Trap

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
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