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Various Artists: 10 Years of Bling

Somewhere in the world of Platonic Ideals, there's a fantastic Cash Money retrospective -- this just isn't it.

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Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter III

Taken as conceptually provocative, anti-rational art, this is a monumental album full of powerful, self-defeating statements that obliterate rap's internal logic without offering too much more than indifferent bong logic in return.

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Kingston Trio: Once Upon a Time

Sun-bleached Californians who didn't have an Appalachian thought banging around their cube-shaped heads, they made good on the Hollywood Appropriation Myth, and rode Other People's Music up the escalator, towards the bank.

Drew Hinshaw
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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival

Fun, fast, seemingly flippant. What could it mean?

Drew Hinshaw
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Out of Africa: Barack Obama in Pan-African Music

While Barack Obama's candidacy has sparked new political interest within the United States, perhaps the best indication of his foreign policy advantage may be found in the music praising Obama coming from other countries around the world.

Drew Hinshaw
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The Dream: Love/Hate

Somewhere in the runaway life cycle of capitalism, empathy becomes the great need of the hour, and with that in mind, The-Dream has something few hitmakers can claim: a wide-angle lens.

Drew Hinshaw
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Soulja Boy: In Loco Parentis

As the genre collects some long-term history, hip-hop is starting to suffer from an age-confusion issue, embodied nowhere better than in the self-made teen sensation Soulja Boy.

Drew Hinshaw
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Snoop Dogg: Ego Trippin'

Ego Trippin' has more than a few moments where Snoop glides into the future, spicing and dicing a voice that heretofore was best served plain.

Drew Hinshaw
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Times New Viking: Rip It Off

A glowing example of how joyous and inclusive a theoretically repellent noise rock sound can be.

Drew Hinshaw
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Kanye West: Alter Ego

An opportunity for Kanye West the Self-Conscious Studio Artist to vent freely on Kanye West the Tabloid Creature.

Drew Hinshaw
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Jack Peñate: Matinée

An allegedly fun-spirited British singer-songwriter whose notion of eclecticism reduces every style his strumming-hand touches to value-neutral kitsch.

Drew Hinshaw
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Ofori Amponsah: Odwo

Amponsah's tenth record since 1999, is the duo's most consistent, economical and exciting to date. To Western ears, it's motion music, the soundtrack to an open-air road trip, full of promise and novelty.

Drew Hinshaw
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Deadly Packaging: The Cover Art of No Limit Records

If any one visual movement did justice to the absurd, untenable profitability of that dot-com windfall, it was the striking art of No Limit Records, the apex and nadir of commercial hip-hop thuggery.

Drew Hinshaw

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