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YG: Still Brazy

YG stakes his claim as one of California's most immersive scene-setters and gives us a defining anti-Donald Trump anthem for the ages.

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E-40: The Ball Street Journal

Legendary Bay Area rapper's eleventh album is 50% great and 50% an ill-fated attempt at pop. Sigh.

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The Game: LAX

On his third album, rap's estranged headcase follows his first post-G-Unit album with one of 2008's most consistent rap full-lengths.

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The Game: Doctors Advocate

Dr. Dre appears nowhere on Doctor's Advocate, except in the title, the sonic influence of most of the beats and about 80 times in every track. Rarely, if ever, has a hip-hop record been so dedicated to an absentee who wasn't a corpse.

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Waist Deep (2006)

"Save our streets! Save our streets!" So pronounce the earnest demonstrators who appear at the start of Waist Deep, their placards raised high, their faces showing frustration.

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The Game: The Documentary

There is a saying in the hip-hop community that goes 'game recognizes game'. Backed by all-star rap cast, it's easy to see why he was handpicked to be the west coast's new Nigga Wit Attitude by the only man with the right to -- Dr. Dre.

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