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Review: 10 Thoughts On Ciara’s Dancer’s Delight Of An Album, ‘Jackie’

Here's what we think about Ciara's new 'Jackie' album.

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Review: Wale Gets Out Of His Own Way On ‘The Album About Nothing’

Wale's sensitive side steals the show on his fourth studio album, 'The Album About Nothing.'

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Review: To Get Into Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, Drop All Your Expectations

While Kendrick Lamar pulling from the past for To Pimp A Butterfly is hard to digest for some, it's ultimately what makes the LP a "classic" candidate.

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Review: Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ Will Do… For Now

It's still hot up in the 6, according to Drake's new LP It’s been about six years since Drake signed to Young Money Records. In…

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Preview: We Heard Big Sean’s ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ And It’s Pretty Damn Great

Five things we learned from a first listen of Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise   Scheduled in the midst of Grammy weekend…

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Review: Nicki Minaj Shows Her Best (And Worst) Sides On ‘The Pinkprint’

By now, it's become industry lore how HOT 97's Paul Rosenberg shaded 2012 Summer Jam headliner Nicki Minaj and her meteoric hit "Starships." "I know…

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Review: 15 Thoughts On J. Cole’s Excellent ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

Just like that, J. Cole has released the best album of 2014*. Check out the breakdown of Cole's third LP Words: John Kennedy (@youngjfk)…

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After 20 Years Of Bringing Da Ruckus, Wu-Tang Clan Takes A Bow On ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Wu-Tang Clan’s glory days may not be over. Hip-hop legends who have clocked in twenty years in the game either struggle to recreate their classic…

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Review: Jaden Smith Is The Poster Boy For New-Age Adolescence On ‘CTV2’

"Because your mind has a duality to it. So when one thought goes into your mind, it’s not just one thought, it has to bounce…

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Review: Chris Brown Plays The Blame Game On Cathartic Album ‘X’

Chris Brown always has some making up to do. More than other artists, it’s hard to hear his songs and not consider the real-life circumstances—his…

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Review: Lecrae’s Impressive ‘Anomaly’ LP Celebrates Otherness

The contrast between Lecrae and virtually every other artist thriving in the current commercial hip-hop space is overwhelmingly vast. For years he was the jewel…

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Review: FKA Twigs Lets Her Heart Bleed On The Dope And Dismal ‘LP1′

Pay no mind to the opaque facial expression that London’s Tahliah Barnett wears on the cover of new album LP1 (Young Turks). Barnett, a distressed…

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Review: New Majid Jordan And PARTYNEXTDOOR Projects Prove Drake’s Ear Is Impeccable

Rapper, singer, actor, awards-show host, Toronto Raptors ambassador… Drake holds nearly as many job titles as he does house parties. But one we’d be foolish…

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Review: 13 Thoughts On Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Album

Robin Thicke wants his baby back, and he's not thinking ribs. The singer dedicates his seventh album, Paula, to his estranged wife. But is it…

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Review: Mali Music’s Secular Album ‘Mali Is…’ Is All You Need To Get By

Though his background is in gospel, Mali Music is not here to preach.