reviews

Red Pill - Look What This World Did To Us

The scene opens on Red Pill confronting his demons, and ends in Bukowskian fashion, with no answers whatsoever save hope.

Young Thug - Barter 6

Despite being Hip Hop’s most polarizing figure, Thugger stakes his claim as “New Atlanta”s best.

Bodega Bamz - Sidewalk Exec

"Sidewalk Exec" doesn’t push the envelope, but does establish Bodega Bamz as a voice to watch out of New York.

Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb

"Cherry Bomb" is an onslaught of airborne synths and gnarled stabs, the explosive instrumentals and Tyler's unabashed love for music shines through.

Curren$y - Pilot Talk 3

Curren$y remains remarkably consistent on this release, and it serves as a welcome addition to the Pilot Talk series.

Ludacris - Ludaversal

Ludacris' "Ludaversal" is the legendary emcee jubilant and somber, letting the public in on a rare peek behind his persona's curtain.

Wale - The Album About Nothing

In attempting to placate mainstream tastes, Wale falls short of the album being the unique and idea-bending success the 2010 mixtape was.

Rapper Big Pooh - Words Paint Pictures

Reinvigorated through the co-sign of Mello Music Group, Big Pooh meshes well with Apollo Brown.

Vic Spencer - The Cost Of Victory

While “rappers who rap about Rap” have often been criticized, Spencer’s skill with wordplay propels you through this project.

Mello Music Group - Persona

“Persona” practices what it preaches: unity, progress, and sheer talent, articulated through music.

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Odd Future’s sharpest rhymer is gloomy, but maintains a sense of maturity

Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson's "Mr. Wonderful" is a smogasbord of elements all featuring Bronsolino's signature quirkiness and lyrical prowess.

Da Mafia 6ix - Watch What U Wish

Sans Gangsta Boo and lightly seasoned appearances from the late Lord Infamous, “Watch What U Wish” is still a hellishly good time from Da Mafia 6ix.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

"To Pimp A Butterfly" is ambitious in its attempt to inspire a generation to change the world for the better and poignant enough to actually do so.

Ratking - 700 Fill

Unlike some of their 1990s-obsessed contemporaries, Ratking transcend rote nostalgia with a more eclectic palate.

G-Unit - The Beast is G-Unit

“The Beast is G-Unit” is a testament to the group’s new approach, and for a six-song EP, there is great diversity of sound.