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    The Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain

    Most people won't ride around bumping Lonely Island like a Lil Wayne album, but that doesn't mean it can't have a place in your collection.

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    Gorillaz - The Fall [Physical Release]

    While not the album's purpose, The Fall is a great Apple commercial at the very least.

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    Lil Wayne - The Rebirth

    After the last three years, Lil Wayne can do whatever the fuck he wants. "Can" and "should," however, are two very different things.

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    Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy

    The club-ready production might be an atypical backdrop for Thicke, but if you know where to look for it, Sex Threapy is still all about Robin and his favorite things

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    Rihanna - Rated R

    What Rihanna seems to be evolving into still doesn't have the spectacle of Lady Gaga, the glamor of Beyonce or the passion of Alicia Keys so her role in the Pop landscape is becoming unclear.

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    Chubb Rock & Wordsmith - Bridging The Gap

    This an unexpected collaboration but a potentially interesting one. Altogether, the Baltimore/Brooklyn duo doesn't quite reach the brass ring of what they're hypothetically capable of, but the album is good enough as a side project.

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    dead prez & DJ Green Lantern - Pulse Of The People

    Pulse of the People is good, but good in the way that Proust novels and environmental documentaries are; they're easy to appreciate intellectually but difficult to digest casually

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    U-God - Dopium

    Golden Arms returns with the strongest album since his debut, supported by great costars, and questioned by pure crossover attempts and remixes.

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    Paul Wall - Fast Life

    If you're having trouble remembering what the south sounded like back when you still got mixtapes from a trunk instead of ZShare, you won't find much better than this

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    Jadakiss - The Last Kiss

    Even if there are a handful of tracks that should've been shaved off, there's nothing outright bad on The Last Kiss and a lot that's good.

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    Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign

    Jones's cockiness still outpaces his performance to a degree, but anyone who stops by Pray IV Reign will get exactly what they paid for and you can't be mad at that

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    Havoc - Hidden Files

    Worth checking out for fans, Hidden Files isn't a disappointment, but if anything, it'll mostly just make you want to dust off The Infamous or Hell on Earth.

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    Cappadonna - Slang Prostitution

    The man responsible for the lethal verse on "Winter Warz" still has razor sharp lyrics, but suffers from generosity with the microphone, and producers that defy the ability to update the recipe with the trademark Wu ingredients

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    Anthony Hamilton - The Point Of It All

    Being "The Next Al Green" would be quite the achievement, but becoming the new standard would be better. Hamilton surely has more to offer us down the road, but in the meantime, The Point of it All will be a suitable placeholder

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    Q-Tip - The Renaissance

    Disregarding The Renaissance when you don't hear "Scenario 2008" will only make you feel silly when you finally learn to appreciate it in 2018.

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    88-Keys - The Death of Adam

    Judging by his recent history, 88-Keys has put off his outside production work in favor of his own career and if this is what he'll do with his time instead, it's a reasonable trade.

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    Cryme Tyme: Monday Night's Alright For Fightin'

    Hip Hop's representation in the the WWE speaks on stereotyping, and John Cena's rap abilities.

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    Heltah Skeltah - D.I.R.T.

    Given Rock's legal issues, Heltah Skeltah could be on the way to another long vacation. Hopefully for them, a follow-up won't take another decade, but at least their music is consistent even if their release schedule is not.

    Interview

    Asher Roth: Moment Of Clarity

    Has Asher Roth paid the dues and done the research to be here? HipHopDX gets the skinny from the Philly emcee.

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    Tech N9ne - Killer

    His approach is a bit heavy handed, but Tech N9ne is demanding to be taken seriously. Killer is definitely worth checking out.

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    Three 6 Mafia - Last 2 Walk

    It's hard to say if DJ Paul and Juicy J are better off without the others, but Last 2 Walk certainly proves that they're capable of carrying the weight.