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Nas returns to the spotlight armed with a new album and a shitload of controversy. The former comes in the form of a 7 song, 26-minute album titled, Nasir. The album, which was executive produced by Kanye West, is the fourth of five G.O.O.D. Music albums dropped over a five week period. The latter is…

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Ne-Yo returns with a new album, Good Man, facing an ever-changing musical landscape that typically limits post age-30 R&B artists. Can the velvety crooner avoid the pitfalls that typically banish artists of his ilk to the adult contemporary category? Here is our gif album review, where we address that very topic. Ne-yo’s lead single, “Good…

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Tyler, The Creator‘s fourth album Flower Boy just missed the No. 1 spot for albums in its debut week, losing to Lana Del Rey’s release by 1K units. While a lot of people are talking about his album, not enough people are talking about the actual content of the project. Flower Boy originally leaked on July…

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After releasing his best project to date last year titled, Cadillactica, Big K.R.I.T. is ready to offer his mixtape, It’s Better This Way, in order to show his fans that it’s better to follow the uncharted path than to follow the ordinary path in music. K.R.I.T. has maintained a steady flow of producing quality music…

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Sexy singer Shakira returns on her latest, self-titled album–her first since becoming a mother last year. Though she’s not quite the pop culture ingenue she was when she emerged in the late 90s/early 2000s, the booty-shaking beauty is still quite the compelling artist. So it’s a shame that so much of what makes Shakira Shakira gets lost on Shakira.

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Young Money: Rise of an Empire is the second official studio compilation from the YMCMB roster following 2013’s Rich Gang. This set features the expected list of A list stars, both from the label and across mainstream hip-hop. Lil Wayne is the centerpiece, and while this feels like a showcase for the lesser-known talents on the Young Money team, it is noticeable that Young Money mainstay Drake is only featured once.

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Rick Ross returns with Mastermind, his highly-anticipated sixth studio album and follow-up to 2012’s God Forgives, I Don’t. On his latest project, Ross continues his musical trademarks–the ones that have served him so well up to this point and helped to establish his persona. Rozay is still very much into excess, he wallows and revels in it. Wealth and consumption are at the forefront of his mind, yet again, and depending on your taste, it can sound either invigorating or woefully tiresome by the time you get mid-way through Mastermind.

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The buzz around Schoolboy Q has been building for the better part of two years. The L.A. rapper’s gift for wordplay, dark sense of humor and marijuana fixation became well-known amongst hip-hop’s underground; and with the release of his 2012 indie album Habits and Contradictions, Q officially became hip-hop’s “Next Big Thing.” Also, his TDE compadre Kendrick Lamar went from underground sensation to major superstar during that time, setting up high expectations for Schoolboy Q’s major label debut, Oxymoron.

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