Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
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Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Compton-based rapper Kendrick Lamar’s brilliant good kid, m.A.A.d city is an inspired trip that reminds us that some artists are still making complete albums with realized visions and cinematic sensibilities. At just 25, Lamar’s wisdom is off the chain and his abilities on the microphone are amazing. He draws out bars in double and triple time, easing through … Continue reading »

Trey Songz – Chapter V
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Trey Songz – Chapter V

There’s little doubt that Trey Songz, the Virginia-born singer and rapper, has taken more than a few pages out of R. Kelly’s book. Songz has the proclivity for sexualizing everything down pat and exacts emotional spasms at times, enlarging words in a corny gospel-meets-porno tenor and rubbing his moderate vocal talents for all they’re worth. Continue reading »

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
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Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

At her best, Nicki Minaj is a perverse Barbie doll with a filthy mouth, a bogus accent, and semi-psychotic leanings. At her worst, the Queens-based rapper and singer produces the sort of bland noise that can be found on just about every other rap-tinged pop recording. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is Minaj’s second album and it finds her … Continue reading »

Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done
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Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done

Queens rapper Action Bronson knows his culinary delights, that’s for damn sure. As a chef-turned-emcee, he’s not above dropping names like Morimoto between references to duck prosciutto and smoked brisket. His Well Done, an apt title if there ever was one, isn’t all food references and lip-smacking notions. Proud of his Albanian descent, Action Bronson rolls easily over … Continue reading »

Immortal Technique – The Martyr
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Immortal Technique – The Martyr

Rapper Immortal Technique opens The Martyr, his free mixtape, with a commandment to burn the music onto a CD for the purposes of sharing it with as many people as humanly possible. The album from the Peruvian-born, New York-based emcee is an astounding piece of dedication and intelligence, a sea of information and political science set to … Continue reading »