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Tinashe - Aquarius
Overall, Tinashe's debut succeds on almost every level, weaving her sultry voice, solid songwriting and stellar production to craft a cohesive debut.
Madchild - Switched on
With "Switched On," Madchild is playing to his strengths, but he shines best when he takes risks.
Ace Cosgrove - UsVsRobots
Ace Cosgrove is a storyteller who is truly adept at his craft, but on "UsVsRobots," modern beats don't quite mesh with his timeless flow.
Diamond D - Diam Piece
Diamond D's "Diam Piece" features superlative production and deft flows, but settles too neatly into a groove that doesn't quite allow escape velocity.
Hustle Gang - G.D.O.D. II (Mixtape)
While serviceable in spurts, Hustle Gang's "G.D.O.D. II" provides 20 mostly vapid trap-related offerings with little entertainment value or introspection.
Lil' Kim - Hard Core 2k14 (Mixtape)
For the majority of "Hard Core 2k14," Lil' Kim unsuccessfully chases new trends instead of banking on the underrated skill set that made her a star.
Big K.R.I.T - See Me On Top Vol. 4 (Mixtape)
Big K.R.I.T.'s "See Me On Top Vol. 4" a true mixtape in its form, but it doesn't serve as an entry point for new K.R.I.T. fans or preview "Cadillactica."
Joell Ortiz - House Slippers
"House Slippers" is technically sharp and creatively transparent, but ill-fitting, R&B-infused tracks spliced between stronger efforts, hinder its consistency.
Lecrae - Anomaly
Despite resorting to generalities at times, Lecrae's "Anomaly" is about being different. The fact that Lecrae actually is makes it a solid, genuine effort.
Chris Brown - X
Chris Brown's attempts at appealing to all corners of the urban pop spectrum at-present are commendable, but possibly a case of the vocalist doing too much.
Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark - Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark
Slimkid 3 and DJ Nu-Mark offer a solid but sometimes inconsistent product with their self-titled, collaborative effort. It's nostalgic but not progressive.
Lil Bibby - Free Crack 2 (Mixtape)
"Free Crack 2" is a step-up from its predecessor in both production value and expectations, but Lil Bibby swerves slightly, creating a fractured listen.
Jhene Aiko - Souled Out
Jhene Aiko's sterling debut brings a level of honesty, depth of feeling and candor to the R&B space, but stagnates just enough to cheapen its dreamscape.
Rittz - Next To Nothing
"Next To Nothing" finds Rittz at home over dynamic production, blending early mixtape strategy with new material which to appease old fans and gain new ones.
Curren$y - Saturday Night Car Tunes (Mixtape)
Curren$y's wit and wordplay are present throughout "Saturday Night Car Tunes," but a lack of cohesion and focus keeps the mixtape from reaching elite status.
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