 
Nick Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2016
Artist: 
Lil Uzi Vert & Gucci Mane
Label: 
Generation Now, GUWOP

Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane have come together to create the mixtape, 1017 vs. The World. Even though I'm a fan of both rappers, putting the two together is a bit off, considering they have different styles and certain beats suited Uzi more than Gucci or vice versa. The mixtape didn't feel like a collaboration at all but like a Lil Uzi Vert ft. Gucci Mane song then a Gucci ft. Uzi song. Some songs felt sloppier than others, which I understand is okay for a mixtape, but I guess I expected better from two of my favorites.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Mob
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
Artist: 
O.T. Genasis
Label: 
Atlantic Records

The one hit wonder is back and this time with his debut album. O.T. Genasis is most famous for his song "CoCo". The whole album is 100% trap. I loved the song "CoCo" so I thought I would give his album a chance. Overall I'd say that this album wasn't bad if you're a fan of trap. None of the songs on the album were "Coco" caliber but nonetheless still pretty good. The songs on the album basically consist of coming up with catchy phrases that are usually illegal then repeated over and over again with a trap beat. 

Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Sounds Like: 
Bobby Shmurda
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Jeezy
Label: 
Def Jam

Trap Or Die 3 is Jeezy’s seventh studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
T. I
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Gucci Mane & Future
Label: 
Self Released

Slowly and steady, this is how this album rolls. Just good solid flows and beats. Memorable producsers like Metroboomin, Zaytoven and Southside, all hit that sweet spot in making sure these beats hit hard. Perfect, solid, and tight instrumentals really help push Future and Gucci Mane to the top. These hard hitting tracks come with some interesting lyrics, very dark and sometimes gave me laugh. This can make anyone feel like a badass when they cruise to this music.

Sounds Like: 
2 Chains
Sounds Like: 
DJ Khaled
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2016
Artist: 
Kid Ink
Label: 
Self Released

Kid Ink brings his west coast hip hop vibes to a very chill, eastern sounding, playground. Producers, Sonny Digital and Murda Beatz, just to name a few, provide a very simple background of beats. The bass isn't heavy, the percussion is very light, gives a lot of room for Kid Ink and his features to really bring out their flow. Prominent rappers from the west include, King Los and Jermih, bring a wealth of good lines. These tracks are very poppy, super catchy harmonies, riding the Drake train in terms of flow organization and instrumentals.

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
YG
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2016
Artist: 
RL Grime, What So Not, Skrillex
Label: 
WeDidIt Records

The new collaborative track put out by Skrillex, RL Grime, and What So Not has much more than meets the eye. Upon first listen, there is a noticeable blend of the signature Skrillex aggressive sawtooth synth and the bouncing sirens of RL Grime. This sound is kind of drives the song and I think that it really brings these two signature sounds together well. The vocal distortions throughout sound more What So Not-esque and add some good dimension to the track.

Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2016
Artist: 
G-Unit
Label: 
G-Unit Records
Sounds Like: 
Old School G-unit
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Denzel Curry
Label: 
PH Recordings LLC

Denzel Curry's single Zenith Ft Joey Bada$$, comes off of Imperial (Curry's latest album). It is a great song. Certified banger. Denzel and Joey's collaboration create a beautiful symphony that is shown with the use of synth ans very limited drums. If i say so my self the atmospheres of the song create sort of an earie-trance sort of feel to it. Also, the bass also amplifies the feeling to make the seem as a sincere form originality. The choir sample in the backgrounds adds such a calming feel.

Sounds Like: 
Denzel Curry
Sounds Like: 
Joey Bada$$
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Zion I
Label: 
Mind Over Matter

     Zion I, aka Baba Zumbi's new album called The Labyrinth is a conscious rap album with personal, sociopolitical, and inspirational lyrics. The intro "Pre-Destine" and the outro "Departure" are recordings of Zumbi's two-year-oldson Kenji. Kenji had some kind words for his fathers listeners: "Hey people, don't hate. God will protect you. Focus on the good parts." The first two songs after the intro are Bangers! "What we Gone Do" is definitely a more trap oriented song.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
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