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Bryson Tiller: Trapsoul

“Tiller has his sound and image nailed down, but not much of the content here has lasting value.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Mike Posner-At Night, Alone

“…this wide-reaching, sweet-hearted, and surprisingly hip talent is either a Bieber to believe in, or Eminem and Ellen Degeneres’ kid who graduated from that school in Fame.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Drake-Views

“As before, he casts himself as both the melancholy bachelor looking out over the city from his penthouse manor, and the criminally underrated rap genius demanding his due, and it’s one album too many for both personas.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Krizz Kaliko: Go

“This aptly titled, kinetic LP is more pop- and R&B-oriented than any previous release from the Strange Music MC…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“The bookends are tracks that aim to be masterworks and fall just one step short, but everything in between is delightful, stunning, or both, making the album’s title less than one-tenth apt, and Macklemore & Lewis both emo under-promisers and Grammy-worthy over-deliverers.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“He occasionally breaks out of the murk to make some noise, like on the strutting ‘6 God,’ but mostly he keeps his head down and the mood subdued. It makes for an album that’s hard to love right away, but if you stick with it, is a rewarding listen.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Various: 2015 Grammy Nominees

“Issued by RCA three weeks prior to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, 2015 Grammy Nominees, like yearly releases before it, emphasizes the ‘big four’ categories. Since four of the nominees for Record of the Year (namely ‘Chandelier,’ ‘Stay with Me,’ ‘Shake It Off,’ and ‘All About That Bass’ — were also up for Song […]

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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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“Ellen’s I’m Gonna Make You Dance Jams features a fairly broad assortment of upbeat, danceable music. It ranges as far back as 1971 for Aretha Franklin’s strutting ‘Rock Steady’ and is as current as 2012 with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ number one pop hit ‘Thrift Shop.’” –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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LL Cool J: Authentic

“When LL Cool J dubs his 2013 effort Authentic, the veteran rapper is referring to an album that’s authentically LL Cool J circa 2013, and not one that’s authentically hip-hop. That’s important to remember as the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink effort overflows with guests from every genre, like Public Enemy’s Chuck D, blink-182’s Travis Barker, Rage Against the […]

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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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