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Guilty Simpson: Ode to the Ghetto

On his fantastic debut, Simpson covers the good -- and bad -- sides of living in Detroit.

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Nicolay & Kay: Time:Line

On Nicolay's second album concocted through an Internet medium, he shows that lightning doesn't strike twice.

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Hi-Tek: Hi-Teknology, Volume 3: Underground

The third installment of his Hi-Teknology series proves to be one of his weakest.

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Amy Winehouse [2007 Rewind]

The sold-out crowd was clearly there to see Amy Winehouse wail about her demons while indulging them on stage -- they wanted a set equal parts bravado and booze...

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Freeway: Free At Last

Freeway shows that the Roc may still have some blood left in its veins on his sophomore record.

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Oh No: Dr. No's Oxperiment

On this instrumental opus, Oh No breezes his way through tracks of Middle Eastern chants and rich sitars.

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UGK: Underground Kingz

UGK reinvigorate Southern hip-hop on this epic double-disc record.

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Median: Medians Relief

After tightening up his flows with guest appearances on his brethren’s albums, Median has finally released the smooth and glistening Median’s Relief.

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Brother Reade: Rap Music

The duo, consisting of emcee Jimmy Jamz and producer Bobby Evans, soar through 15 tracks of dankly thick beats and poetic rhymes that transcend the banality of typical party stompers.

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"Not Because I'm Conscious": An Interview with Talib Kweli

The rapper says, "I just try to write songs," but he's tackling difficult subjects while trying to launch a business.

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Swizz Beatz: One Man Band Man

Swizz Beatz proves with his second release that he should stick to what his moniker implies he does best.

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Chrisette Michele: I Am

On her debut, Michele's voice is fitted to production that simply does not compliment her style.

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Black Attack & Butta Verses: Beats and Rhymes: Stereo Bytes Volume 1

With this double A-Side release, Beats and Rhymes fails to inject compelling hip-hop into the underground, a place where experimentation thrives.

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Marco Polo: Port Authority

Marco Polo mans the boards for a terrific album that channels the past in the context of the present.

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Amel Larrieux: Lovely Standards

On this cover album, Larrieux tries out her R&B chops in a jazz context.

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Snowgoons: German Lugers

Germany's own four-member production team releases a hip-hop record featuring mundane production that seems wasted on such an impressive array of emcees.

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Amy Winehouse + Patrick Wolf

The sold-out crowd was clearly there to see Amy Winehouse wail about her demons while indulging them on stage -- they wanted a set equal parts bravado and booze...

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High Priest: Born Identity

Life post-Antipop Consortium has been a trudge through the underground for each member.

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Since He Last Recorded: An Interview With RJD2

The former hip-hop producer explains the evolution of his sound and his inability to be like Steven Tyler.

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TTC: 36 15 TTC

TTC manage to test cultural boundaries while pushing musical ones.

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