HIPHOPDX ALBUM REVIEWS

  • D'Angelo - Black Messiah

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    "Black Messiah" is ambitious and adventurous, and in that way it delivers wholly on the promise of D’Angelo as an artist.

  • Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

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    "The Pinkprint" is a true foray into the mind and life of Nicki Minaj, tightly woven and intricately laid.

  • Termanology - Shut Up And Rap

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    Termanology embraces East Coast boom-bap with hardcore lyricism and eschews “trap” on "Shut Up And Rap."

  • PRhyme - PRhyme

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    PRhyme's "PRhyme" is a no frills, beats and rhymes buffet anchored by the duo's undeniable chemistry.

  • Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons

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    Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons" once again acts as an action-film meted out on wax, with ups and downs all its own.

  • J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

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    J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" is an honest, vulnerable look into one man's journey back from the terrors of fame.

  • Smoke DZA & R.F.C. - The Outsiders

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    Smoke DZA's charisma carries "The Outsiders," though its untimely collaborations end up ruling the day.

  • Von Pea And The Other Guys – To:You

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    The Other Guys weave traditional boom-bap beats around Von Pea's imaginative lyrical narratives.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow

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    On "A Better Tomorrow," the Wu retain their legacy while preaching the power of contagious optimism.

  • Prodigy & Boogz Boogetz - Young Rollin' Stonerz

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    "Young Rollin' Stonerz" features a "Cheech & Chong" dynamic, and makes for an entertaining collaboration filled with half-baked cruising music.

  • Migos - Rich Ni**a Timeline

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    Migos' trunk-rattling lead up to their debut full-length see's the dynamic ATLiens refining their sound.

  • M.O.P. - Street Certified

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    22 years into what has been a sometimes spectacular Rap career, M.O.P. continue to superlatively portray the grit and hustle of NYC Rap.

  • Eminem & Various Artists - SHADYXV

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    Em, specifically, is the leader and master savant here, allowing each artist to come correct with an arsenal of lyrics.

  • Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire

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    Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire" rehashes much of Rozay's previous projects with little to no real emotion or imagination.

  • Joe Budden - Some Love Lost

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    Joe Budden goes full throttle on heartache on "Some Love Lost," relentlessly pouring gasoline on his troubles.

  • Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

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    Azealia Banks "Broke With Expensive Taste" is a chaotic album from an equally chaotic specimen in which we find her clearing a lane of her own.