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“The soundtrack to¬†Divergent, the first film adapted from Veronica Roth’s dystopian young adult novel series, reflects the story’s high-tech future — in which people are separated into factions based on their virtues — in its mix of EDM and hip-hop.¬†Even if the EDM craze had peaked somewhat by the time of the film’s 2014 release, [...]

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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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Danny Brown: Old

“[W]hile Old often seems like a hip-hop kaleidoscope exploding across the speakers, it’s also crafted and paced, split down the middle like a great LP with a sure start and a freeing finish. If XXX was the come-up and the ‘Grown Up’ single was the breakthrough, this is the masterpiece.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Moe Pope: Let The Right Ones In

“Moe Pope and Rain are a duo hailing from Boston, MA who dropped their latest album, ‘Let The Right Ones In’, back on January 22, 2013. The album is ‘an all original sample-free release combining hip-hop, indie-rock and electronic music.’ It features guest appearances from Reks, John Robinson, Blacastan, Julia Easterlin, and Dua Boakye (of [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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“It’s an amazing, cool, and filling mix, and with Homeboy himself being that right mix of persuasive and challenging, First of a Living Breed is an easy recommendation for any lyric-loving hip-hop head.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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