Alternative Hip Hop

Artist: 
Shabazz Palaces
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

    In the year 3008, as the cyborg giraffe people begin to uncover artifacts of the Trumpeozoic Era, they will come across this album and state, “Damn, this shit poppin”.

    This album is on some futuristic hip hop shit. It’s the companion album to Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star detailing the story of the space traveler Quazarz.

Sounds Like: 
JJ Doom
Sounds Like: 
Gonjasufi
Sounds Like: 
Gonjasufi
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Thundercat
Label: 
Brainfeeder

Drunk is Thundercat’s third studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Kamasi Washington
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Elaquent
Label: 
Urbnet communications inc

  "Worst Case Scenario" is a primarily an instrumental album. ( The exceptions being track 3, 5, 8, and 11 ) and even the exceptions are kept to a minimal amount of verbal input, just a few lines repeated on a loop. The mood of the whole album is ambient and chill, calm and contemplative. The album is perfect study music, long drive music, and absolutely perfect to do some improve free styles over if your into slamming and rapping.

Sounds Like: 
Apollo Brown's album "Clouds"
Sounds Like: 
Bonobo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Vision That
Label: 
Vision That Entertainment

Tucson-based Vision That's mixtape demonstrates Vision That's (Renk Remy and Zee) variety of skills in hip-hop music production. The mixtape is literally a mix which is refreshing since most rappers stick to one type of sound and that's it. There's a total of 16 tracks and most of them sound pretty different compared to each other both in terms of beat and rap. Track 1 starts out with a beat that immediately had me nodding my head followed with charismatic rapping that really had me relating the ambition Zee has.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Pusha T
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean (when they sing-rap)
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
Gonjasufi
Label: 
Warp Records

Nineteen tracks long, this American yoga teacher describes his desire to endure the pain and hate of life. Not out of nihilism or defeat, but like the album title, to grow and adapt with thick skin. Harrowing, moody, and hazy, Gonjasufi uses his screechy voice to give life to the fuzz and reverb. 

Sounds Like: 
The Gaslamp Killer
Sounds Like: 
King Midas Sound
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Rae Sremmurd
Label: 
EarDruma

Rae Sremmurd, the iconic Atlanta-based duo known for their simple, upbeat songs like "Throw Sum Mo" or "No Flex Zone," verge more into the dark side of their music compared to their debut album, SremmLife, in the sequel, SremmLife 2. Like SremmLife, one-liners and repetitive choruses dominate most of the lyrics with bass as the main focus for the instrumental. However, in SremmLife 2, there are less of the upbeat songs that most people know them for.

Sounds Like: 
O.T Genasis
Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Juicy J
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2016
Artist: 
Roots Manuva
Label: 
Ninja Tune

Roots Manuva is an English rapper and producer. On the Album, Bleeds, the English rapper tries his best to make some good music. But here in America, we've been blessed with some of the best rappers so it's hard to expect anyone to come close. With that being said, this album was not good. Roots Manuva does not have an appealing rap voice. I really liked the beats on the album, they sounded amazing. It's a shame that the amazing beats were followed with (excuse my bluntness) an annoying voice.

Sounds Like: 
TY
Sounds Like: 
The Herbaliser
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Fudge
Label: 
Lex Records

Two unlikely forces come together to make Lady Parts, it's not God and biology though. It's Preface 73 and Michael Christmas! Producer Preface 73 and his eccentric genres of remixes come together with the witty, fun Soundcloud-made-famous 22-year old Michael Christmas. In collaboration mode, these solo acts are in some songs two wrong puzzle pieces trying to fit together like in "All Points South" ft. D.R.A.M. Though Christmas' personality still punches through his bars.

Sounds Like: 
Alex Wiley
Sounds Like: 
Kirk Knight
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
Nappy Roots
Label: 
Nappy Roots Entertainment Group

This album is a compilation of those songs you keep in your ipod even though you don't really listen to them. However, when they come on randomly, you don't skip it. In general, the album was very... nice. Other than Window, the album was just a little boring to me. It wasn't bad though, just could have had more of... something. 

Sounds Like: 
flatbush zombies
Sounds Like: 
Earl Sweatshirt
Name: 
Bree Gonzalez
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2015