Rap

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
Artist: 
Soulja Boy
Label: 
Stacks On Deck Entertainment Group

Soulja Boy is a rapper out of Atlanta who gained lots of fame through his hits like Crank That, Kiss Me Thru the Phone, and Pretty Boy Swag. Let me preface this review by saying that I really enjoyed Soulja Boy's music earlier in his career. That being said, this isn't just the worst rap album I have heard in a long time, maybe ever. This is the worst album in general that I have heard in a good while. First of all, the songs are unoriginal and uninspired. The beats are more bland than Life cereal.

Sounds Like: 
That Guy at the Mall who's always trying to sell you his mixtape
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Sellassie
Label: 
M.Y.G.H.E.T.T.O. Records

            The song And They Don't Know Why is a single of Sellassie's debut album "Sins of Your Forefathers." This song has a groovy reggae sample, and a chorus with a sample from Randy Newman's Baltimore: "Cause the city is dyin', and they don't know why." There is an excerpt from Malcom X's famous The Ballot or the Bullet speech at the beginning of the song, so you already know it's heavy stuff. The song is about Sellassie's childhood and growing up in the ghetto s

Sounds Like: 
NWA
Sounds Like: 
Common
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Sellassie
Label: 
M.Y.G.H.E.T.T.O. Records

              The single "Cops Keep Firing" talks about police brutality and police violence within black commuites. "Cops keep firing in my environment" can be heard on loop in the background of the chorus while Sellassie recalls all of the victims of police violence; including Trayvon Martin, Andy Lopez, and Donald Johnson. The beat is old-school hip-hop sounding, the cyphers are aswell. Sellassie's political views are clear in this song. The problems of police brutality he speaks of are very real and still exist today.

Sounds Like: 
NWA
Sounds Like: 
Common
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
T.I.
Label: 
Grand Hustle

      T.i. is using his voice as a well-known rapper to speak out on police brutality, discrimination, and the racial inequality within America. The music is classic T.I. mixed with his political input. "We Will Not," "Warzone," and "40 Acres" are the bangers on this album. "40 Acres" is the perfect song for making racists unfomrtable; awesome cyphers over a trap beat. If you ever wanted a trap song about police brutality, "Black Man" is the one for you!

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Chance the Rapper
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2016
Artist: 
John Chuck and the Class
Label: 
John Chuck and the Class

I was not sure what to expect out of this album, but, boy, am I telling you! This. Is. The. Greatest. Thing. Ever! The songs are unique and are all feel good sounds. There is a lot of mixing up the instrumentals with more traditional instruments with electronic and techno additions. And, the rap is not hard to understand! The songs are groovy, the singer/rapper's voice is clear and really appealing.

Sounds Like: 
Macklemore
Sounds Like: 
Blue Man Group
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2016
Artist: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Label: 
Atlantic Records

Ty Dolla $ign did a good job on the album. Ty goes political on this album, but let’s face it, when an artist makes a song about “these hoes” it’s kinda hard to take his political stance seriously. I don’t think Ty should have attempted political rap, instead focus on making hits for a party. With that being said Future, Migos, and Travis Scott all made an appearance on the album. The songs that weren’t about political issues were really good. I especially liked “??? (Where)” which was the fourth song on the album.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Migos
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2016
Artist: 
Ellevan
Label: 
Self Released

The various singles I listened to were from Ellevan's EP, A Life Gone By. This sounds like Twenty One Pilots without any edge that was slowed down and layered on top of elevator music. The lyrics are not typical rap lyics of booty and drugs but about life aspirations which is a nice change. His musc has hints of jazz, pop and hip-hop creating a melodic and chill vibe. Ellevan is an up and coming rapper, hia style and music still has time to evolve, so I would wait for that music to come out. 

Sounds Like: 
Clean Twenty One Pilots Vocals
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