Rap

Artist: 
Donnie Brasco
Label: 
N/A

Carrying the name Donnie Brasco, the hip-hop artist's effort on this 3 track collection is not nearly as exciting as the Johnny Depp movie of the same name.  With that said, the music may not stand out, but the songs on here certainly aren't bad.  He encorporates different sounds on each track.  One with an electro-pop vibe, one with a smooth jazz sound, and another that pumps some bass, adds drums, and a nifty Young B sample.  His diversifying of sound is not quite a strength yet, but I like the idea behind it.  "Boom boom" is definitely the best track on this albu

Sounds Like: 
Kovas
Sounds Like: 
Jay-Z
Sounds Like: 
Крип-а-Крип
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2010
Artist: 
Sage Francis
Label: 
Epitaph

The review for this album is missing, but its sage man, its good. Conshous rap, rap not about bitches and hoes and who can argue with that. Play it, its good, find a song you like, and the best part, its a clean album so you can play them all.

Sounds Like: 
Atmosphere
Name: 
Max Roth
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2010
Artist: 
Sage Francis
Label: 
Epitaph

This is classic Sage Francis. This production is great and Sage is always great. Tracks 4 and 8 are pure classic Francis. Though Track 8 is a little on the anti-sematic side. Track 6 makes fun of commercial rap through a phone message skit. The beginning of the CD is filled with guitar driven beats that don't suit Francis' style but he soon rebounds into form as the production becomes better. The best song on the cd is Track 12 as Francis uses wordplay off common phrases to create a masterful song. This track is worth playing show.

Sounds Like: 
Rap
Name: 
Steve Painter
Date Reviewed: 
01/17/2005
Artist: 
The New World Side Order
Label: 
MINDSpray Records

Ever heard of The New World Order? It is pretty much an underground organization of people who think they have figured out the system and figured out the man. They stick it to the man and only talk about how he ruined society. These guys, The New World Side Order, are some of them. Although their name suggests poking fun at TNWO, they seem to rap about the same subjects. TNWSO's beats are rudimentary, but their lyrics are based on some fact about society and the country. Also, they dress up exactly as the cover art suggests, in hazmat suits...

Sounds Like: 
Atmosphere
Sounds Like: 
Immortal Technique
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
04/21/2010
Artist: 
Ron Contour & Factor
Label: 
Fake Four Inc.

A short and sweet album that is easy to listen to. The beats by Factor aren't overly busy, yet offer plenty to enjoy on their own. Ron Contour's (better known as Moka Only) flows are also impressive and induce the listen to nod their head during the listen. Overall, a nice, low-key, chill album. Unfortunately, nearly none of it is clean.

Sounds Like: 
Swollen Members
Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Name: 
David Forrester
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
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