Rap

Artist: 
O.T. Genasis
Label: 
Atlantic Records

The one hit wonder is back and this time with his debut album. O.T. Genasis is most famous for his song "CoCo". The whole album is 100% trap. I loved the song "CoCo" so I thought I would give his album a chance. Overall I'd say that this album wasn't bad if you're a fan of trap. None of the songs on the album were "Coco" caliber but nonetheless still pretty good. The songs on the album basically consist of coming up with catchy phrases that are usually illegal then repeated over and over again with a trap beat. 

Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Sounds Like: 
Bobby Shmurda
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Dear Derrick
Label: 
PBS Inc/Only popcorn/New East Coat

          Dear Derrick released Ostrich as a single off his new album "More Reality Less Art." The song is old school hip-hop type of song; no melody, angelic female vocals or samples are in the song. It's just Dear Derrick rapping over an 808. The song is two minutes and thirteen seconds which is pretty short for a single, but Derrick gets straight to the point with this song. There is no bridge, intro, or outro. The song is rather stripped, so I don't feel like I need this song to be longer than two minutes.

Sounds Like: 
Tyler the Creator
Sounds Like: 
Hopsin
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
Zion I
Label: 
Mind Over Matter

     Zion I, aka Baba Zumbi's new album called The Labyrinth is a conscious rap album with personal, sociopolitical, and inspirational lyrics. The intro "Pre-Destine" and the outro "Departure" are recordings of Zumbi's two-year-oldson Kenji. Kenji had some kind words for his fathers listeners: "Hey people, don't hate. God will protect you. Focus on the good parts." The first two songs after the intro are Bangers! "What we Gone Do" is definitely a more trap oriented song.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Curren$y
Label: 
Self-released

New Orleans rapper Curren$y may have released his fourth studio album Canal Street Confidential last year in 2015, but he has not slowed down since then. Ten mixtapes into 2016, his tenth release this year alone titled Andretti 10/30, is a continuation of Andretti 9/30. Most people would think that a rapper's sound may grow stale after releasing so many mixtapes in one year, and that may be both true and false. 

Sounds Like: 
Jet Life
Sounds Like: 
Dom Kennedy
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2016
Artist: 
Maybach Music Group
Label: 
Maybach Music Group

This album is alright. It could have went in a little harder, but overall is a great album, and you can tell there has been hardwork put into it. At the beginning it starts off really good at the start with some trap music with Young Dolph's, Checked, then later turns into some party music where it definately be used to hype up the vibes and then transition to smooth emotion type trap. It is overall a good album, sound quality is exquisite but has its moments where you can tell it be made even that much better with a little more effort.

Sounds Like: 
Young Dolph
Sounds Like: 
Rick Ross
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Meek Mill
Sounds Like: 
Wale
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
2 Chainz
Label: 
T.R.U. The Real University

In a time where so many rappers are simply releasing as much as they possibly can, sacrificing quality for quantity, 2 Chainz's new album Hibachi for Lunch, is refreshing in that it's short and sweet. This tape delivers 7 tracks with unique, hard-hitting beats, and that classic 2 Chainz flow that I personally love. There are tracks on here that have that new rap movement, Lil Yachty sound to them, like "Diamonds Talkin Back", but then there's also tracks that have that classic Southern trap sound to them, like "Doors Open".

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Lil Boat
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Run The Jewels
Label: 
Adult Swim

“I told y'all suckers. I told y'all on RTJ1, then I told ya again on RTJ2, and you still ain't believe me. So here we go, RTJ3”

Sounds Like: 
Killer Mike
Sounds Like: 
El-P
Sounds Like: 
Public Enemy
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
The Game
Label: 
Blood Money & Entertainment One

         1992 is The Game's eighth studio album, released on October 14th, 2016. A Nigerian producer by the name of Bongo was the executive producer on this album, producing tracks such as I Grew Up On Wu-Tang and Savage Lifestyle. The 90's hip-hop vibe is captured by the samples, including Inner City Blues (Make Me Holler) by Marvin Gaye, Colors by Ice-T, C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan, and Back to life (However Do You Want Me) by Soul II Soul.

Sounds Like: 
Logic
Sounds Like: 
50 Cent
Sounds Like: 
Wale
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Riff Raff
Label: 
Mad Decent

When listened to Balloween I got the feeling that it was meant to be an experiment. Riff Raff chooses to go quantity over quality on this album with a total of 20 songs. I don't like Riff Raff but I did enjoy a few songs on this album. On this album, there were a few country songs. The country songs weren't good and left me confused as to why they were on his Hip Hop album. If you like Riff Raff you'll probably like this album. If you don't like Riff Raff but want to give him a try, I suggest you give some spins to the songs I recommended below. 

Sounds Like: 
Logic
Sounds Like: 
Vince Staples
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016