Rap

Artist: 
Trademark Da Skydiver
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

Concerning the "Up Here" single, The rapping is good.  There are points were his rhyming is generic, but at times Trademark really spits fire. And man, the beat is catchy as hell.  The chorus is pretty simple, but it's just well-crafted.  You'll be head-bobbing, rocking side to side.  It's a song you can groove too.  My only complaint is that it's too short. "Super Sticky" has a jazz sample, setting up the mood.  It shows off Trademark's versatility.  Overall, a good record.

Sounds Like: 
Common
Sounds Like: 
Wyclef Jean
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
J-Live
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

"More like knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.  It's hard work on three, so throw your hands in." J-Live's lyrics are not dumbed down in the least.  They are precisely chosen, and it shows when you hear how articulate his verses are.  With soulful beats, and an old-school swagger, J-Live puts together a solid collection of songs that you can spin to your heart's content.  This is not the type of rap you'd find on the charts nowadays, but in J-Live's case, that's a good thing.

Sounds Like: 
Nas
Sounds Like: 
Diabolic
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
Chiddy Bang
Label: 
Self Released

When it comes to samples in hip hop, it’s really hit or miss. Using someone’s own craft and making it your own isn’t the easiest of things to do. Classics of soul, rock, and folk have all been used as something new and fresh. But it was only a matter of time before someone who noticed the incredible potential of sampling indie music stormed onto the hip-hop scene. Enter Chiddy Bang, the project of two nineteen year old kids: Chidera Anamege and Noah Beresin, aka Xaphoon Jones.

Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2010
Artist: 
Kanye West featuring Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Sean, & J. Cole
Label: 
G.O.O.D. music

This is a decent track from Kanye’s new album. Kayne and the rising star Big Sean both go hard on this song. The sample fits the song well but the beat is just ok.

Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi
Name: 
Sterling Hedges
Date Reviewed: 
11/22/2010
Artist: 
Chiddy Bang
Label: 
Capitol

"Chiddy Bang!

Sounds Like: 
Xaphoon Jones
Sounds Like: 
B.o.B.
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2010
Artist: 
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Label: 
Reprise/ Asylum Records

Its Bone Thugs if you don't know who they are then u suck. there latest album since the reuniting. overall a somewhat solid album with songs like meet me in the sky and see me shine. play this shit

play*** Bump it **** PLAY TO THE MAX*****
play these songs pleaseee!!!!
2. rebirth

3. See Me Shine****

9. Gone *****

10. Meet Me in the Sky *****

Sounds Like: 
Bone Thugs Duh
Name: 
Zach Noren
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2010
Artist: 
Rye Rye Ft. M.I.A
Label: 
Interscope Records

Sounds like:

This soung reminds me of that "Hey Mickey" tune from the 80's.  The song then goes into a little rap that sounds a little like Lil Kim.  The chorus and the bridge sounds a little bit like the Ting Ting's.  Overall great song.  There is an instrumental (track 3) and a cappella version (track 4) which will also make good backround music while your talking for the show.  It has an eighties feel with a new age sound.  Enjoy!

Sounds Like: 
Toni Bassil
Sounds Like: 
The Ting Tings
Name: 
Michael Brilliant
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2010
Artist: 
Chilli Chill Luciani
Label: 
Strickly Biznis

Sounds like:

If you like weird songs like T. Payne's "I'm on a Boat" or some weird auto-tuned Kanye, then Lighters and A Dutch by Chilli Chill Luciani is right for you.  He raps about hardcore partying and smoking with two lighters and a dutch.  This track references the "N" word so it is non-airable.  Otherwise the track seems find, although with his auto-tune you can barely understand what he is saying.

Sounds Like: 
T Payne
Sounds Like: 
Kanye
Name: 
Michael Brilliant
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2010
Artist: 
People from the Sun
Label: 
N/A

This single is good.  The rapping is solid and fast-paced.  The flow is nice.  The beat constantly builds toward a big kick from the chorus.  What is disappointing is that the chorus fails to deliver that x-factor, and the song just continues to build.  It has a bit of a rock edge to it, and overall it is a decent track.  These guys are talented, but there is certainly something missing.

Sounds like: Far East Movement, Styles of Beyond, Graveplott

Sounds Like: 
Far East Movement
Sounds Like: 
Styles of Beyond
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2010
Artist: 
4-IZE
Label: 
Revo Media

Inspite of having only one track to play on air (track 1), 4-IZE puts together a catchy song with good harmonies, a fun beat, and good rhymes.  The song "New Day" livens up the mood just as a new day would.  It was a nice combo with the singing and rapping.

Sounds like:  Jim Jones, Scatterman, Bruno Mars

Top Track: 1. New Day

Sounds Like: 
Jim Jones
Sounds Like: 
Bruno Mars
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2010