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Category Archive for 'Rap/Hip Hop'

Check Our Catalog “Not to be misinterpreted as an institution teaching the Wu Tang Clan’s Shaolin ways, this is a collaborative project showcasing the new school of raps talents accompanied by the seminal producer’s blazing beats.” –Soul Culture

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Ne-Yo: Libra Scale

Check Our Catalog “Ne-Yo has crafted an epic full of party songs, beatific ballads and throbbing spy-movie club music. It’s lavish disco; the songs are cinematic in scope but have the unshakable hooks of great pop.” –Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “The album bubbles over with insidious grooves, inventive samples, and lissome rhyming about things frivolous and fraught. Several bold-faced friends make appearances, including Jamie Foxx on the jittery “Hustle Blood,’’ Janelle Monáe singing the hook of the pretty “Be Still,’’ and George Clinton and Too Short rasping it up on “Fo Yo [...]

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Curren$y: Pilot Talk II

Check Our Catalog “Curren$y’s second effort of 2010 is just straight-up solid…Spacy dreams of flight like the opening “Airborne Aquarium” alternate with more traditional numbers like the street single “Michael Knight,” which is packed with meaningful verses and a memorable chorus.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “In Wayne’s patented way, the songs feel tossed-off: He has a gift for making virtuosity sound casual, while delivering laugh-out-loud punch lines every few seconds. You won’t hear a funnier record all year. Jailbird or civilian, human or moon man, Lil Wayne is pop’s most reliable deliverer of unadulterated fun.” –Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “How can you not love Cee Lo? He’s a virtuoso rapper who has one of pop’s most unique singing voices. He’s a self-proclaimed lady-killer who’s roughly as tall as a mini-refrigerator and as broad as a Hummer. He wears pink suits. He put a song called “F*** You” in the Top 20. [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Few best-of-both-worlds collaborations work as well as Distant Relatives, which pairs Nas’ incendiary rhymes with the keening hooks and global rhythms that Bob Marley’s youngest son favors.” –Entertainment Weekly

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The Dream: Love King

Check Our Catalog “As bawdy, referential, and effortless-sounding as ever, Terius “The-Dream” Nash takes his long-playing love affair to the next level on this third solo effort, fading snappy summer-jam contenders into seething urban-rock suites.”–Spin Magazine

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The Roots: How I Got Over

Check Our Catalog “Any hip-hop act but the Roots would be bragging about camera time on “How I Got Over,” their first studio album since becoming the supremely flexible house band for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” But there’s no TV-star smugness on the Roots’ ninth studio album, “How I Got Over.” Instead, the group’s [...]

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Rick Ross: Teflon Don

Check Our Catalog “Losing none of the momentum put in motion by his 2009 effort, Deeper Than Rap, Rick Ross keeps a very good thing going on Teflon Don, arguably his best album to date.”–All Music Guide

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Drake: Thank Me Later

Check Our Catalog “The abundance of spacey synths and clattering, reverbed percussion makes Thank Me Later feel like ideal cruising music for a ramshackle UFO, but it also incorporates dynamics like few other hip-hop albums before it.” –Spin

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Check Our Catalog “B.o.B, the rapper behind recent smash ”Nothin’ on You,” wants to be a rock star. In between his debut’s nimble verses, he covers Vampire Weekend, collaborates with the singers from Weezer and Paramore, and plays arena-ready guitar.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Devin The Dude: Suite #420

Check Our Catalog “The AC/DC of trashy stoner rap…as the Dude would say, Suite #420 got it all rolled up, and you just gotta put a light on it.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “It has the right balance of line and harmony, the right feel for mass and momentum, the right sense of being in and of the moment, and above all, the sheer audacity to pull off the whole mighty and monumental work.” — All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “With a brand new sound, rich production, and a palpable sense of growth, graduation has come, and Kidz in the Hall have officially earned their degree in unadulterated artistry.”–Urb

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Ludacris: Battle of the Sexes

Check Our Catalog “Ludacris, the ever-underrated Atlanta MC, offers another good-humored album, this one aimed at the vexing relationships between men and women.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “This sequel may have little to do with the original, but if the title helps to point out this is the Shaolin poet’s best work since 1995′s Pt. 1, then so be it.”–All Music Guide

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Slaughterhouse: Slaughterhouse

Check Our Catalog “Slaughterhouse’s new album is relentlessly lyrical, which is the point. Equally talented and underrated, Royce, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, and Joe Budden came together and instantly created a situation where the sum was greater than the individual parts.”–Boston Globe

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Blakroc: Blakroc

Check Our Catalog “Its sound is hard but loose, rooted in sinewy beats by Patrick Carney, the Black Keys’ drummer, and spooky riffs by Dan Auerbach, its guitarist and singer.”–New York Times

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Wales: Attention Deficit

Check Our Catalog “Attention Deficit offers the best of both worlds; it’s pop music with integrity and brains. And, in the parlance of American Bandstand, you can dance to it!”–The Onion

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