Rap

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.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Earl Sweatshirt
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Atmosphere
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

This CD is pretty good to just hang out to and listen to in the car or as background music. A lot of the songs really do sound the same. I was listening to the CD while I was working Tapingo and before I knew it I went through the whole CD and didn't realize that the songs really changed because they meshed from one song to the next. Yet, I still do have my favorite songs on the album.  Atmosphere tells some pretty interesting stories through his rap that's forsure.

Sounds Like: 
Mac Lethal
Sounds Like: 
Murs
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
clipping.
Label: 
Sup Pop Records

A very strange and experimental rap album. The fastest paced rapping I have ever hear, if that impresses you and you think you could have hear tighter faster, almost incomprehensible speech rap you should check this out, you will be proven wrong. With lots of this type and style of rap mixed with vintage song tracks of gospel, dishes breaking, rain sounding droplet patterns in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Earl Sweatshirt
Sounds Like: 
Micheal Christmas
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
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