Steven Goldstein

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    Review

    Kevin Gates - Luca Brasi 2 (Mixtape)

    The Baton Rouge baritone’s latest project is structurally fluid and extremely vulnerable.

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    Review

    Theophilus London - Vibes

    A visceral and diverse listen, Vibes offers well-executed experimentation over surreal production.

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    Review

    Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

    FlyLo's fifth LP is intimate and ethereal, and though its title embraces the macabre, the project favors liberation over lamentation.

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    Review

    Joell Ortiz - House Slippers

    "House Slippers" is technically sharp and creatively transparent, but ill-fitting, R&B-infused tracks spliced between stronger efforts, hinder its consistency.

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    Review

    Homeboy Sandman - Hallways

    The frank, off-kilter "Hallways" is excellent "grown up" Hip Hop that has no interest in romanticizing or condemning Homeboy Sandman's shortcomings.

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    Review

    Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

    Mick Jenkins' "The Water[s]" is an incredibly challenging project that requires multiple listens to fully unpack its meaning.

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    Cam'ron - 1st of the Month, Vol. 2 (EP)

    With "1st Of The Month Vol.2," Cam'ron efficiently whips between glimpses of '90s Harlem, mid-aughts parties and what the rest of his career could look like.

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    Review

    Alex Wiley - Village Party

    Alex Wiley's post-drill Village Party raises the bar on the artist's previous work, but fails to live up to its musical ambition enough to limit its enjoyment.

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    Review

    Pro Era - The Shift (EP)

    Pro Era's "The Shift" is the result of Brooklyn crate diggers turning on Hot 97, and the triumphs aren't without a few growing pains.

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    Review

    Freddie Gibbs & The Worlds Freshest - The Tonite Show

    While hindered by its brevity and limited concept, "The Tonite Show" excels with a polished aesthetic and a stark salute to the Golden Age West Coast.

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    Review

    Tech N9ne - Collabos: Strangeulation

    Though Tech N9ne played it surprisingly safe with the actual "Collabos," his Strange Music team is talented and cohesive enough to appease his loyal fanbase.

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    SZA - Z

    While sometimes falling victim to Pop platitudes, SZA's TDE debut is a strong, nostalgic trance about heartbreak and self-questioning.

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    Review

    Memphis Bleek - The Movement 2 (Mixtape)

    Memphis Bleek's "The Movement 2" contains more misses than hits but serves as a forum for reflection, flossing and an immense improvement from its predecessor.

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    Review

    Juvenile - The Fundamentals

    Juvenile lacks context to justify his fixation on thuggishness, making "The Fundamentals" depressingly desperate in its efforts to remain hip to the game.

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    B.o.B. - Underground Luxury

    There's far more Luxury than Underground on B.o.B.'s third LP, making for a dispirited & surprising genuflect to the worst of commercialized Southern Club Rap.

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    Editorial

    Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors: Hopes For A 2014 OutKast Reunion

    The rumors continue to leak, but even if Big Boi and Andre 3000 do reunite at Coachella, fans should approach with cautious optimism.

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    Review

    Action Bronson & Party Supplies - Blue Chips 2 (Mixtape Review)

    "Blue Chips 2" is a deranged stoner narrative, with a protagonist that's equal parts Hunter S. Thompson and Austin Powers.

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    Interview

    Boldy James Revisits "My 1st Chemistry Set;" Calls Alchemist "One Of The Greats"

    Exclusive: The Detroit emcee breaks down working with Alchemist, Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson, plus explains his obligation to rep his hometown.

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    Dom Kennedy - Get Home Safely

    Style reigns over substance on much of "Get Home Safely," but Dom Kennedy's effortlessness and hyper-locality throw things back to old West Coast Hip Hop.

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    Review

    Vic Mensa - INNANETAPE (Mixtape Review)

    Vic Mensa embodies the speed and eclecticism of the Internet, and on "INNANETAPE," he browses subject matter without missing a beat.

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    Interview

    Dom Kennedy Previews "Get Home Safely," Calls His Album An Audio Book

    Exclusive: Dom Kennedy breaks down his writing process for "Get Home Safely" and explains his admiration for Rap-A-Lot Records.

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