Rap

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
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
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