Heems - Eat Pray Thug

"Eat Pray Thug" speaks for the disenfrancished, fractured elements of Heem's post 9/11 New York.

Jarren Benton - Slow Motion Volume One EP

Despite a few mishaps, Jarren Benton delivers another solid effort.

Cannibal Ox - Blade Of The Ronin

"Blade of the Ronin" has cinematic undertones, with instrumental skits providing a loose inter-track cohesion.

Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode Of (EP)

"A Special Episode Of - EP" is charming, venomous and packed with his unusually superb wordplay.

Future Brown - Future Brown

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 The Prynce - Black Hystori Project 2: NAACP

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 - All Hands

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 - The Ecology

Fashawn’s sophomore release is a strong follow-up, six years in the making, that hits hard while preaching perseverance.

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD - Sour Soul

"Sour Soul" doesn’t belong entirely to its main rapper and a primary investment in the music itself has paid off.

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

On his third studio album, the G.O.O.D. Music emcee is ready to seize the spotlight.

Chris Brown & Tyga - Fan Of A Fan The Album

The duo's "Fan Of A Fan The Album" has its highlights, but falls short of both artists lofty ambitions.

Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Half Yoruba spiritual and half electronic R&B, Ibeyi’s debut is drenched in rhythm and quirky originality.

Slim Thug - Hogg Life: The Beginning

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.

Drake - If You're Reading This Its Too Late

"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 - Non-Fiction

Ne-Yo's long string of successes allow "Non-Fiction" to glide along, buttressed by his uncanny songwriting and Pop sensibilities.

Kid Ink - Full Speed

"Full Speed" is as the title suggests, a doubling down on the formula that has brought Kid Ink so much success in the past.