Trap

Artist: 
Gucci Mane ft. Travi$ Scott
Label: 
Atlantic

Gucci Mane mentioning the clone conspiracy surrounding him and calling himself "Gucci Mane Picasso" are some of the highlights of the new single from the Atlanta rapper. Travi$ Scott with a verse and controlling the chorus with his signature laid-back vocals maintains the chill vibe over the beat. As far as the beat is concerned, it's simplistic, formulaic, and repetitive. It sounds like every other trap beat so if you're looking for a song with original instrumentals, this isn't it. However, it's only this way to suit the song.

Sounds Like: 
Waka Flocka Flame
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Alli GIlbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2016
Artist: 
Slumberjack
Label: 
Mad Decent

BANGER ALERT! Over the course of their career, Slumberjack has released exceptionally unique trap-based music that will have your mind whirling in a trance. The duo's latest single, RA, is a recommended track by yours truly to play around people who you want to impress. I can't make any promises, but I know from experience that people will start movin' and groovin' the moment that first drop hits you straight in the face. This song is unbelievably dynamic, building with a dark, ambient, synth sound, and an intensity that may give you goosebumps.

Sounds Like: 
What So Not
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
A$AP Mob
Label: 
RCA Records

In 2016, A$AP Mob has released tons of new music every Wednesday as part of their Wavy Wednesday series. This particular 4 track tape contains the tracks, "Thumbin", "I Don't Care", "Goldie Mack (Snippet)", and "V Lone". These tracks feature A$AP Ant, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Marty, Playboi Carti, Uno The Activist, and Waka Flocka. If you're a fan of A$AP Mob, you'll enjoy these tracks as much as I did, as they all deliver that signature A$AP sound with eerie, spacious beats with hard hitting 808s and drums.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Sounds Like: 
Wake Flocka
Sounds Like: 
Flatbush Zombies
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Lox Chatterbox
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

Lox Chatterbox's How to Sell Your Soul is labeled as "alt-trap", but really is just trap run at a faster speed than most trap records, which is an idea this reviewer can get behind. Still, the instrumentals are overly dark and bottom-heavy, with little embellishment of the full audio range. Not an offensive listen, but it fails to register.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Grant L Williams
Date Reviewed: 
08/31/2016
Artist: 
Madentyo
Label: 
CMSN, GOOD MUSIC

These two songs were amazing. Madeintyo killed it with this original hit that I'm sure made Uber a small fortune. Right from the start of the song you already feel the urge to start partaking in some illicit activity. The fast tempo of both songs and catchy snare fit well with both sets of lyrics. I like the original song the most out of the two singles. I think you should play this song on your show!

Sounds Like: 
Big Sean, Travis Scott
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
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
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