Rap

Artist: 
Allday
Label: 
Wind Up Records

Soooooo.  Chubby Boy, by Allday (who I think is a local rapper?). This is not very good rap wise. The lyrics are like a fourteen-year-old privledged boy's view of the world as in he discusses the big issues like how "I'm vibin on these videos/ thinking I was rich." So like he's trying, but his words lack those intense, descriptive lyrics of the best rappers. If you want to listen to the deepest song on the album, try Number 5, "Wolves." The thing I did like about this guy's sound is the beats.

Sounds Like: 
llly
Sounds Like: 
Tuka?
Name: 
Taylor
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2015
Artist: 
Missy Elliot
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

Missy Elliot is back with her new single “WTF (Where They From)” featuring Pharrell Williams. The lyrics are fun and kind of quirky, something Missy presents well. The rapping is very rhythmic and almost is a beat in and of itself. I love the use of the airhorn sound effect in the song, and the breakdown of the beat at the end was very nice. Pharrell always brings an interesting quality to songs he works on, and it’s exciting that the two are working together! Can’t wait to see what she does next!

Sounds Like: 
Nicki Minaj (in that they're both female rappers)
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2015
Artist: 
Trenton P
Label: 
Self Released
Sounds Like: 
G-Easy
Sounds Like: 
Machine Gun Kelly
Sounds Like: 
Kid Ink
Sounds Like: 
Twista
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2015
Artist: 
Prof
Label: 
Rhymesayers Entertainment

As a person not particularly familiar with the undergroup hip hop scene--especially that of, of all places, Minnesota--I'll do by best to do this album justice. Overall, I am a big fan. It's worth noting that this album has sixteen tracks, but I feel like Prof could make an equally diverse release with an EP. His flow is unlike what I've heard before. He's confident and funny, as if he doesn't take much seriously and knows how cool that is. Every track is its own on this album and its a great introduction to how much range great hip hop artists can have.

Sounds Like: 
(for lack of better comparisons)
Sounds Like: 
a lil Danny Brown, a lil Chance, a lil Tyler
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2015
Artist: 
Harry Hudson
Label: 
Self Released
Harry Hudson is an irresistable 19 year old who has gone through some amazing struggles to get to where he is now. He is the person that Justin Beiber wish he could be. The 6 songs on the EP are just really good, being the 18 year old girl I am. I would totally fan girl and watch him in concert if he came out here, not going to lie. I've seriously listened to the entire EP like 5 times.  This album is what girls will fangirl too and he will probably be on the cover of some girly teen magazine sometime soon. 
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
The Weekend
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2015
Artist: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Rich The Kid and Ty Dolla Sign
Label: 
OVO Sound/Warner Bros

The beginning of this track seemed relatively hopeful, but by the end, I was pretty disappointed. Routine Rouge is a pretty standard PARTYNEXTDOOR song, consisting of autotune-carried lyrics about “pound after the pound.” The beginning is almost a little spooky – perfect for Halloween! Similarly, the production sounds like something off of Kendrick Lamar’s legendary Section 80, but continues into PARTYNEXTDOOR’s typical baby-making music.

 

Sounds Like: 
Anything by PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd ft. Autotune
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2015
Artist: 
French Montana (feat. Fetty Wap and Monty)
Label: 
Bad Boy/Interscope Records

In preparation for the release of their joint mixtape, Coke Zoo, French Montana and Fetty Wap have come out with a few singles, one being "Freaky". Needless to say Fetty Wap hit the industry hard this year. But with the beat built around "Yeaaaahh baby!", his trademark voice is a little played out in this single. The song starts off with a creepy (but in a good way) intro then goes into an equally good chorus. Unfortunately, French Montana verse really wasn't anything special.

Sounds Like: 
Juicy J
Sounds Like: 
Meek Mill
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2015
Artist: 
G-Eazy
Label: 
PG, RVG, RCA

I really like the G-Eazy track, easily the best track I've heard buy G-Eazy in a while. It flows well and I love the beats. 

Sounds Like: 
Carnage - I like tuh (g-eazy remix)
Name: 
Kuvaal Patel
Date Reviewed: 
10/16/2015
Artist: 
Run The Jewels
Label: 
Mass Appeal

Meow The Jewels, the cat-themed remix of Run The Jewels’ second album Run The Jewels started as a joke, but following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, is now a fully realized remix album featuring a wide variety of notable artists. Starting with Snoop Dogg himself making cat noises for the album, Meow The Jewels then proceeds with remixes of essentially every song on RTJ2 with a wide range of styles, all tied together with the central feline theme.

Sounds Like: 
Killer Mike
Sounds Like: 
El-P
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Name: 
Leo Hamerlynck
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2015
Artist: 
M.I.A.
Label: 
self-released

This is M.I.A. latest single since her last album Matangi that came out 2 years ago. I think it's been removed from soundcloud since she released it pretty randomly a month ago, so this CD is a good place to find the song. At age 39, she is really showing the world that she's bad as f*ck and still has a lot going for her. That being said, this single was on point with its message/lyrics. "Some people see planes, some people see drones" is a particularly striking line.

Sounds Like: 
Rye Rye
Sounds Like: 
(pretty unique sound though)
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2015
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