Review: The Breaklites – I ♥ America

Review: The Breaklites – I ♥ America
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This eight-track album sounds like hometown, suburban rap. The flows are great examples of simple hip-hop storytelling with an added ’80s funk-electro vibe. I’ll keep a couple songs on a pregame playlist and the rest are worth listening to for the interesting story and upbeat rhythm. … read more

Local Review: Fleetwood – Saying Goodbye

Local Review: Fleetwood – Saying Goodbye
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Fleetwood puts his soul into the lyrics on this album, which is a defining quality for an artist. He vocalizes what he knows, speaking on topics such as family, love, his hometown and his career. … read more

Local Review: Grits Green – Imagination In Motion

Local Review: Grits Green – Imagination In Motion
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I commend Grits Green for having a unique and innovative sound in their most recent album, Imagination in Motion—though it’s hard to classify it as solely hip-hop/rap. … read more

Local Review: gLife – All I Know

Local Review: gLife – All I Know
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All I Know is an orchestrated mix of classical sounds with hometown flows from gLife. This album has a blend of uplifting, hard-hitting, independent songs and somber melodies about love and life. … read more

Review: Tunde Olaniran – Yung Archetype

Review: Tunde Olaniran – Yung Archetype
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Yung Archetype, a five-track EP, is one of the most innovative pieces I’ve heard in a while. The electro-pop, street sound reminds me of the late ’80s/early ’90s hip-hop that was produced with drum machines. … read more

Local Review:  Q1 – The End Is To Begin

Local Review: Q1 – The End Is To Begin
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Anyone that pays homage to Eminem on his album has my respect. Q1’s debut solo album, The End is to Begin, has such a unique sound that exemplifies his passion for hip-hop. … read more

Review: Black Knights – Medieval Chamber

Review: Black Knights – Medieval Chamber
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Prepare for sounds of electronica with unrelated samples and effects, which are backed with an orchestra and an occasional chorus. Rugged Monk and Crisis spit harmoniously with the beats, hitting you with those West Coast, hard-hitting flows. … read more

Some Dope Thoughts with DopeThought

Some Dope Thoughts with DopeThought
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Each city with a recognizable hip hop scene shows its own characteristics in its music. “There is a strong religious and spiritual influence in Utah. It’s not gonna sound like other cities—it’s gonna sound like Salt Lake.” SLC gets a bad rap from outsiders when there are so many different types of people, especially those expressive through art. It’s as though Salt Lake has an established norm which gives outsiders a preconceived idea—most of us get lost in translation. MakeMind has a goal of changing that norm.  … read more