HIP-HOP ON A HIGHER LEVEL
J. Cole Stays in His Comfort Zone on ‘4 Your Eyez Only’
J. Cole decides to stick to the formula that got him where he is today on his latest album, '4 Your Eyez Only.'
Smoke DZA and Pete Rock Have No Limits on ‘Don’t Smoke Rock’
The average weed rapper doesn't get opportunities to link up with legends like Pete Rock for entire projects like Smoke does on their new joint album, 'Don't Smoke Rock.'
20 of the Best Childish Gambino Songs
From "Sober" to "Freaks and Geeks" and more, here are the 20 best Childish Gambino songs.
Isaiah Rashad Wears His Emotions on His Sleeve on ‘The Sun’s Tirade’
Isaiah Rashad lets his rhymes and observations do the talking on 'The Sun's Tirade' and the end result is one of the most refreshing rap records of the year.
Banks and Steelz Make Musical Worlds Collide on ‘Anything But Words’
Though it may seem as Paul Banks and RZA (under his moniker Bobby Steelz) come from entirely separate musical worlds, they have more in common than you might think.
Atmosphere Continue to Battle the Current on ‘Fishing Blues’
Atmosphere return with 'Fishing Blues,' their eighth studio album. Is the project worth your time? Find out in our review.
Schoolboy Q Faces His Demons on ‘Blank Face LP’
'Blank Face LP' isn't Schoolboy Q's first great album, but it's the first one where he lives up to his utmost potential.
DJ Esco and Future Go Through the Motions on ‘Project E.T.’
DJ Esco and Future team up for their new mixtape, 'Project E.T.' Is the tape a hit or a miss? Find out in XXL's review.
Desiigner Tries to Find Himself on ‘New English’
After the chart-topping success of his hit "Panda," Desiigner delivers his debut mixtape, 'New English.'
Freeway Holds His Own on ‘Free Will’
For years, Freeway has been one of the most consistently underrated MCs on the planet (not to mention a Philadelphia legend) and he further proves his status on his new album, 'Free Will.'