The Five Best Rap Albums of February


Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric, Czarface

Label: Brick Records

Feels Like: A time traveling experience back to Fat Beats Records circa 1996.

Sample-driven production and rhyme gymnastics to construct a boom-bap album has long become a trade of the past. Those clinging to such method make old-man grumbles, and rehash what they (or their idols) have been doing over and over again. Luckily, ever so often, the throwback formula is properly revamped, which is the case for Czarface. Rebel INS—while known for killing his 16s and guest verses—hasn’t been the most consistent on carrying his own throughout a full project. He flicks a middle finger to such notion by commanding verses laced with old pop culture references, along with Esoteric and a string of new-school artists that stick to the East Coast heritage (Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, and Mr. MFN eXquire). 7L’s production complements the MCs verbal spews, making them run on drum speeds at a steady—yet not monotonous—pace. Check out the full review.

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  • RECK

    Brotha Lynch Hung is a str8 LEGEND. Maaibalector is a great album. Much respect to XXL for recognizing.

  • sting-a-veli

    you looking for them tight rhymes in the night time grrrr…..

  • Scope Boy JQ

    Yo, yall need to wake up to what’s going down with the Queen. She’s exterminating the black race, getting us to kill ourselves Rwanda style. This is the REAL illuminati shit that most people afraid to talk about. People afraid of drones and shit that just the START.

  • Ricardo Bernardo

    Thumbs up for the west coast legend brotha Lynch!!!