Trap

Artist: 
Vincent
Label: 
Self-Released

Vincent, a Phoenix-born up and coming artist debuted his 4 new singles, consisting of 2 originals and 2 remixes. Within these tracks Vincent shows his versatile taste and unique musicality, first with his orginial "Her" featuring his beautiful wife singing. "Only," his second original, has the classic Vincent suond that one would recognize, with a strong build and even stronger drop. Alike his originals, Vincent's remixes are nothing less than extraordinary.

Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Sounds Like: 
Baauer
Name: 
Kyah Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2016
Artist: 
Kevin Gates
Label: 
Atlantic records

The album was very interesting, I never listened to Kevin Gates before, he's a new face to the rap game for me. Overall, I found it to be very diverse. Kevin does a great job really capturing the perfect beat for his songs. He has a different style in his beats, they kind of sound like they have an EDM hint in them. It's sounds like the sterotypical rap album to be honest. Vocals are always are to understand but regardless it makes you want to trap out

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Wiz Kahlifa
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2016
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
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