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Monday, December 9 2013

The Best Hip-Hop of 2013

Jewel running, megalomania, acid rap, and sasquatches -- hip-hop continues to surprise in 2013.


Sunday, January 1 2012

The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012

The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.


Tuesday, December 7 2010

The Best Hip-Hop of 2010

Epic, sleek, weed rap, emo, sociopolitical, gangsta, or house party? In which direction will hip-hop go? This was a year for all of the above.


Reviews

Thursday, December 11 2014

J. Cole: 2014 Forest Hills Drive

With 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole relies on on stimulating emotions by telling instead of evoking emotion by showing.


Sunday, July 14 2013

J. Cole: Born Sinner

J. Cole delivers with an impressive second album.


Tuesday, October 18 2011

J. Cole: Cole World: The Sideline Story

Young Simba delivers an impressive debut of his first season. Despite a couple missteps


Wednesday, October 12 2011

J. Cole: Cole World: The Sideline Story

After spending the better part of the past two years at the top of the internet hype machine, J. Cole finally releases his official debut, almost entirely produced and rapped by Cole himself.


Monday, February 28 2011

J. Cole: Friday Night Lights

J. Cole reluctantly returns to the mixtape scene to prep listeners for his ROC Nation debut, once again proving to be a master of his craft, even as he intentionally saves his best for the real thing.


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