Rap

Artist: 
Rick Ross
Label: 
Epic Records

YO this album go soft and hard at the same time. Chris Rock yellin and being savage, just makes it that much better. Trap Trap Trap easily one of my favorites, young thug spitting bars again, and this time you can understand him a bit better. Summer Seventeen, we've heard it somewhere, cough* Purple Lamborghin *cough. It's all good it's still lit. Maybach music hits hard once again, and delivers an a great sound that sticks. Ross is able to single handedly and skillfully put many of his personal styles in one album.

Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Young Dro
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Rapsody
Label: 
Jamla Record / Culture Over Everything

After listening to this album, Crown EP, several timees I can say I've liked it more and more. Lauryn Hill often came to mind. I love the tracks on this album as it shows true talent of a female MC spitting rhyme after rhyme. Gonna Miss You is probably the popular track that features Raphael Saadiq that is one of the more upbeat tracks. Tina Turner is probably my favorite track that whose beats take turns making it one of the more original songs. #Goals is another favorite track that has her providing catchy vocals that flow smoothly along with beat.

Sounds Like: 
Lauryn Hill
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Twiztid
Label: 
Majik Ninja Entertainment

As someone who had a childhood under the imposing figure of a self-proclaimed juggalo father, I've been more or less subject to listening to ICP, Twiztid, and most of Psychopathic Records for the majority of my early life. Not quite a pleasant experience, but in regards to this single, I'm glad for the past experience to draw from. As such, my first instinct when listening to this track was that it wasn't at all the Twiztid I knew.

Sounds Like: 
ICP
Sounds Like: 
Boondox
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Label: 
Self-released

Only 4 tracks on this mixtape, sure to make you headbob and have a few laughs. This was put out as just a bit of tease as Luv Is Rage 2 is still in production with an unknown release date. Don't be surprised if you still cant understand what he's saying, it should be a norm at this point if you're listening to this stuff. It's okay it still bangs, first track is probably the best, its got some cool pads with the choir in the background. Nothing really stands out, its worth listening to, but it might not be in your playlist for long, maybe not until 2.0 comes.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty
Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Future
Label: 
Epic Records

Future doing what he does best, throwin bangers! This album came out of nowhere, no ads, not big hype, just a fat album with some great tracks. The percussion is nasty, its grimy, its hard, its everything this east coast ATL rapper is about, just making you feel badass. Songs like Rent Money has some killer savage lines and POA just lays down a hard trap beat. One of my favorite tracks, Mask Off, is an amazing production with a sweet flute sample and a catchy flow. I would be surprised if this doesn't make it to the charts.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Money Bagg Yo
Label: 
Be Great Music Group

          Money Bagg Yo's "Hearttless" is his Valentines Day mixtape.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Murs
Label: 
Strange Music Inc.

The biggest peeve I have with rap music is when I can't understand the lyrics, or when there isn't a lot of "music" in the song...

But this song has nothing peevish about it! I was already hooked when I heard the first few seconds of the song--it has a similar sound to Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz "We Own It"-- a little piano intro with a boom-boom- pow beat.

Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Sounds Like: 
Macklemore
Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Mila J
Label: 
Self-released

        "MILAULONGTIME" is Mila J's 7-track Valentines Day mixtape. Although it's a Valentines drop, the songs are pretty diverse in moods. The opening track MOVE is a trap banger with that 'fuck the haters' type of vibe. FUCKBOY is a funky r&b song, probably holds the record for r&b song with the most f-bombs. YESTERDAY is a trap ballad featuring I.Rich.

Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Sounds Like: 
Jhene Aiko
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Young Dolph
Label: 
Paper Route Empire

Adolph "Young Dolph" Thorton released his new mixtape "Gelato" the day after releasing Play Wit Yo Bitch, a Yo Gotti diss track. The 11-track mixtape begins with title track Gelato and ends with the You Gotti diss track. The features on this record blend well with Young Dolph's trap style. Wiz Khalifa is featured on On the River.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Canon
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

Canon provides a good listening album, hard delivery, fast beats and positive instead of derogatory lyrics comprise this album. It is not my favorite due to it being quite well fitted, and typical of a lot of hip hop music out their currently.  Canon is based in Atlanta but raised in Chicago thusly providing a base for his perspective on life, art, and faith with those origins in mind. The sound is upbeat and fast paced, cleanly delivered lyrics, a lot of repetition in word delivery and although not the most creative or unique sounding it is an enjoyable album.

Sounds Like: 
Gift Of Gab
Sounds Like: 
Capitol Kings
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2017
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