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Invincible, ‘ShapeShifters’ (Emergence)

Once touted by rap critics as the female Eminem, teen prodigy Invincible has grown into a compelling and fiercely political artist. On her inspired debut, the now 27-year-old underground MC describes her native Detroit with skilled perception, pointing out its class warfare and gentrification (“Deuce/Ypsi” and “Locusts”) and grieving the late hip-hop icon J Dilla (“In the Mourning”). In fact, she’s serious to a fault; only a nifty loop of the Cure’s “Love Cats” on “No Easy Answers” convinces her to let her guard down. Leaving the jokes to Slim Shady, Invincible is all business.

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