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“The year is 1999, and hip-hop is alive and well. The Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck, along with fabled Bostonians 7L & Esoteric, stumbled upon a time machine, and instead of busting a cap in Hitler, hooking up with Marilyn Monroe, or, investing stock in Apple, they chose to return to the 1-9-9-9. And their warped, [...]

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Drake: Nothing Was The Same

“After an EP and two albums that firmly established his moody, introspective style and made him a huge star, Drake’s third album, Nothing Was the Same, isn’t a huge departure but it does take some steps in new directions. Built around sped-up samples and Wu-Tang-inspired, spooky loops, the production retains the same basic style, but [...]

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Pusha T: My Name Is My Name

“With Pusha’s pen at full force and his performance a proper combination of cold and tense, the album is as if Clipse’s Hell Hath No Fury were atom-smashed into something more artful and unstable. My Name Is My Name is a remarkable and vital solo debut.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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DJ Khaled: Suffering From Success

“Those who would accuse DJ Khaled of using an overly audacious album title for this seventh studio effort are quickly schooled….Suffering from Success is… glorious… as Khaled continues to win, win, win no matter what, filling hooky highlights… with high power guest stars….Khaled does his usual cheerleading and gets some production credits himself, but the [...]

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Drake: Nothing Was The Same

“[I]t is worth exploring if you’ve been following Drake’s progression up till now….[T]he small changes to the sound and the slightly wider net his lyrics cast make it worthwhile. Plus, there aren’t many other rappers who do gloom as well as Drake and that’s something worth supporting, if only because it’s something different than the [...]

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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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J. Cole: Born Sinner

“If his debut found J. Cole bringing the sound of Drake down to the streets, the Roc Nation rapper’s sophomore effort finds him going for the full Illuminati and attempting an ambitious, multi-faceted album in the style of his label boss, Jay-Z….Born Sinner [is] a daring step forward for Cole and an exciting attempt at [...]

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Kanye West: Yeezus

“[T]his is the moment [West] becomes a swashbuckling Salvador Dali figure, chopping down all that’s conventional with highly imaginative work and crass, attention-grabbing attitude. Unlike Dali’s separate delivery of the two, Yeezus is an extravagant stunt with the high-art packed in, offering an eccentric, audacious, and gripping experience that’s vital and truly unlike anything else.” [...]

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Eve: Lip Lock

“Go ahead and call it a comeback, since Eve’s previous effort was promised, and then shelved, back in 2007, but this quite worthwhile 2013 album is certainly no throwback or return to form. Instead, Lip Lock is thoroughly modern Eve…. She’s sweeter than before and musically more adventurous.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Lil Wayne: I Am Not a Human Being 2

“Compared to the albums he’s released under the name Tha Carter, Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being series is noticeably looser. The quality control is certainly above mixtape or street-release level, but stray tracks and Carter leftovers are given their homes here, while the overall album flow is allowed to be reckless…. [A]nyone [...]

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Roc Marciano: Reloaded

“Laced with dialogue from Michael Mann, Woody Allen, Blaxploitation, and slasher flicks, as well as a few other sources, the productions maintain a steady low-key mood suited for bleary 3 a.m. listening… Grim and exultant at once, this is low-profile hustling on wax at its finest.” –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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Eminem: Encore

“Here, Eminem is plain-spoken and literal, intent on refuting every critic from Benzino at The Source to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog… While the album is a little long, it’s worth a listen to hear the moments that work really well, whether it’s full songs or flights of phrase.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Meek Mill: Dreams and Nightmares

“Having torn it up on the first two volumes of Maybach Music’s Self Made compilations, Philadelphia rapper and former Grand Hustle artist Meek Mill finally busts out on his own on Dreams and Nightmares… As far as graduations from mixtapes to major-label releases go, this one is still satisfying and a step forward, plus slicked [...]

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“This journey through the concrete jungle of Compton is worth taking because of the artistic richness within, plus the attraction of a whip-smart rapper flying high during his rookie season. Any hesitation about the horror of it all is quickly wiped away by Kendrick’s mix of true talk, open heart, open mind, and extended hand. [...]

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