Rap

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
Artist: 
Big Sean
Label: 
GOOD Music

Big Seans drops a new album, I Decided., followed from his previous 2015 album release Dark Sky Paradise that features some big names such as Kanye West, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, etc. This new album includes a whole other line up of other big artists that include Eminem, Jeremih, Migos, and more.

Sounds Like: 
The one and only Big Sean
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Missy Elliot Ft. Lamb
Label: 
Atlantic

When Katy Perry brought out the legendary Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot out as a guest performer for her 2015 Super Bowl Half-Time Show performance, it made me realize that Missy Elliot has been absent from the music world for quite some time. Her last record The Cookbook was released back in 2005 - 12 years ago, with her last single "WTF (Where They From) being released back in 2015. A little over 2 weeks ago, Missy surprised the world with a brand new single AND a music video, and garnered a good amount of attention for it.

Sounds Like: 
Missy Elliot, except trap as fuck
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
PnB Rock
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

            PnB Rock’s album GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions runs the line of R&B and rap.  This album varies from his first release album RNB3, as it focuses more on evoking the emotion of the singer’s feelings about women, hooking up and possibly love. Many of the tracks discuss the contemporary issues within relationships including the confusion of not wanting labels of traditional boyfriend/girlfriend but still not wanting to have the other with another person.

Sounds Like: 
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Sounds Like: 
21 Savage
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Gucci Mane
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

I was curious to see what Gucci Mane did upon getting out of prison. Would it be a somber, reflective project about dealing with the trappings of fame while maintaining your initial identity and ethos, or the utter bangers that we all wanted to hear? Thankfully, it was the latter. Gucci has been expanding his brand lately, producing the chart-topping hit Black Beatles, but he is still able to make great rap songs. This was a small EP release of three songs, but all of them are awesome. He boasts and is incredibly cocky on these songs, but deservedly so.

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Migos
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Dutch Boy
Label: 
Dutch Boy

If Chris Brown and Travis Scott had a mysterious love child, this is it fam. Where has Dutch Boy been?!?! His voice needs to be spread!