Trap

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.

Sounds Like: 
T.I.
Sounds Like: 
Jeezy
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment / Cash Money Records / Republic Records

If you thought that Drake was going to be done for the year after releasing the highly successful chart-topper Views from earlier this year, man were you wrong.

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2016
Artist: 
Pusher
Label: 
Black Butter Records

Pusher is a DJ producer who has recently made some waves in the clubs of Toronto with some stellar productions and remixes. In his new work, New Laces EP, Pusher puts forth an amazing set of great tunes. His sound is familiar, yet unique. It's pretty, but hits hard. Let me explain. In the world of EDM, future bass is absolutely taking over and many DJs and Producers are diving into this genre, and following the same general mold. There's something about Pusher's take on Future Bass in this EP that is so refreshing.

Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
Wave Racer
Sounds Like: 
Mura Masa
Sounds Like: 
Giraffage
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Soulja Boy
Label: 
Stacks On Deck Entertainment Group

Soulja Boy is a rapper out of Atlanta who gained lots of fame through his hits like Crank That, Kiss Me Thru the Phone, and Pretty Boy Swag. Let me preface this review by saying that I really enjoyed Soulja Boy's music earlier in his career. That being said, this isn't just the worst rap album I have heard in a long time, maybe ever. This is the worst album in general that I have heard in a good while. First of all, the songs are unoriginal and uninspired. The beats are more bland than Life cereal.

Sounds Like: 
That Guy at the Mall who's always trying to sell you his mixtape
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Tory Lanez
Label: 
Mad Love/Interscope Records

                    This album showcases Tory Lanez' versatility as an aritst, it is cruicial to showcase musical range as this is Lanez' debut album. The album begins with I Told You/ Another One, a trap song, definatley a banger! The pace slows down with Guns And Roses, Flex, Friends With Benefits, Say It, 4am Flex, and Cold Hard Love. The songs are mid-tempo with soft vocals. Not bangers, but kickback friendly.

Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Rich Chigga
Label: 
CXSHXNLY

This up and coming Indonesian rap star may look silly in his stereotypical dad outfit, fanny pack included, but don’t underestimate the talent of this 17-year-old. With a shockingly low voice, Rich Chigga coolly raps over infectious trap-influenced beats on “Dat $tick”, the remix of it, and “Who That Be.” Most of the lyrics on his songs are the usual rap lyrics, such as being a gangster, in the club, or the best and having women.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert - Beats only, Dat $tick sounds similar but darker compared to "Money Longer"
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane - Flow is incredibly similar with that nonchalant, low voice to them
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2016
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