Rap

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
Artist: 
Blakroc
Label: 
Blakroc

Imagine, The Black Keys, a band comprised of a guitar and drums that make insane full music and sound, working with rappers to create a crazy album of real music beats and fresh rhymes. I have good news, the album in your hands is such! It's no dream! This album is fresh and straight bumpin'. Everything is unique about this record - from the artists to the backgrounds. The Black Keys have made a smart move with this album. They can now reach into a new genre for a fan base. T.B.K. has out done themselves on this album.

Sounds Like: 
The Roots, The Black Keys, ODB, Ludacris, Mos Def, Noe, RZA, Pharoahe Monch, Nicole Wray, Raekwon, Jim Jones, Q-Tip, Billy Danze
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
12/12/2009

Us

Artist: 
Brother Ali
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

Brother Ali is a man who has been through a lot. He has dealt with physical abnormalities (he is albino) and in turn has dealt with a lot of criticism because of it. This gives him right to rap about everything and anything. The regular version of "Us" is virtually un-playable on the air, but this does not mean it is not a terrible album and this is the CLEAN album. B.A. is b.a. He is a true rapper who preaches. He does not rap about the standard subject of gettin' crunk, which is a welcomed change. His rhymes are sweet and his voice is solid over the beat.

Sounds Like: 
Mac Lethal, Eminem, Atmosphere, The Grouch and Eligh, Zion I, Jay-Z
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2009
Artist: 
Bike For Three!
Label: 
Anticon

With Buck 65, his vocals are raw and raspy but his rhymes are quick and unique. Buck has good timbre and rhythm. Buck 65 actually raps and spits about good subjects. He doesn't rap about the usual sex, money, and drugs. He raps about the human everyday life, a nice change from the ways of the run of mill rapper. The beats of Bike For Three! are done by the producer from Greetings From Tuskan. Electronic melodies and patterns are the driving force behing Buck 65.

Sounds Like: 
Buck 65, Serengeti and Polyphonic
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2009
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