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Artist: 
Desiigner
Label: 
UMG Recordings

Desiigner redeems himself after a devastating flop on his latest album New English. It's a good step up from what he's released, more of that hype, and hard beats. HE keeps the flows fresh, and maintains the signature sound he had you hooked on from the release of Panda. Instrumentals, could have been better, but I think the verses make up for it. You wont be dissapointed with these tracks. Definately radio worthy, hopefully they can be cleaned in time for play 

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2017
Artist: 
Tory Lanez
Label: 
Self-Released

The New Toronto 2 by Tory Lanez is definitely one of my top picks for underrated music works in the past year.  It most likely flew under people’s radar being released in December. The transitions during and between songs astounded me, so much that songs like “Talk To Me Nice/Fargo” sounds like it could be two different tracks. This style works, however, it is reminiscent of Drake and keeps the listener drawn in.

Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Roy Woods
Label: 
OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records

Nocturnal is a cohesive album that displays the music and artistry of Roy Woods that listeners love. The soft moody beats coincide with Roy Wood’s rapping. The lyrics vary from talking about sex, love, haters, and growing as an artist. However, he mostly talks about relationships or interactions with the opposite sex. His song “Love You”, gets really personal into a presumed breakup with the regret and sorrow that comes with it. Strong correlations can be made from Nocturnal to other Toronto artists like Drake and Tory Lanez.

Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Sounds Like: 
Tory Lanez
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar released a surprise song on March 23, 2017 called The Heart Part 4. This song follows a line of previous tracks of the The Heart Part 1-3. The beginning of the song starts with a slow, mellow beat gradually getting more and more intense as the song continues. The track takes several twists and turns on the beats.

Sounds Like: 
Jay Rock
Sounds Like: 
Ab-Soul
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

          Drake's "More Life" is a self-described "playlist," borrowing from genres such as afrobeat, Jamaican dance hall, r&b, and grime.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
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
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