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9 Feb 2016 // 2:30 AM

Future: EVOL

EVOL doesn’t stand up to Future's critical peaks, but this could easily be seen as but a release to tide fans over before the next blockbuster.

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The New Faith of Kendrick Lamar: Dramatic Unity in ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Lamar's story is more that just a personal statement or expression; it seeks to bring light into a city corrupted by darkness.

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5 Feb 2016 // 10:30 AM

A$AP Rocky ft. Pharrell - “Hear Me” (Singles Going Steady)

A$AP Rocky is undeniably talented and has a number of rewind-worthy tracks, but this one’s a decent candidate for the dustbin.

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5 Feb 2016 // 2:00 AM

Jamie Woon: Making Time

Jamie Woon’s Making Time is a diligently watched pot that, predictably, refuses to boil.

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20 Jan 2016 // 12:00 PM

Rapper G-Eazy’s Career Is a Dream Come True

“It’s a challenge to go there, but I feel like some of the most powerful music is music that’s really personal and honest and open,” G-Eazy says of making himself vulnerable via his music.

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20 Jan 2016 // 2:15 AM

Future: Purple Reign

After one of rap's great runs, Future slows down by returning to the formula of the mixtape that started it all, minus the intangibles.

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A Tribe Called Quest: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 25th Anniversary Edition

This is an anniversary worth celebrating, but is this repackaging the best way to celebrate?

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18 Dec 2015 // 2:30 AM

Rick Ross: Black Market

Black Market sounds like a simulacrum of Ross's critical peak, Rich Forever.

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French Montana & Fetty Wap: Coke Zoo

What do you get when you mix French Montana’s Coke Boys with Fetty Wap’s Zoo Gang? You get ‘Coke Zoo’, of course.

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DJ Krush: Butterfly Effect

After a ten-year hiatus, the trip-hop legend returns to find the times have caught up with him.

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Many Strings to a Fiddle: The (Other)Worldly Sounds of QViolin

An astonishing performer of mixed heritage, Quetzal Guerrero (QViolin) finds a balance between down home earthy blues and the simmering elegance of otherworldly Latin rock.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 10 - “Et tu, Brute?”

Given this episode's recycling of season one's plot, it seems as though we’ve maybe seen most of what Empire has to offer.

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2 Dec 2015 // 2:04 AM

Roots Manuva: Bleeds

Roots Manuva proves that he stands high above the game on the fantastic Bleeds

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Freddie Gibbs: Shadow of a Doubt

On Shadow of a Doubt, nostalgia and desperation coat some of these songs, making the pain of them seem realer, while also giving us new angles on common crime-rap tropes.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 9 - “Sinned Against”

This week's episode "Sinned Against" was aptly titled, as it seemed a blatant transgression against believability and audience investment in the show.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 8 - “My Bad Parts”

At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

J Dilla: Dillatronic

Ma Dukes digs into her late son's backlog of unreleased work for a 41-track album of instrumental cuts influenced by electronic music.

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18 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

CeeLo Green: Heart Blanche

A decent album of pop-soul is dragged down by its three worst tracks, which also happen to be the record's biggest and boldest.

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Empire: Season 2, Episodes 5-6 - “A High Hope for a Low Heaven” / “True Love Never”

By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.

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11 Nov 2015 // 3:30 PM

Adian Coker - “Been There”

The British rapper's latest material sees him minimizing the aggression of his grittier excursions for a cooled and measured flow of liquid rhymes.

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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

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"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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