Chris Brown's attempts at appealing to all corners of the urban pop spectrum at-present are commendable, but possibly a case of the vocalist doing too much.
Jhene Aiko's sterling debut brings a level of honesty, depth of feeling and candor to the R&B space, but stagnates just enough to cheapen its dreamscape.
Apple's acquisition of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats Electronics has seemingly opened the door for major corporations to get in bed with Hip Hop...for better or worse.
Despite the inclusion of several re-releases, Diplo's "Random White Dude Be Everywhere" creates the perfect middle ground between club-friendly Dance and Rap.
With "Trigga," Trey Songz succeeds using a simplified, "turnt up" formula for Pop stardom that excels at being commonplace, but not "common."
"And Then You Shoot Your Cousin?" is what happens when you give The Roots "f--k you" money and the ability to escape the bubble of Rap while still remaining relevant in Hip Hop culture.
Kelis' "Food" is an album that invites rest for the artist as much as it does the listener and is a welcomed, intriguing and appreciated listen.
In the race to amassing this new statement of ultimate Rap prosperity, between Diddy, Kanye West, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Pitbull & Nicki Minaj, there will be only one winner.
Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" offers inoffensive and turnt-up party jams but ultimately falls flat lacking depth or much variety in subject matter.
In embodying everything missing from modern Rap, without sounding dated or anachronistic in doing so, "Illmatic" could easily be the best rap release of 2014
From A$AP Rocky to Angel Haze, the recent success of EDM-infused Hip Hop has ushered in a crop of artists poised to capitalize on cross-genre crossover appeal.
Major Lazer's "Apocalypse Soon" is a modernized and very listenable journey to the heart of a several genres expertly merged together.
With "Revenge of the Dreamer," The J. Cole-led Dreamville quartet complete a picture of a solid vision, but none are yet greater than the sum of their parts.
Every story and hook on Isaiah Rashad's "Cilvia Demo" connects on a human level. What it lacks in depth is covered by excellent production and raw talent.
Don't expect hyper-intellectual motivation on French Montana's "Coke Boys 4." He delivers the usual mix of vapid, yet soulful lifestyle Rap songs.
Exclusive: Tek and Steele how even late nights partying can be parlayed into a musical message and how things have come full circle since "Bucktown."
While it's only comprised of a handful of original tracks, "The Abstract And The Dragon" is a cohesive mix of Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip's old and new material.
Pusha T is a better rapper, artist, personality and creative force than was shown on "My Name Is My Name." A "G.O.O.D." deal of the blame lies with the album's executive producer, Kanye West.
M.I.A.'s new album, "Matangi" brilliantly unifies the struggles of digital and universal minorities across the globe through the lens of Rap. So why aren't more people purchasing it?
Rap must find a way to rediscover the intrinsic connection to dance that lies at Hip Hop culture's core principles to avoid being killed by Electronic Dance Music's influence.
Lloyd Banks doesn't tread new lyrical territory with "FNO," but he tweaks a winning formula with a collection of songs that range from solid to catchy.