HIPHOPDX ALBUM REVIEWS

  • Fashawn - The Ecology

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    Fashawn’s sophomore release is a strong follow-up, six years in the making, that hits hard while preaching perseverance.

  • 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.