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DJ Khaled: I Changed a Lot

“… DJ not only does his usual talking over tracks, but features his Finga Licking fried chicken restaurant right on the album cover.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap

“Consider that the MC went from his debut Internet upload to superstar with a self-titled album all in a year-and-a-half and this is a stunning achievement, plus that rare, pleasingly unfiltered debut that captures an exciting upcoming artist with little refinement.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Machine Gun Kelly: General Admission

“General Admission can be corrosive and coarse like Nirvana’s In Utero, but while it lacks that album’s artistic weight, it’s proud to be unattractive which, oddly enough, becomes this druggy downer’s allure.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“In the end, the street-worthy effort seems more influenced by Maybach Music than Minaj, as it forsakes the paparazzi and gossip pages for the better and continues on the path first laid out on the man’s mixtapes.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Method Man: The Meth Lab

“Consider this a Meth-led posse LP aimed at returning fans, and a very good one at that.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Future: DS2

“…consider this a Schedule 2 album and lock up the medicine cabinet because Future makes it sound like the gateway to a magical, luminous place.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly

“Survivor’s guilt, realizing one’s destiny, and a Snoop Dogg performance of Doggystyle caliber are woven among it all; plus, highlights offer that Parliament-Funkadelic-styled subversion, as ‘The Blacker the Berry’ (‘The sweeter the juice’) offers revolutionary slogans and dips for the hip. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, and at the end of this […]

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Ludacris: Ludaversal

“Hip-hop has a towering pile of ‘the game needs me’ albums where an artist returns to stake their claim, but Ludaversal still feels fresh, alive, and needed, and maybe just because it comes from the unique voice that is Ludacris.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow

“Released along with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin — their locked-down, $5 million dollar, single-copy album-as-art release — A Better Tomorrow is further proof that, in 2014, the Wu-Tang Clan are a concept or collective led by RZA, and not necessarily a group. Their previous 2007 effort, 8 Diagrams, was the first clue that […]

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J. Cole: 2014 Forest Hills Drive

“Named after the address of his childhood home in North Carolina, J. Cole’s third studio effort was released with no supporting singles, and there are no featured artists, either, because 2014 Forest Hills Drive is one of those personal, conceptual, and ‘heavy’ albums. Most importantly, it’s admirable bordering on excellent, sure to inspire returning fans […]

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“Almost without fail… reviews pitched Run the Jewels as a more worthwhile and rewarding alternative to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, with the latter’s succession of big-name producers and expensive studios replaced by one dedicated, groundbreaking auteur, and its endless references to its creators’ wealth traded for an anti-materialism more in keeping with […]

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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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