Trap

Artist: 
A$AP Ferg
Label: 
Polo Grounds

This is one of the lead singles off of A$AP Ferg’s debut project, Trap Lord, and as the album name suggests, this song is very “trappy”. In terms of trap rappers, Ferg is as talented lyrically as it gets, and he flows quite well over the horns and hard hitting bass that comprise this song’s beat. A$AP Rocky also adds an enjoyable and catchy verse, and after hearing the hook one time, you’ll be singing along with it for the rest of the song. This is definitely one of the songs you play to get hyped before you go out on a Friday night, and isn’t really good for much else.

Sounds Like: 
Waka Flocka Flame
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky
Name: 
DJ Sutton
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2013
Artist: 
Paper Diamond
Label: 
Mad Decent

Paragon is a fun experimental electronic album. This album covers a lot ground pulling from many different genres such as dubstep, electro house, house, funk, moombahton, trap, and some hip hop. It's impossible to define Paper Diamond's sound because it is so versatile. I like the feel of the album and the flow from track to track; the album starts off slow but builds into head banging beats by the end. I think the album is a huge success for Paper Diamond. It makes me want to get on the dance floor and bust a move. My favorite track is Track 04 titled Jus Like Clockwork featuring Cherub.

Sounds Like: 
Paul Basic
Sounds Like: 
Break Science
Name: 
McKenzie Storey
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2013
Artist: 
Major Lazer
Label: 
Mad Decent

This mixtape was put together and put out after it was announced that Major Lazer's highly-anticipated full-length LP Free the Universe wasn't coming out on schedule. The intention I think was to keep fans' heads bobbing, keep them happy while waiting, but this release ends up intensifying or amplifying if you will the anticipation for that full-length LP.

Sounds Like: 
hot chip
Sounds Like: 
jack beats
Sounds Like: 
the dominican jungle
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2013
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
1017 Brick Squad

A funny thing happened when I listened to the new Gucci. This mixtape makes me want to eat. That's not a euphemism for anything. When I first played this, I went to the kitchen and cooked myself a big pot of fetuccine alfredo and wolfed it all down. Trap God 2 is dumb, thoughtless, and awful. And I wouldn't have it any other way. It's too bad nothing on the album is airable though.

Sounds Like: 
Waka Flocka Flame
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2013
Artist: 
The Postal Service
Label: 
Teenage Riot Records

This remix is built around the opening electronic riff of "Such Great Heights." It's very bass-heavy. It gave me a good impression at first, but upon a second listen, it's getting pretty repetitive and stale. It doesn't really go anywhere and really could have been executed a lot better.

Sounds Like: 
Ookay
Sounds Like: 
boyinabanddotcom
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2013
Artist: 
K Theory
Label: 
K Theory Music

Trap music lovers rejoice, here is the jam for the month. Sporting the simple lyrics of "Girl he geeked up", this song has an insane beat with full-depth audio. The bass adds a lot of value to this song, and the variation of the beat throughout this single really makes it addicting. For those looking for the best in trap, this is where it is at. K Theory has a hit on their hands with this song.

Sounds Like: 
Bro Safari
Sounds Like: 
DJ Craze
Name: 
Scott Buscemi
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2012

XO

Artist: 
Flosstradamus
Label: 
Self-Released

Chicago bros at it again redefining the sub-genre they helped bring back. This three-song EP, the third in Flosstradamus's X series, is just as trappy as their more recent remixes or that Live for the Funk mix they put out this past summer, but it's darker and slicker and more reminiscent of like Amsterdam than Atlanta. That is, it's not as slowed and throwed or hip-hop influenced as, say, that "Test Me" song; there are a lot more 90s European hardstyle type sounds on this EP. At first it's a little unnerving and generic, like they didn't try that hard.

Sounds Like: 
Headhunterz
Sounds Like: 
Diplo
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2012
Artist: 
Hardwell
Label: 
Independent

DJ Carnage gives Hardwell's Spaceman the trap treatment. This seems to be the next wave in electronic remixes following that whole dubstep thing. This song hits. Words like "massive" and "epic" and "huge" get thrown around in other reviews, but I'll leave that to the listener to decide. Great song for when you want something to hit a little. Some not-so-subtle build ups lead to medium-sized drops and then it gets extra trappy. Although still a little dub step-esque, this remix is a nice change of pace from the regular flow of dubstep remixes of everything. Enjoy.

Sounds Like: 
ƱZ
Sounds Like: 
Luminox
Name: 
Michael DiGiacomo
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2012
Artist: 
Freddie Gibbs
Label: 
CTE World

The highly-anticipated Gangsta Grillz mixtape, Baby Face Killa, is another proof of Freddie Gibbs’ continued supremacy in the rap game. Throughout the album, his verses make their guest-spot counterparts seem painfully amateurish. I’ve often wondered why Gibbs goes for so many guest verses on his otherwise immaculate tracks, and the only explanation I can come up with is that he views it as his public service to the industry.

Sounds Like: 
2Pac
Sounds Like: 
Young Jeezy
Sounds Like: 
DJ Drama stuff
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2012