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50 Cent: The Massace: Special Edition [CD/DVD]

Fiddy's no Brando, he probably isn't even a Tupac, but he can do a good imitation of someone writing a rhyme on the decks of a production studio or looking out the window of a tour van.

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AZ: A.W.O.L.

AZ is a ninja-Zorro-pirate-samurai-Neo-Tony Montana-Shaft-ass mofo on the mic, for serious!"

Lee Henderson
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Young Jeezy: Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Guess Who's Bizzack! Young Jeezy blazed the mix tape scene. His Def Jam debut proves Jay-Z knows how to treat his 'new bitch, corporate America'.

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Tony Yayo: Thoughts of a Predicate Felon

These big-budget CDs are interesting for the same reasons we go see the summer blockbuster: to check out this year's latest special effects introduced in basically the same story we watched last summer.

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The Pharcyde: Humboldt Beginnings

Why can't the Pharcyde be funny?"

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They Shoot Horses Don't They

This band is better than every other band on earth, even if you combined all the other bands on earth into one gigantic band -- this band would still be better than that band.' Yet another Canadian collective claims a young writer's heart.

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B.G.: Heart of tha Streetz Vol. 1

At his best B. Gizzle is the Dirty South's anti-Robocop machine.

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Beanie Sigel: The B. Coming

This is another insanely over-produced rap record for old people who still want gangsta but none of the loudness associated with it.

Lee Henderson
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Daedelus: Exquisite Corpse

Daedelus, the humble producer, is way more impressive than he realizes, and this album is almost proof.

Lee Henderson
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The Ying Yang Twins: United States of Atlanta

The Ying Yang Twins are filthy misogynistic geniuses, and their new record is their most derivative and brilliant yet.

Lee Henderson
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Subtle: A New White

Anticon draws its rock influences to the surface of its hip-hop stream, as Doseone and bandmates create the first post-rock rap record, a landmark debut that went unnoticed last year.

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Gruf: Hopeless

The Canadian North has microphone fiends, and producers gone grime, and you ain't heard of that?"

Lee Henderson
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Do or Die: D.O.D.

Do or Die follow their younger Chicago colleagues, Twista and Kanye West, into the American limelight with this impressive but lousily packaged new record.

Lee Henderson
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The Lumberjacks: The Goodie Mob Presents... Livin' Life as Lumberjacks

The Goodie Mob try the power of positive thinking to deal with the loss of another member, compelling the remaining two MCs to pose under the beard of the Lumberjacks and release an album that works hard but not especially well.

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Thomas Fehlmann: Lowflow

Ambient in the age of Prefuse 73 sees Orb collaborator Thomas Fehlmann working the clicks & cuts into impressive sonic smokescapes to achieve an album that struggles to attain solidity in a genre that sees too much ephemera.

Lee Henderson
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UGK: Chopped & Screwed

You think being chopped and screwed doesn't sound like a good time? Listen again...

Lee Henderson
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Ammoncontact: One in an Infinity of Ways

Ammoncontact is hip-hop in the shade of Ninja Tune and Mo' Wax, and these are two very relaxing trees to hang out under, especially because you can bring your laptop.

Lee Henderson
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Kid Spatula: Meast

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Lil' Jon: Crunk Juice

On a musical level, Lil' Jon is the Raffi of gangsta rap. This is speak-and-spell rap.

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Snoop Dogg: Bigg Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tour [DVD]

The filmmakers start to draw out a larger message: The Drug War was a second American Civil War, led by a racist Southern family named Bush, to re-imprison blacks and other minorities.

Lee Henderson
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Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Clan's Greatest Hits

The Wu-Tang Clan is a group of artists whose reputation could grow to become as important to modern history as Dada or Motown.

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