Little Simz is fearless in a world possibly unprepared for her inevitable takeover.
Lil Dicky is off-putting and Hip Hop’s latest great white hope all at once.
With “You Disgust Me” Alchemist & Oh No find solace in separating themselves from Rap’s reindeer games, once again.
Gunplay’s reputation precedes him, but with “Living Legend” he fails to maximize his potential.
“Twelve Reasons To Die II” literally applies the “making a movie” formula, but fails to fall in line with cult classics such as Prince Paul’s “A Prince Among Thieves.”
YES! manages to squash complaints that the Slum Village brand is no longer what it once was.
For all of the hate Troy Ave receives on “Major Without A Deal,” his greatest enemy is his own ego.
Dizzy Wright makes good on the potential for his story to touch different age demographics.
“STS x RJD2” has one of today’s brightest hopefuls showing crossover appeal with the help of a veteran producer.
The scene opens on Red Pill confronting his demons, and ends in Bukowskian fashion, with no answers whatsoever save hope.
Reinvigorated through the co-sign of Mello Music Group, Big Pooh meshes well with Apollo Brown.
“Kinison” means well, but Your Old Droog’s performance doesn’t match his abundant talent this time around.
"Yesterday's Tomorrow" is gentle and almost transcendent.
Hasan Salaam’s narratives effectively tell harsh truths about himself and the world around him.
"Festivus" is a confluence of arts and styles, culminating in a satisfying listen.
YG makes a way for his hungry supporting cast to shine.
Smoke DZA's charisma carries "The Outsiders," though its untimely collaborations end up ruling the day.
Bobby Shmurda quickly sets out to prove he is more than a one-hit wonder.
With "Intuition", Boaz arrives at his big moment prepared yet his execution somewhat lacks consistency.
On "The Great Year," The Black Opera use their distinct sound to take a stance, but there are moments when that stance could use some nuance.
Big K.R.I.T.'s "See Me On Top Vol. 4" a true mixtape in its form, but it doesn't serve as an entry point for new K.R.I.T. fans or preview "Cadillactica."