"Eat Pray Thug" speaks for the disenfrancished, fractured elements of Heem's post 9/11 New York.
Despite a few mishaps, Jarren Benton delivers another solid effort.
"Blade of the Ronin" has cinematic undertones, with instrumental skits providing a loose inter-track cohesion.
"A Special Episode Of - EP" is charming, venomous and packed with his unusually superb wordplay.
Future Brown's eponymous LP swirls with open aired magnetism, at once inclusive and intimate as a celebration of seemingly disparate sounds come together.
Cyhi's "Black Hystori Project 2: NAACP" constantly reminds us that he is an artist more concerned with genuine expression rather than mainstream appeal.
Doomtree’s "All Hands," bings, crashes and dives to great effect, utilizing a sound that’s one-third punk, one-third underground and one-third "Yeezus."
Fashawn’s sophomore release is a strong follow-up, six years in the making, that hits hard while preaching perseverance.
"Sour Soul" doesn’t belong entirely to its main rapper and a primary investment in the music itself has paid off.
On his third studio album, the G.O.O.D. Music emcee is ready to seize the spotlight.
The duo's "Fan Of A Fan The Album" has its highlights, but falls short of both artists lofty ambitions.
Half Yoruba spiritual and half electronic R&B, Ibeyi’s debut is drenched in rhythm and quirky originality.
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.
"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's long string of successes allow "Non-Fiction" to glide along, buttressed by his uncanny songwriting and Pop sensibilities.
"Full Speed" is as the title suggests, a doubling down on the formula that has brought Kid Ink so much success in the past.