Marcus Dowling

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Bosco - Boy (EP)

Tormented and artistic, Bosco's "Boy" molds morose, soulful musicality into modernist hieroglyphs.

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Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money

As ostentatious as it is ambitious, "Dreams Worth More Than Money" falls just short of its own lofty expectations.

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Elijah Blake - Shadows and Diamonds

Aiming for greatness, the album settles for being an ear warming and hour-long diversion.

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Jamie xx - In Colour

"In Colour" is a lucid, dense and unique blend of UK club and mainstream American pop.

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Boosie Badazz - Touch Down 2 Cause Hell

Boozie Badazz' "Touch Down 2 Cause Hell" is an album that is as much a wild party as it is a brutally honest, raucous listen.

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Kehlani - You Should Be Here

The youthful blend of the pensive and the oh-so-excited that’s presented on "You Should Be Here" is the beginning of a signature Kehlani sound.

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Shlohmo - Dark Red

"Dark Red" is a brooding descent into the aimless rage of the modern world.

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Yelawolf - Love Story

Yelawolf's "Love Story" is a mixed bag of multiplicity all pining for attention at once, but only one can win at a time.

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Wale - The Album About Nothing

In attempting to placate mainstream tastes, Wale falls short of the album being the unique and idea-bending success the 2010 mixtape was.

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The Blueprint: 5 Alternative Ways Lil Wayne Can Release "Tha Carter V"

Because Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V" doesn't look to be coming out on Cash Money Records any time soon, we thought of a few other ways he might release his final edition in "Tha Carter" series.

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Chris Brown & Tyga - Fan Of A Fan The Album

The duo's "Fan Of A Fan The Album" has its highlights, but falls short of both artists lofty ambitions.

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Slim Thug - Hogg Life: The Beginning

Idyllic in feel and often well-delivered, this album may not be a cohesive listen, but it is noteworthy, as Slim Thugg recounts his rise through the ranks.

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Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction

Ne-Yo's long string of successes allow "Non-Fiction" to glide along, buttressed by his uncanny songwriting and Pop sensibilities.

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Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Mark Ronson paints his Pop 70s gold and 80s purple, crafting a light, crisp funk experience on "Uptown Special."

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Mike Will Made-It - Ransom (Mixtape)

"Ransom," is a something for everyone buffet styled mixtape full of Mike Will's superlative production and more than a few standout verses.

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Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

"The Pinkprint" is a true foray into the mind and life of Nicki Minaj, tightly woven and intricately laid.

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Migos - Rich Ni**a Timeline

Migos' trunk-rattling lead up to their debut full-length see's the dynamic ATLiens refining their sound.

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M.O.P. - Street Certified

22 years into what has been a sometimes spectacular Rap career, M.O.P. continue to superlatively portray the grit and hustle of NYC Rap.

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Rapsody - Beauty And The Beast (EP)

Rapsody's "Beauty and The Beast" is a stellar take on her strengths, but doesn't experiment enough with her delivery to truly carry Jamla's searing production.

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Tinashe - Aquarius

Overall, Tinashe's debut succeds on almost every level, weaving her sultry voice, solid songwriting and stellar production to craft a cohesive debut.

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Ace Cosgrove - UsVsRobots

Ace Cosgrove is a storyteller who is truly adept at his craft, but on "UsVsRobots," modern beats don't quite mesh with his timeless flow.

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