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T.I. - Paperwork
T.I.'s "Paperwork" plays out as an uneven effort that isn't so much inherently flawed as it is unentertaining through long stretches.
Cozz - Cozz & Effect
There's bourgeoning imagination in every stanza. "Cozz & Effect" brims with promise.
Childish Gambino - Kauai (EP)
Childish Gambino's "Kauai" does an admirable job putting raw feelings before agendas or aesthetics, and it is easy to enjoy as a result.
Game - Blood Moon: The Year Of The Wolf
"Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf" starts strong and is at times well crafted, but loses it's focus through features enough to detract from the project's cohesion.
Keyshia Cole - Point Of No Return
Keyshia Cole successfully expresses fervent, unfettered emotion on "Point Of No Return", but finds it challenging to deliver a stand out single.
Diamond District - March On Washington
With "March On Washington," Diamond District provide a concise, diverse package that showcases their skills while providing entertainment and social commentary.
Rapsody - Beauty And The Beast (EP)
Rapsody's "Beauty and The Beast" is a stellar take on her strengths, but doesn't experiment enough with her delivery to truly carry Jamla's searing production.
Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
FlyLo's fifth LP is intimate and ethereal, and though its title embraces the macabre, the project favors liberation over lamentation.
Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait
Concise, jarring, and ominous, "Hell Can Wait" succeeds at conveying the apocalypse of some realities, turning a local lament in to a universal one.
The Black Opera - The Great Year
On "The Great Year," The Black Opera use their distinct sound to take a stance, but there are moments when that stance could use some nuance.
Saigon - GSNT 3: The Troubled Times Of Brian Carenard
Saigon's latest iteration of "Greatest Story Never Told" isn't a retread, but it's a reminder that he's capable of better.
OnCue - Angry Young Man
"Angry Young Man" finds OnCue immolating himself on wax with hell-bent bars over gnarled guitar synths, but he flattens out as songs become repeat affiars.
Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM - NehruvianDOOM
Experimental in almost all the right ways and filled with well-crafted, ominous beats, "NehruvianDOOM" is a step up for the emcee in his young career.
Childish Gambino - STN MTN
STN MTN has Childish Gambino rapping over the most accessible production of his career, but we also see his rhyme schemes fall short where they usually shine.
Rich Gang - Tha Tour Pt. 1 (Mixtape)
The bizarre trinity of Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan makes for a surprisingly trap-love-fest that hypnotizes you for its entirety.
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