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50 Cent: Before I Self Destruct

One might think that the worst outcome for an artist like 50 Cent would be to alienate enough people to render himself completely alone in the music industry.

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Jeff Buckley: Grace Around the World (Deluxe Edition)

Fifteen years after the release of Jeff Buckley's seminal Grace comes Grace Around the World, a very worthwhile DVD/CD set of live performances from his 1994-1995 world tour with lots of bonus material.

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Q-Tip: The Rennaisance

Logical thought could have safely concluded on November 3rd that yes, Barack Obama would be elected President, and yes, the new Q-Tip album would be good.

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Slacker Uprising

With substandard picture quality and a lack of true eye-opening material, this will be regarded as a minor work in an otherwise impressive film canon.

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Skillz: The Million Dollar Backpack

The third official album from underground hip-hop impresario Skillz is a quality LP that won't draw many new converts, but should, however, keep the Okay Player crowd pleased.

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GZA/Genius: Pro Tools

The latest album from one of hip-hop's greatest lyricists quietly adds to one of the most consistent solo rap careers, but it will most likely fail to even reach those who continue to lament the downfall of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Anthony Henriques
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Chromeo: Fancier Footwork

This quick, deluxe reissue makes up for any label pandering by actually containing worthwhile bonus material.

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Killer Mike: I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II

Killer Mike cut down on the promotional posse-cuts that took up half of his last album, thus rendering the second installment of his I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind series his most essential album, a fully realized example of his incredible promise.

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The Minstrel Show is Poppin'

The introduction to the video for "Poppin'" provides a pretty good summation of what viewers can expect: "Hopeless Records Presents All Time Low."

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Dissecting Nas’ Untitled - Part 3

Tracks four and five: the triumphant pop songs...

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RZA as Bobby Digital: Digi Snacks

The third album from RZA's alter-ego is the best of the trilogy and sufficient enough to briefly prolong the perpetual anticipation of his supposed masterpiece, The Cure.

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Nas: Untitled

Nas's ninth studio LP lost its title. Its content, however, deserves far more dialogue than the controversy generated by what he wanted to call it.

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8Ball and MJG: We Are the South: Greatest Hits

The new Greatest Hits album from the legendary Memphis duo draws completely from their peak period and sounds like the classic album that has eluded them their whole career rather than a "best of" collection.

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Kidz in the Hall: The In Crowd

Sophomore album from Ivy League-educated duo improves upon the promise they showed on their first album.

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N.E.R.D.: Seeing Sounds

The third album from Neptunes' side project is their most club-ready record as well as their most consistent, though it will probably be as polarizing as Pharrell's trend setting.

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Plantlife: Time Traveler

The second album from LA artist Jack Splash, under the name Plantlife, shows promise in a rage of production styles, but fails to establish an identity for him as a vocalist.

Anthony Henriques
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Big Moe: Unfinished Business

The first posthumous album from the little-known Houston, TX, legend serves as a celebration of the type of music Big Moe represented, not a mournful attempt to show the world what they missed.

Anthony Henriques
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Prodigy: H.N.I.C. Pt. 2

Prodigy has met the demands to make more mature music, but instead of growing up in a traditional sense, his gangster personality has matured into that of a paranoid, nihilistic outsider.

Anthony Henriques
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