Despite somewhat limited subject matter, Joey Fatts shines on "Chipper Jones Vol. 3" with heartfelt rhymes and diverse production.
Challenging listeners on "Cellar Door," The Underachievers' strong flows both help them stand out and also require great (yet rewarding) effort to process.
Sir Michael Rocks shrouds some of his trademark oddity in stock cuts and sheer confidence, but "Banco" remains an entertaining album nonetheless.
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With the help of Large Professor, "Mega Philosphy" showcases Cormega making an alternative yet solid case for grown up Rap.
Riff Raff's "Neon Icon" is neither entertaining as sheer parody, nor a passable attempt at making a sincere Hip Hop album when judged by its merits.
With "Faces," Mac Miller continues to show he's in on the joke walking the thin line between performance art and insanity.
Speak is fully inspired to relay relatable tales of tragedy and triumph on "Gnarly Davidson vs. The Marlboro Men."
Primed for the spotlight, Vince Staples benefits from strong connections, raw talent and poignant social commentary with the edgy "Shyne Coldchain 2."
While not the most technically sound rapper, YG's introspective moments, catchy singles and A-list cameos make "My Krazy Life" a solid major label debut.
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Dag Savage's "E&J" finds Exile and Johaz creating honest and traditional Hip Hop that is in touch with today's times.
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On "The Soul Tape 3," Fabolous displays what it takes to fill a sizable void and resurrect The Big Apple.
Bearing in mind we're unable to review every album as it's buzzing, HipHopDX catches up on reviews for Quadron's "Avalanche," Thundercat's "Apocalypse" and Castle's "Gasface."
Wearing the hats of businessman and creator, "Gravitas" has Talib Kweli reaping the benefits of hard work and dedication.
With "Dillinger," Alexander Spit's forward thinking becomes a gift and curse that requires investments of time and patience.
Domo Genesis, Left Brain and Hodgy Beats provide little in the way of anything interesting for the sober-minded on "MellowHigh."
With "Ghost At The Finish Line," Quelle Chris aims to grow past the layman comforts of playing the people's champion.
On "Old," the most exhausting aspects of Danny Brown's routine manage to convey an occasionally exciting tale of instability.