Trap

Artist: 
San Holo
Label: 
bitbird

             If you listen to EDM and don’t live under a rock you’ve most likely heard San Holo’s heaven trap anthem “Light.” The song is both musically and lyrically beautiful. With a refrain of “Even if it makes me blind, I just want to see the light” and a classic San Holo drop, the song is a banger that spans a very large variety of edm genres (thus the term heaven trap). Both bassheads and tranceheads can agree that “Light” is an amazing song.

Sounds Like: 
Jacoo
Sounds Like: 
G Jones
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2017
Artist: 
Trinidad James
Label: 
Gold Gang Records

Trinidad James is a Trinidad-born American rapper best known for "All Gold Everything" and most recently for his collaboration with Lil Dicky on "Just a Lil' Thick". Despite only having a few standout tracks, James has had considerable success over the past few years. While I do love his unique delivery, and overall just enjoy his bigger hits, his new album, "The Wake Up 2" was a pretty big let down for me. One thing I will give this album is that it's an interesting little compilation of music. James brings us many different sounds in just 9 songs.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg (but way worse)
Sounds Like: 
Migos (but way worse)
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2017
Artist: 
Post Malone
Label: 
Republic Records

     Post Malone's debut album "Stoney" is a prime example of how an album should work. Everyone has that one artist that had a string of great singles that made you super excited for the album, then the album came out and it was liquid ass. You won't be disappointed with this album. I'm not saying the music is best, but If you liked his singles, than you will like the majority of this album. Post played it safe with this album; almost every song on this album sounds similar to his singles. Here, I'll make it easy for you...

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
D.R.A.M.
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2017
Artist: 
Madeintyo
Label: 
Private Club Records

Madeintyo, the one that most people know for "Uber Everywhere", can't seem to find his own style in "Thank You, Mr. Tokyo". The entire album sounds like a Rae Sremmurd and Lil Uzi Vert knockoff. What I mean is that the album is good but I think Madeintyo played it incredibly safe by playing off of other people's styles that he knows works. "Taking It Back" is good but it sounds so much like a Rae Sremmurd song mixed with Lil Uzi Vert. It doesn't sound original so it depends on what you're looking for.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert (Madeintyo's "yuh" is like Uzi's "yeah")
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
Artist: 
Run the Jewels
Label: 
Run The Jewels, Inc.

Adding a third album to their repertoire, the iconic duo Run the Jewels has released Run the Jewels 3. Although the style of the music is still the same intense and rebellious style they've had throughout the other albums, the lyrics in this album are darker compared to its predecessors. For example, "2100" is an apocalyptic prediction of 2100. In one of Killer Mike's parts, he mentions how he refuses "to kill another human being in the name of the government", nuclear war, and molotovs. BOOTS sings eerily, "Save my swollen heart.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Mob
Sounds Like: 
Ghostface Killah
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2017
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