Trap

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
Artist: 
Hermitude
Label: 
Elefant Traks

Herimitude's newly released album Dark Night Sweet Light is a electronic, synth heavy, and bass booming piece of dynamic work. The opening tracks "Hijinx" and "Through the Roof" are examples of the different styles that Hermitude is able to pull off with ease. Hijinx relies on the simple snare beat and the synths to drive the rhythm, however gets more creative and experimental in the middle of song.

Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
Chet Faker
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2015
Artist: 
Jha Marie
Label: 
Boss Big Entertainment

Bad Chick is a banger! Much like Nicki Minaj's ~infamous~ Anaconda, Jha Marie talks about empowering women of all body types. It's a pretty classic dance song, with the trap-ish synths and bass that dominated the radio when I was in 8th grade (so 5, 6 years ago?). I like Jha Marie's flow and aggression, and I thought it all meshed well together. Bad Chick is really radio friendly and expertly cleaned soooo what are you waiting for? 

Sounds Like: 
t-pain, production wise
Sounds Like: 
katie got bands - bravado-filled, dance-able
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2015
Artist: 
DonMonique
Label: 
n/a

I read about DonMonique in Vice or something. They were talking about how she is killing the game in the male dominated Brooklyn rap scene so I was like let me check this lady out. And -- as embarassing as this is -- Vice was totally right! Thirst Trap by DonMonique is pretty dominating. Listening to this EP is like swimming a backyard pool on a late june day in phoenix: lazy and luxurious, but you know if you didn't have this light blue water surrounding you, the sun would probably dehydrate you to death.

Sounds Like: 
a little like kendrick in the terse. creative, bass heavy production
Sounds Like: 
kinda like action bronson? somehow? less growly/yelly but similarly aggressive
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2015
Artist: 
Rihanna
Label: 
Roc Nation / Rihanna

 I've always been here for Rihanna, but I really like what this single means for the way her sound is ~hopefully~ going, which is in a more rap direction. And she says that she wants to do more authentic music so that's pretty exciting. Her voice has always been an interesting mixture of melodic and abrasive and she really uses the abrasiveness to her advantage in this trap-ish banger. It's consistently compared to Pour It Up, and with good reason. However, it has more grit and less luxury, which I like a lot.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
Travi$ Scot
Sounds Like: 
Pour It Up
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2015
Artist: 
Jack Ü
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

At first, there were truly no words I could use to describe the absolutely immensity of this collaboration. Two of the biggest names in EDM, coming together to make an album? What??? To say the least, I was hyped. Jack Ü started with a highly praised single, Take Ü There, featuring recent vocal phenomenon Kiesza. It was a trap masterpiece, and make everyone way too impatient for more. The single also marked the birth of "Ü", the U-umlaut that makes the brand of Jack Ü unmissable.

Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Sounds Like: 
Diplo
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2015