HIPHOPDX ALBUM REVIEWS

  • Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD - Sour Soul

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    "Sour Soul" doesn’t belong entirely to its main rapper and a primary investment in the music itself has paid off.

  • Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

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    On his third studio album, the G.O.O.D. Music emcee is ready to seize the spotlight.

  • Chris Brown & Tyga - Fan Of A Fan The Album

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    The duo's "Fan Of A Fan The Album" has its highlights, but falls short of both artists lofty ambitions.

  • Ibeyi - Ibeyi

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    Half Yoruba spiritual and half electronic R&B, Ibeyi’s debut is drenched in rhythm and quirky originality.

  • Slim Thug - Hogg Life: The Beginning

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    Idyllic in feel and often well-delivered, this album may not be a cohesive listen, but it is noteworthy, as Slim Thugg recounts his rise through the ranks.

  • Drake - If You're Reading This Its Too Late

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    "If You’re Reading This Its Too Late" is a rap-opera for the wary, and finds Drake at the zenith of his musical powers.

  • Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction

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    Ne-Yo's long string of successes allow "Non-Fiction" to glide along, buttressed by his uncanny songwriting and Pop sensibilities.

  • Kid Ink - Full Speed

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    "Full Speed" is as the title suggests, a doubling down on the formula that has brought Kid Ink so much success in the past.

  • Your Old Droog - Kinison

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    “Kinison” means well, but Your Old Droog’s performance doesn’t match his abundant talent this time around.

  • Kenn Starr - Square One

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    Square One is humble and personal, while still laden with intelligent braggadocio.

  • Wara From The NBHD - If Guns Could Speak

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    The numerous quality moments on "If The Guns Could Speak" are more than enough to cement Wara's exponentially rising buzz.

  • Derek Minor - Empire

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    "Empire" is a bold body of work, with Derek Minor applying message to a form that can appear nihilistic.

  • Leather Corduroys - Season

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    "Season" is an eclectic tumult, and a more than satisfying look at what this young group can do.

  • Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show

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    Ladies and gentlemen, 2015’s first great R&B masterpiece has arrived.

  • Sadat X - Never Left

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    "Never Left" is blue-collar and honest, showing flashes of diversity while remaining distinctly New York at its core.

  • Lil Wayne - Sorry 4 The Wait 2

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    Although there are some bright sparks of creativity that remind us of his formidable days, Weezy’s lackluster punchlines, and poor attempts at song remakes is an uneasy indicator that "Tha Carter V" might not be worth the wait after all.