Trap

Artist: 
A44
Label: 
Self-Released

"All In The Wrist" isn't that much different from any of the other auto-tuned, trap hip hop songs that release at ridiculous rate these days, but there's something about this song that keeps me coming back. A44 is a hip hop trio based in Virginia, and for what they lack in originality they make up for in charisma and personality. Over a thumping bass and rattling hi-hats, the group delivers lyrics referencing Kobe, Michael Jordan, and Allen Iverson, their jewelry, and other superlatives that paint a picture of their rising success and wealth.

Sounds Like: 
Travi$ Scott
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2016
Artist: 
2 Chainz
Label: 
Disturbing Tha Peace

This album is really urban & street like, based on the artist's point of view and lifestyle. Chainz is grinding hard talking about the streets and how he rocks it. He has one artist featuring on this mixtape, a collaboration with Lil Wayne. This album is an interesting story-telling mixtape. I recommend to DJs that like hardcore hip-hop music.

Sounds Like: 
Rich Gang
Sounds Like: 
Name: 
Mike Gonzalez.
Date Reviewed: 
02/05/2016
Artist: 
Keys N Krates
Label: 
Dim Mak

Get those triceps ready (http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/best-tricep-workouts this website can help you out) for some extensive trap arm sessions, because Canadian Trap masterminds Keys N Krates are back with their third EP off of Dim Mak Records, Midnite Mass.

Sounds Like: 
Flosstradamus
Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Name: 
Felipe
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2016
Artist: 
Major Lazer
Label: 
Mad Decent

Peace is the Mission (Extended Edition) was a great realease in this past month. Major Lazer resides in the odd subgenre of trap and reggaeton, which is a fusion of hip-hop, electronic, and reggae. The original edition put out hot tracks like Lean On, Night Rider, and Be Together. There is a good amount of soothing female vocals and reggae based electronic orchestration. Major Lazer does a good job of mixing in the electronic and acoustic components of the song, allowing the album to come together really well.

Sounds Like: 
Diplo
Sounds Like: 
Jack U
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
12/10/2015
Artist: 
Yellow Claw
Label: 
Mad Decent

Blood For Mercy is Yellow Claw’s best work hands down. There are so many bangers loaded in this 16-song album that it’s hard to pick favorites. This album shows how versatile Yellow Claw is, combining their signature Amsterdam-style trap with a range of genres like deep house on “We Made It” and reggae on “Wild Mustang” and “Bun It Up”. Although this album is mostly “turn up” music, there are some good softer hits, notably “Feel It”. What really makes this album stand out is the quality of vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Yellow Claw
Sounds Like: 
Flosstradamus
Sounds Like: 
Diplo
Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Name: 
Matthew Scheurman
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Robb Banks
Label: 
SS Records

This is definitely a radio friendly single, it starts with the minimalistic beeping beat and builds the bass/high hats in a way that makes you want to turn up immediately. It reminds me of don't like, because Banks goes through a list of ~kinds of people~ who he wants to back up from him (from his space, from his crew, etc). I don't think it ever reaches it's full potential, I think it could have bulit on the aggression and tense bass to have a more hard-hitting finish. Instead, it fades awy.

Sounds Like: 
vince staples x future
Sounds Like: 
chief keef
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2015
Artist: 
French Montana ft. Fetty Wap
Label: 
Coke Boys and Zoo Gang

I understand that this mixtape is a collaboration and that is just a preview of what the two rappers have together, but it left me feeling unsatisfied and wanting more. With your typical French Montana and Fetty Wap songs it wasn’t anything progressive or out of the blue. In fact, it was pretty typical. Hopefully whatever French Montana has up his sleeve is better. I enjoyed listening to these artists working together and the array of all the featured artists. The one artist I felt had no place in the album is Chris Brown.

Sounds Like: 
Fetty Wap
Sounds Like: 
French Montana
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2015
Artist: 
Young Thug
Label: 
1017 Bricksquad

1017's heavy hitter, Young Thug comes out with a new spiritual single, Raw. The echoing sample (not sure where it's from), has a cloudy, melodic feel to it making it a good song to kick back to. Thugger bring his melodic flow for this one and if I had to compare it to his other work I would have to say it sounds similar to Power. This new-age love song will speak to all Young Thug fans, passionate or savage. 

Sounds Like: 
Lil Wayne
Name: 
Yuji Miyaji
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2015
Artist: 
Anaughty
Label: 
Korp Records

Thee Instrumental (spelled so presumably to place emphasis on its supremacy over other instrumental albums) is an eight-track release from Atlanta-based DJ Anaughty that does a pretty good job at hyping up expectations. The piece of promotional literature praised Anaughty as channeling talents such as DJ Snake, DJ Khaled, S-Type, and Purity Ring... who, as some will be intimately familiar with, are essentially mutually exclusive.

Sounds Like: 
middle school GarageBand electronic
Sounds Like: 
DJ Khaled
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2015
Artist: 
Fetty Wap
Label: 
RGF Productions

Trap Queens and Remy Boyz - these are the phrases that have defined Fetty Wap in popular culture. However, with his latest release, Fetty Wap brings the number of songs he's released to 20 or more. These songs, while sounding very similar to "Trap Queen", "679", and "My Way", are somewhat different in subject. However, I often had a dificult time telling one song from the next. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy listening to the album - Fetty is always fun to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Fetty Wap
Name: 
Eric Newberry
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2015
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