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Raekwon Is Lyrically Sharp as Ever on ‘FILA’
Raekwon’s legacy is set in stone. As a solo artist and member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon has crafted some of the most important works in rap history. Albums like Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... and Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) have ensured that the Chef will always hold a specia…
Young Thug Rises Above the Drama on ‘Barter 6′
Before this album/mixtape was even released, Young Thug's Barter 6 was already steeped in drama and controversy. As soon as the Atlanta MC announced that the project would seriously be called Carter 6—which he had been mentioning in interviews for more than a year, comments that…
Yelawolf Is in Tune With His Southern Roots on ‘Love Story’
Nearly four years after the release of his Shady Records debut, Radioactive, Yelawolf is finally back, this time to attempt to solidify his place in the spotlight with his sophomore album, Love Story. As many may argue and as Yelawolf has even openly admitted, on past releases the Alabama native foc…
Bodega Bamz Switches Up the Formula on ‘Sidewalk Exec’
Leaving behind the trap anthems found on his 2012 debut release, Stritcly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z., Bodega Bamz takes a new direction on his latest release Sidewalk Exec under the venerated Duck Down Music label.
Bamz serves up an LP  that sonically and lyrically are reminiscent of the boom-bap era of New Yor…
Young Buck Sounds Fresh and Energized on ’10 Bullets’
Young Buck has always been G-Unit's wild child, the original quartet's lone Southern rep with a flow as unpredictable and diverse as Busta Rhymes and Ol' Dirty Bastard before him. But he's also been the member of 50's record-breaking crew who has faced the most adversity over their now-decade-plus r…
Tyler, The Creator Raises His Game on ‘Cherry Bomb’
Tyler, The Creator’s career has firm roots in shock value. His third studio album Cherry Bomb fell right in step this month, with a surprise early release on April 12. His Coachella performance the same weekend served to hype the project, which was already tangibly buzzing thanks in …
iLoveMakonnen Stays Consistent on ‘Drink More Water 5′
iLoveMakonnen has had quite a year so far. After first catching the ears of Mike Will Made It, Metro Boomin and 808 Mafia, the 25-year-old MC shot to meteoric success last summer after Drake remixed "Tuesday" for optimal turn up results. Since then, the rapper/singer has signed to …
Ludacris Delivers Again on New Album ‘Ludaversal’
Since his 2000 major label debut, Back For The First Time, Ludacris has consistently proven that he could flow alongside great MCs like T.I., Nas and Jay Z. With a motion flick, Furious 7, breaking records at the box office, the newly wed MC is back to prove that he can wax poeti…

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