Rap

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
Sounds Like: 
Any other up and coming rapper
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2016
Artist: 
Elise Bauman x Ellevan
Label: 
Self-Released

“Do You”, the new single from Elise Bauman and Ellevan (aka Ellevation) hit the radio waves this past Wednesday when we premiered it here on KAMP Radio. These two channel this great R&B vibe, reminiscent of some early 2000’s artists. Most people who are familiar with Elise Bauman know her as an actress, so to hear her sing was a wonderful surprise. Bauman’s vocals are soaring, and those harmonies add so much dimension to the verses.

Sounds Like: 
Kristin Chenowith
Sounds Like: 
twenty one pilots
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2016
Artist: 
Hustle Gang
Label: 
HGGH

I actually just found out what Hustle Gang is and I have to say they are pretty good! I checked this album out completely on a whim and the yield was fruitful. Every song on the album had a feature. A few notable artists on the album are B.o.B, T.I, and Young Thug to name a few. These songs on this album are guaranteed to be playing at your local trap house. I enjoyed just about every song on this album and recommend you spin this CD on your show. (Of course, after it's censored) 

 

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott, Future
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
Mac Miller
Label: 
Warner Bros. Records

While I understand why hardcore Mac Miller fans probably didn't really enjoy this album, I thought it was dope as fuck. It's definitely a departure from current charting hip hop, with distorted synths, soft vocals, and a tripped out disco vibe. Unfortunately many of the songs on this copy of The Divine Feminine are explicit and so are not airable on KAMP.

Sounds Like: 
Chance the Rapper
Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
Isaiah Rashad
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

First and foremost I would like to start the review by saying, Wow! This album completely shattered my expectations. I didn’t really know who Isaiah Rashad was prior to this album but I definitely know who he is now. There wasn’t a song on this album that I did not like. This style of rap is really kicked back. It seems when Rashad raps he speaks very softly compared to most rappers nowadays who just shout. It’s a different style than I’m used to when it comes to rap.