Rap

Artist: 
Dem Southernfolkz
Label: 
100 Spoke

Dallas-based Dem Southernfolkz' "The Message" will remind the listener of Nappy Roots. The band employs a combination of guitars, a full drumset, a church choir, in addition to sampling that is reminiscent of Common/Kanye West. Overall, a solid effort that is easy to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Nappy Roots
Sounds Like: 
Common
Name: 
David Forrester
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2010
Artist: 
Sole
Label: 
Anticon

Sole manages to raise awareness toward the call for societal reform through this album.  He notes that he desires change, pointing out the sickening differences between the rich and the impoverished in this country.  He also frowns upon the idea of nuclear war, amongst other things.  But aside from his political agenda, Sole comes off as a decent rapper.  He has good rhymes for the most part, and fairly articulate lyrics (which you would need to convey the topics that he has chosen).  He should however, refrain from too much singing, because quite frankly, he does n

Sounds Like: 
Jibbs
Sounds Like: 
Flixx
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2010
Artist: 
Diabolic
Label: 
Viper Records

This is a good album, period.  Diabolic has real flow, and true rapping skill.  He has a multitude of words that he uses to describe real issues such as growing up on hard times, reflecting on the difficulties of life, and dealing with having to protect yourself on a daily basis (instead of the generic cars, money, and hoes).  Diabolic spits hard rhymes, and weaves intricate webs with his rapping.  He's more than just rapper, but he is a true old school MC.  He possesses qualities that are missing in much of today's mainstream hip-hop.  There are some excellent

Sounds Like: 
Immortal Technique
Sounds Like: 
Graveplott
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2010
Artist: 
Nocando
Label: 
Alpha Pup Records

Former L.A. battle rapper Nocando releases his label debut "Jimmy The Lock", and from beginning to end, this album does not quit. Songs range from bassy, windows down jams to the 808 & Heartbreak-influenced "Hurry Up And Wait" to heartfelt and angry rhymes. Busdriver even lends his talents on the song entitled "Two Track Mind". Nocando's talent is evident and the range and variety of the album make for a wonderful hip-hop album to open the new decade.

Sounds Like: 
Abstract Rude
Sounds Like: 
Busdriver
Name: 
David Forrester
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2010
Artist: 
Freeway & Jake One
Label: 
Rhymesayers

Philly rapper Freeway and Seattle-based producer Jake One team up on a solid collaboration entitled "The Stimulus Package". The true highlight of the album is the production of Jake One. More than not, the beats and samples are the catchiest and best parts of the album, and while Freeway's rhymes or style aren't very original and won't 'wow' you that some of the top MCs in the game do, he does an adequate enough job with the superb production of Jake One.

Sounds Like: 
Ghostface Killah
Sounds Like: 
Beanie Sigel
Name: 
David Forrester
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2010
Artist: 
Various
Label: 
Priority Records

You have all heard of East Coast vs. West Coast. Well here is Snoop Dogg's full arsenal against the East Coast: Snoop Dogg Presents: The West Coast Blueprint. He spits it out with Yo-Yo, N.W.A., Eazy-E, Kid Frost, Ras Kass, Ice Cube, Mack 10, Westside Connection, and The D.O.C. This album is chalked full of '90s era hip hop all-stars presenting a mostly explicit view into the E.C. v. W.C. rap battle. In my opinion, W.C. won. Snoop Dogg had all the power with these tracks. They beast the air waves and have topped the charts before, it's time they do it again.

Sounds Like: 
Snoop Dogg
Sounds Like: 
N.W.A.
Sounds Like: 
Eazy-E
Sounds Like: 
Kid Frost
Sounds Like: 
Ras Kass
Sounds Like: 
Ice Cube
Sounds Like: 
Mack 10
Sounds Like: 
Westside Connection
Sounds Like: 
The D.O.C,
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2010
Artist: 
Eazy-E
Label: 
Priority Records

Eazy-E is one of the most prolific rappers of all time. Since he was part of the group N.W.A., he has gotten some major blast. As he spits, he tells a story and he does it with passion and skill. It helps to be backed by Snoop Dogg and Dre but that doesn't matter. Without them, Eazy would be bumpin' it. He is a master lyricist with a flavor for the complex. His lines are long and his beats are fresh. E does not mess around when it comes to the industry. He will always be repping his boys and what hip hop truly stands for, the game and the hustle. Not the crips, cars, and jewelry.

Sounds Like: 
Dr. Dre
Sounds Like: 
N.W.A.
Sounds Like: 
MC Ren
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2010
Artist: 
Mike Superhero
Label: 
Unsigned

This guy is coming straight out of Tucson and is ready to throw down. His beats are very repetitive and the sound like they are out of a Sega or Game Boy, but it's cool and unique. His lyrics are crazy and pretty funny. He cracks a bunch of jokes throughout his piece. Don't be fooled though, all 3 tracks on this album are the same. Mike Superhero does have good rhythm and flow. Plus his effects are nice and they go good with the beat. M.S. is definitely up and coming and will be seen in the future.

Sounds Like: 
Buck 65, Mac Lethal, Solja Boy Tell Em
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/20/2009
Artist: 
Swollen Members
Label: 
Suburban Noize Records

The Swollen Members used to be different. This new album is partially sponsored by SRH, the well known bro-dawg consortium. Their motto is all about lifted trucks, platinum blonde girls with fake boobs, and dippin'. I think they pushed for this album. The Swollen Members never used to curse a million times a song. These guys have worse mouths than a sailor. You can barely get 30 seconds into a song without f**k. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact i prefer my rap to be like that, but not fit for the radio at all.

Sounds Like: 
La Coka Nostra, Sweatshop Union, Tech N9ne, Cunninlynguists
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2009
Artist: 
Serengeti & Polyphonic
Label: 
Anticon

Over bouncing electric beats and harmonic rhythms, rapper Serengeti spits major rhymes. Serengeti never stops and seems to narrate the tracks, rather than rap on top of them. The electronica gives Serengeti and producer Polyphonic a unique sound and the beats are elcletic and very full. There are unusual percussion hits and various instruments emulated throughout this album. There are a few guest artists on this album including Buck 65 and Doseone. Terradactyl is definitely a unique album in the library.

Sounds Like: 
Buck 65, Bike For Three!, Sole
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2009
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