Rap

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
Artist: 
Earl Sweatshirt
Label: 
Columbia Records

Although the release of his new album was quieter and less anticipation than promised due to a label mess up, Earl Sweatshirt's new album I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside is far from disappointing. It’s slow, dirty, and sloppy. In essence, this album is great to just chill out and relax to.

Sounds Like: 
Tyler the Creator
Sounds Like: 
Odd Future
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2015
Artist: 
Sol'Le
Label: 
n/a

Sol'Le is a rapper from Detroit, and this was an album of her singles from the past year. I thought this was a solid compliation. Her flow is really intense and urgent. She's a lot more into straight rhymes than sing-songy choruses, and the beats she raps on are pretty terse. While I wouldn't listen to this extensively on my own time because it isn't melodic as I personally like, it is a really solid and promising start from an emerging artist. Her rhymes are fairly clever and flow well, and she shows vision!

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West in Yeezus
Sounds Like: 
Dej Loaf -- partially because they're both female MC's from Detroit (sorry 4 stereotyping) but also they seriously both have that kinda childish (not in a bad way!!) androgynous voice
Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar especially at the end of "i" and in "The Blacker the Berry"
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015
Artist: 
Slum Village
Label: 
SV4Life

Pretty good single from Slum Village. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the album that goes with this. This is rap with a medium energy. It sounds pretty “hard” but not angry. The beats have a good energy but and it sounds pretty instrumental (trumpety). I think it would go well in a lot of hip hop shows. It isn’t too far out there. The lyrics are clean and his flow is killing it. Hip-hop is not my favorite genre but I would have this on my ipod. Think Flatbush Zombies but they toned done the drugs and tried to do more with their music.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Sounds Like: 
Jaden Smith
Name: 
Vincent Dominguez Jr.
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015