While "By Any Means" is a lean 56 minutes, Kevin Gates still finds room to entertain his schizophrenic tendencies and showcase his star quality.
Where "We Are Young Money" portrayed Young Money as one big Playboy-Mansion-style party, "Rise of an Empire" offers a gloomy portrait of a house divided.
Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Spirit" showcases a wide range of influences, yet also feels impersonal at times by seemingly pandering to Blacc's booming audience.
"Sound of the Weapon," is Verbal Kent's most damning proof that he's devoted notepads to mapping out lyrical obstacles.
Childish Gambino's sophomore set, "Because The Internet," is ambitious, self-referential, experimental and an overall improvement from his 2011 debut, "Camp."