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R. Kelly - Black Panties
R. Kelly's "Black Panties" is a raunchy return to baby-making music bathed in club-friendly Rap production. But the debauchery kills the mood at times.
Jhene Aiko - Sail Out
Jhene Aiko displays solid Hip Hop influenced soul on "Sail Out" giving off a feeling of authenticity to hold over current fans and possibly gain a few new ones.
Hopsin - Knock Madness
Hopsin's "Knock Madness" is a perfect album for die-hard fans & his bar-for-bar execution and self-awareness yield a solid listen despite a bit of shtick.
Esoteric & Stu Bangas - Machete Mode
"Machete Mode" is Esoteric and Stu Bangas' way of providing fans of Hip Hop's raw underbelly with further proof that the subgenre is still alive and well.
Jonwayne - Rap Album One
The triumph of "Rap Album One" is that Jonwayne manages to experiment sonically while his rhymes maintain an undeniable true school appeal.
Alexander Spit - Dillinger
With "Dillinger," Alexander Spit's forward thinking becomes a gift and curse that requires investments of time and patience.
Chris Brown - The X-Files EP (Mixtape Review)
Despite his penchant for self sabotage off the mic, Chris Brown is still immensely talented. But the flashes of his skill are hit or miss on the "X-Files" EP.
Kool G Rap & Necro (Godfathers) - Once Upon A Crime
With Necro's brand and Kool G Rap's title long established, "Once Upon A Crime" is little more than another notch under the collective belt.
Yo Gotti - I Am
Yo Gotti does a superb job of making sure he connects with his core audience, but "I Am" doesn't offer much dynamic production or rhymes for casual fans.
Troy Ave - New York City: The Album
Troy Ave's wittiness and overall personality make "New York City: The Album" not just a good New York, street Hip Hop album, but a good Hip Hop album period.
Lloyd Banks - F.N.O.: Failure's No Option (Mixtape Review)
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.
Lecrae - Church Clothes 2 (Mixtape Review)
Lecrae's "Church Clothes 2" may lack the inherent complexity and confrontation of its predecessor, but holds appeal for saints and sinners alike.
Denmark Vessey - Cult Classic
While it stumbles at times, Denmark Vessey's "Cult Classic" an enjoyable listen that succeeds because of its raw indulgence and callous honesty.
Marco Polo - PA2: Director's Cut by Marco Polo
Though it runs a bit long "PA2: The Director's Cut" successfully draws from its prequel, while maintaining its own originality.
Mac Miller - Delusional Thomas (Mixtape Review)
Getting past Mac Miller's bouts of immaturity and voice as "Delusional Thomas" is a chore and can be trying. But hidden behind those flaws is a good mixtape.
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