Rap

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
Artist: 
GoldLink
Label: 
RCA

This single is arguably the greatest single bop to come out this year. If you haven't already heard the track, which was released earlier this year as a single and then on GoldLink's debut album release "At What Cost", then I guarantee after hearing the vamped intro that fades into a simultaneous beat drop and infectious hook introduction followed by two verses, you won't be able to get it out of your head and you won't want to. Washington D.C.

Sounds Like: 
Kaytranada
Sounds Like: 
Anderson Paak
Sounds Like: 
Sango
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Mr. Flamboyant
Label: 
FaceOff Records

The song isn’t as bad as I expected after seeing the music video intro. It starts and ends with an electronic spacey sound. The song has a simple beat with piano chords that stays pretty much the same throughout. The feature, Kilo Ali, raps more than Mr. Flamboyant and probably for a reason. Kilo Ali’s melodic rap is nice to listen to but I’m not really a fan of the way Mr. Flamboyant raps. The lyrics are about being too flamboyant, being the best, bitches, and diamond rings, I think. It all sounds kinda amateurish.

Sounds Like: 
Pastor Troy
Sounds Like: 
JT Money
Sounds Like: 
Hitman Sammy Sam
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Vic Mensa
Label: 
Roc Nation Records

Having only become a true, avid hip-hope listener in the last two years, I had started with the basics: Big Sean, Kanye West, J. Cole, and Vince Staples, among others. For some odd reason, I never stumbled upon Vic Mensa. And dang, as a Creative Writing major, I regret not finding him earlier. Vic Mensa's music has such a unique sound and his voice is nothing like I have heard before. Still, he adheres to classical hip-hop themes, with captivating rhytms and inspring rhymes. The Autobiography is a series of songs that reflect on Vic's life, from childhood to fame.

Sounds Like: 
J.Cole
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
Artist: 
Sam-C
Label: 
Sam-C

 

Sounds Like: 
Wale
Sounds Like: 
Jidenna
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 songs: Ziggy, Damien, Stephen (In order of what which artist sounded most similar to what I was hearing on this album with both the vocals and background music. Not in order of when these songs were actually born. Mind you.
Sounds Like: 
2Pac Storyteller Rhyming
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
Marvin Gaye
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 sons: Ziggy, Damien, and Stephen (In that order of similar sounding background music and vocals. Not in order of when they were born mind you)
Sounds Like: 
2Pac storyteller rhymes
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
$ki Mask The Slump God
Label: 
Republic Records
Catch Me Outside by $ki Mask The Slump God is the latest single by the young artist. While listening to the album, I felt that Catch Me Outside simply tells the day in the life of $ki.
 
When you listen to the album, expect to hear fire. Despite some heat, $ki showed a message of realness throughout the album.
 
This album is a collection of hot sounds, dope beats, and hard melodies, perfect for any traplord.
Sounds Like: 
Lil Pump
Sounds Like: 
Ugly God
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Danny Watts
Label: 
Author's Record Company

    Jon wayne produced this rapper who sounds unlike anything that I have ever heard before. Like a cross fade between a chill laid back almost R&B sounding voice and what sounds like a deeper voice version of Childish Gambino (on his slower tracks like "Longest Text Message Ever"). All of the beats seem to mellow you out while the rapping is subtle, not over done and way less present then what I am used to while still presenting enough poetry in each of the lyrics to make you think about the storyline that he is trying to tell.

Sounds Like: 
R&B singers
Sounds Like: 
Deep Voiced version of Childish Gambino's track, "Longest Text Message Ever"
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017