Rap

Artist: 
Rick Ross feat. Meek Mill
Label: 
Maybach Music Group

Rick Ross aka Rozay brings us another hype track that makes you want to explode with energy. On this track he brings one of his colleagues from MMG (Meek Mill) to add to the hype and excitement. The beat of the track has that well known slapping of the bass hitting your head as if your mom caught you stealing cookies out of the jar. The lyrics of Rozay as always are simple but get his point across, which is that he is a boss. Meek Mill comes in with his monstrous confidence to finish of the track with lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
Waka Flocka Flame
Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Name: 
James Mays
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2012
Artist: 
Rick Ross feat. Dr.Dre & Jay-Z
Label: 
Maybach Music Group

The names on this track should speak for themselves. One of new kings of hip-hop (Rick Ross) brings in the veteran hard hitters of Dr. Dre and Jay-Z to kill on this track. The track minus its bars is perfection, it has a funky feel because of the incorporation of the bass guitar riff, piano, drums and strings. Once you add the bars of the "3 Kings" it automatically becomes a track that you can turn on repeat and bob your head for hours.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Meek Mill
Name: 
James Mays III
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2012
Artist: 
Immortal Technique
Label: 
Viper Records

Immortal Technique does what he does best. He’s deep, articulate, well-versed, and informative. He’s not your run-of-the-mill rapper by any means. Every word that he says is chosen carefully. He thinks about his lyrics, he writes good one’s, and his flow is impeccable. Immortal Technique uses his songs as teaching points, but he does so effectively. The track “Open Your Eyes” is a microcosm of his music as a whole. On the track, he exposes corruption in today’s world and provides you  with a shocking realization. He’s good. And he’s world quite a few plays.

Sounds Like: 
MF Doom, Atmosphere, KRS One
Name: 
Charlie Misra
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2012
Artist: 
Sparkz
Label: 
Big Biz Records

There’s a little 8-bit honesty on the track. The singing on the track isn’t too bad. It sounds like your standard drinking song with references to various alcohols. I  wont go further with this review because you can’t air this song anyway. The gist? The song’s okay, maybe a little below average.

Sounds Like: 
Block-E, Mansy
Name: 
Charlie Misra
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2012
Artist: 
PashaPG
Label: 
Big Biz Records

I’ll cut this guy some slack. “Runaway” is not terrible. I like the hook that the girl sings. PashaPG’s rap skills are decent. He has room for improvement, but it’s alright. I’d give this the occasional play. I wouldn’t be bumping this in my car or at a party anytime soon, but this guy deserves some exposure.

Sounds Like: 
Chipmunk, Skepta, N-Dubz
Name: 
Charlie Misra
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2012
Artist: 
J. Davis Trio
Label: 
Yo-Yo Smuggler Records

This band isn't trying to prove anything, and that's what makes them awesome. This extremely laid-back hip-hop group lays down a tad bit of funk with their incredibly chill jazz sound and simple vocals. They have an entire band backing them up, including vibraphones, bass, trumpet, sax, congas, flute, acoustic guitars, violins and a motherfucking French horn. So these guys aren't the best, but they're still awesome. There are only two tracks, followed by their instrumental versions.

Sounds Like: 
Black Moon
Sounds Like: 
The Roots
Name: 
Greg Gonzales
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2011
Artist: 
Pigeon John
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

Pigeon John is sure to acquire some fans after people hear his new album.  There are some sounds here that I really connected with.  The kind of music that makes your mind feel at ease, contemplate, and just wonder.  He's a pretty good rapper.  He definitely has an idea with each of his songs.  He doesn't just rap about money or cars, but he doesn't rap about pressing issues either.  He tells stories about everyday life, about hanging out, about chillin'.  I really like the song "Dude, It's On."  It spoke to me in a way that only Simon and Garfunkel has

Sounds Like: 
K'naan
Sounds Like: 
Mars ILL
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2011
Artist: 
Tony Nailz
Label: 
Imperial Rekordz

This rap track is very generic.  Rhymes are not very good.  The chorus is unbelievable repetitive, to the point that it gets annoying.  The beat and bass is blaring, it will blow your ears off.  There is lot of talk about being "fresh," having "swag," and the same jazz about money, cars, and clothes.  If you couldn't tell from what you've just read, I was not impressed to say the least. This album is not good.  But hey if you want another track about "getting low" and "shaking it on the floor," be my guest.

Sounds Like: 
Soulja Boy
Sounds Like: 
Wiz Kalifah
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
The Electric
Label: 
Co-Sign Collective

This combo of cool rhymes from everyone in the group, along with strong signing results in a deliciously soulful masterpiece.  The song "Beautiful" is just that.  It has tremendous flow, and it truly is quality music.  "Running" provides an excellent title as well.  The pace is faster and The Electric hits hard.  For only having a few songs, The Electric really packs a lot of punch. As for the remixes, they're ok.  In my opinion, they are different, but no where near as good as the original versions.

Sounds Like: 
City High
Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
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
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