Rap

Artist: 
Le1f
Label: 
XL Recordings

Le1f has created a fun party rap album with lyrics and beats that are catchy, while also approaching and discussing major issues. He has a very sassy, in-your-face attitude about his personality and identity. There are some hard beats and fast rap takes up most of the beginning of the album, until about track nine, when Le1f approaches some deeper issues with slower backbeats. Definitely a layered album to listen to and play!

Sounds Like: 
Azealia Banks
Sounds Like: 
Mykki Blanco
Sounds Like: 
Zebra Katz
Name: 
Brianna Bartos
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2015
Artist: 
Fabolous
Label: 
Desert Storm

As I don't usually listen to hip-hop, this was an interesting album for me to review. Overall, I enjoyed listening to it. Among my favorite tracks was "Tell Ya Friends", which featured a really good guest apperance by The Weeknd. Many tracks on this mixtape featured other artists, among them Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz. I liked the beats in "Sorry Not Sorry" and "Trapline Bling", the cover/remix/derivative(?) of Drake's "Hotline Bling". I also liked that a few of the tracks referenced the show "Narcos".

Sounds Like: 
Hip-hop mixtapes
Name: 
Eric Newberry
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2015
Artist: 
Erykah Badu
Label: 
self released

Erykah Badu's But You Caint Use My Phone, is a really chill mixtape that Badu put together by mixing pop songs from the past 40 years that refer to phones. She has a really good ear for mixing and all of the songs are fun to listen to as they combine recognizable rap and pop from the past with some electronic sounds that imitate cell phones, dial tones, and such. Badu is a talented artist who has quite an interesting past. For example, "Ms. Jackson" the OutKast song is written to apologize to Badu's mother for Andre 3000 not being the father he should be.

Sounds Like: 
OutKast, but more feminine
Sounds Like: 
Jill Scott
Name: 
Taylor Ducklow
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2015
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