Trap

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
Artist: 
Curren$y
Label: 
Self-released

New Orleans rapper Curren$y may have released his fourth studio album Canal Street Confidential last year in 2015, but he has not slowed down since then. Ten mixtapes into 2016, his tenth release this year alone titled Andretti 10/30, is a continuation of Andretti 9/30. Most people would think that a rapper's sound may grow stale after releasing so many mixtapes in one year, and that may be both true and false. 

Sounds Like: 
Jet Life
Sounds Like: 
Dom Kennedy
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2016
Artist: 
Maybach Music Group
Label: 
Maybach Music Group

This album is alright. It could have went in a little harder, but overall is a great album, and you can tell there has been hardwork put into it. At the beginning it starts off really good at the start with some trap music with Young Dolph's, Checked, then later turns into some party music where it definately be used to hype up the vibes and then transition to smooth emotion type trap. It is overall a good album, sound quality is exquisite but has its moments where you can tell it be made even that much better with a little more effort.

Sounds Like: 
Young Dolph
Sounds Like: 
Rick Ross
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Meek Mill
Sounds Like: 
Wale
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
2 Chainz
Label: 
T.R.U. The Real University

In a time where so many rappers are simply releasing as much as they possibly can, sacrificing quality for quantity, 2 Chainz's new album Hibachi for Lunch, is refreshing in that it's short and sweet. This tape delivers 7 tracks with unique, hard-hitting beats, and that classic 2 Chainz flow that I personally love. There are tracks on here that have that new rap movement, Lil Yachty sound to them, like "Diamonds Talkin Back", but then there's also tracks that have that classic Southern trap sound to them, like "Doors Open".

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Lil Boat
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
The Game
Label: 
Blood Money & Entertainment One

         1992 is The Game's eighth studio album, released on October 14th, 2016. A Nigerian producer by the name of Bongo was the executive producer on this album, producing tracks such as I Grew Up On Wu-Tang and Savage Lifestyle. The 90's hip-hop vibe is captured by the samples, including Inner City Blues (Make Me Holler) by Marvin Gaye, Colors by Ice-T, C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan, and Back to life (However Do You Want Me) by Soul II Soul.

Sounds Like: 
Logic
Sounds Like: 
50 Cent
Sounds Like: 
Wale
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Records

Woptober is Gucci Mane’s 10th studio album and second project since being released from prison in May.

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