Rap

Artist: 
Migos
Label: 
Quality Control Music

Unfortunately, Culture II is not as great as Culture. While absolutely jam packed with new music, the new album did not live up to expectations. The album itself was a crazy 1 hour and 45 minutes in length, and its length contributed to its downfall. Sometimes it is best to just keep some ideas to oneself instead of trying to cram them all into one alub. Songs were too long and somewhat annoying, and after a hit like "Bad and Boujee," that still is a great bump, the tracks on Culture II were mostly disappointing and unoriginal.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
21 Savage
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
SonReal
Label: 
Black Box Recordings, Inc.

Sometimes you come across music that is incredibly meaningful because you relate to it and can feel the emotion the singer or rapper put into creating it. It makes a beautiful song and one you can listen to a lot and never get tired of. This is the kind of music SonReal makes. First of all, the beats in every song match perfectly with what he is rapping about. Not only can he rap, but he also has a voice that is melodic and soothing. If he is rapping about something personal, then the sound is smooth and soft with slow beats or acousitc guitars.

Sounds Like: 
Hoodie Allen
Sounds Like: 
Grieves
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Carnage ft. Mac Miller and MadeinTYO
Label: 
Heavyweight Records

For starters, this single has a lot of oohs and skrrt skrrts. There's a bagpipe sound in the background that weirdly yet fittingly accompanies the classic hip hop beat. MadeinTYO builds up the track with a hook made of short lines and various oohs, yeahs, and skrrts. This song is pretty short, just making it to 2 minutes long. The unique instrumental is solidified by Mac Miller's rap verses. As always, he is very easy to listen to and makes this track all the more catchy. 

Sounds Like: 
Marshvll
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Carnage (feat. MAC MILLER & MadeinTYO)
Label: 
Heavyweight Records

This has nothing to do with the sound of the album, but I just wanted to say that I love the little dog on the albvum cover. Okay, now onto the real stuff. A bit about the artist. Carnage is an American House and Trap DJ as well as a producer from Los Angeles. He is making a name for himself in the EDM world by collaborating with big artists such as (as we see here) MADEINTYO and Mac Miller. He fell in love with EDM while still in high school and most of his influences include artists such as Alpha Twins and Dutch maestros Headhunterz.

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Sounds Like: 
R.L. Grime
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2018
Artist: 
Grand Analog
Label: 
self produced

The Group Grand Analog, self referred to as “beat junkies” drops what can only be described as audio gold into the year 2018. 

Sounds Like: 
De La Soul
Sounds Like: 
The Cool Kids,
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
03/14/2018
Artist: 
Keys N Krates
Label: 
Dim Mak Records

Keys N Krates is a Canadian electronic music group who have made waves in the electronic music scene with trap staples like Dum Dee Dum and I Just Can't Deny. They continue to develop their unique style within trap with the release of three singles from their new album Cura. These singles include Flute Loop (ft. Ouici), Do What U Do, and My Night (ft. 070 Shake). The first single, Flute Loop, opens with a very melodic marimba sounding loop that reminds me of XO TOUR Llif3. This leads directly into a very flute heavy trap style drop that goes very hard.

Sounds Like: 
Baauer
Sounds Like: 
XXXTentacion
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Rae Sremmurd
Label: 
Eardruma Records/Interscope Records

"T'd Up" is the first single that was released off Rae Sremmurd's newest and longest project, thus far, aka SR3MM. Their newest album is said to be a "three-disc set" which combines Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi's solo projects along with an album featuring the duo. Their decision to release this single as a preview of the whole album may not have been the greatest of ideas. The track is a basic Rae Sremmurd song which one can usually expect from them.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Flo Rida (feat. Maluma)
Label: 
Atlantic

¡Hola! After kicking off 2017 with the release of “Cake” (then becoming the first American rapper to own a juice company) Flo Rida is back with a new single, teasing the release of his forthcoming, currently-untitled fifth album with “Hola”.

Sounds Like: 
Radio pop
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
12/11/2017
Artist: 
Hollywood Undead
Label: 
BMG Rights Management

If you are looking for a flashback to your sixth grade emo self, this is the album for you.  Rap Rock band from L.A., Hollywood Undead, is out with their new album, V. This is the epitome of emo music and if you don’t immediately think of black overdone eyeliner and hair parted way to the side when you hear this, you have been living under a rock. In my opinion, the rap sequences in all the songs are not very impressive. They also tend to like the lyrics “six feet deep” and referring to themselves.

Sounds Like: 
Deuce
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Ethnic Fluency
Label: 
N/A

This single, found on soundcloud, is by a hip-hop duo from Los Angeles. The beat and their voices are nice but the lyrics and melodies sound amateurish. They use a mostly melodic rap style. Some of rhymes sound like a kid wrote them. There’s one part where it sounds like they’re trying to have a bridge but the beat stays the same and the vocals kind off clash with it. Despite the awkward lyrics and forced melodies there are some parts where you can hear a good song hidden within.

Sounds Like: 
Logic
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Syndicate content