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Kid Cudi: Indicud

“After an amicable split with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, Kid Cudi’s third official album landed on Island proper….[I]t’s an entertaining, vibrant, and artistically filling album, so consider it a ‘presents’ effort and enjoy the show.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Earl Sweatshirt: Doris

“With the 2010 drop of his debut mixtape, Earl, rapper Earl Sweatshirt became one of the main reasons the underground rap crew Odd Future went from obscurity to everywhere….[T]here are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The Heist

“The Heist comes off as instant, alive, and oh so welcoming….These two talented young bucks can’t be contained, and hearing them offer one memorable, meaty number after another makes for an exciting listen….The Heist winds up a rich combination of fresh and familiar.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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A$AP Rocky: Long.Live.A$AP

“A$AP Rocky comes off as rap’s Jim Morrison, offering an accessible, attractive, and brutish journey into darkness while remaining true to his spirit.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music

“Steeped in tradition but always looking for a better tomorrow, rapper Killer Mike already had an incredibly strong discography before R.A.P. Music landed, but here he hits harder than any of his fans could have hoped… Revolutionary stuff and absolutely no fluff, R.A.P. Music is outstanding.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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El-P: Cancer4Cure

“Cancer4Cure is about hip-hop like Glengarry Glen Ross was about sales, but these great works transcend their industries, offering solace and inspiration to anyone who would prefer a satisfied mind over a Cadillac Eldorado, or in current terms, an Escalade.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Death Grips: The Money Store

“The Money Store is an important record that’s also compelling, loaded with kinetic blows against the empire and fully stuffed with that attractive maverick spirit.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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The Alchemist: Russian Roulette

“[A] very ’70s and very psychedelic album — Russian Roulette is the Alchemist going solo and thematic, constructing tracks by sampling old Russian records — jazzy, psychedelic, soulful, and otherwise — and grabbing some dialog from ’80s movies that were cold war-themed. His final touch is the jaw-droppingly excellent guest list that contributes to these [...]

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“Offered the opportunity to direct a karate flick — and with all the freedom, funding, and flash that an executive producer like Quentin Tarantino would allow — Wu-Tang leader and kung-fu fanatic RZA must have been like a kid in a candy store. Still, the soundtrack to his directorial debut is classic, restrained RZA, as [...]

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“K’NAAN['s] 2012 effort, Country, God or the Girl, another grand step down the Wyclef and U2 road where you’ll find sincerity, grandness, poignancy, political anthems, and big productions. …K’NAAN’s a rock-solid songwriter with a charismatic delivery that rains down sparks of cool guy and clever, so call this familiar but rewarding one ‘Gracedland’ or just [...]

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