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Cam’ron & Vado, ‘Gunz N’ Butta’ (E One)

Fans aching for reconciliation among members of the Diplomats were heartened by last summer's boisterous single "Salute" and several reunion concerts, but new albums from…
Ben Detrick / April 19, 2011

Jim Jones, ‘Capo’ (E One)

Fans aching for reconciliation among members of the Diplomats were heartened by last summer's boisterous single "Salute" and several reunion concerts, but new albums from…
Ben Detrick / April 5, 2011

Lloyd Banks, ‘H.F.M. 2′ (G-Unit)

Lloyd Banks' hunger is not born of starvation, but of an insatiable appetite. On his third solo effort, the G-Unit rapper is a connoisseur of…
Ben Detrick / November 22, 2010

Cassidy, ‘C.A.S.H. (Cass a Straight Hustla)’ (E One)

A formidable Philadelphia battle rapper and Swizz Beatz protégé, Cassidy badly needs an editor on his fourth studio full-length. A torrent of lazy similes makes…
Ben Detrick / November 16, 2010

Lil Boosie, ‘Incarcerated’ (Trill/Asylum)

Where T.I.'s Paper Trail, recorded during house arrest, was a paean to contrition, Lil Boosie's fourth studio album -- released as he faces murder and…
Ben Detrick / November 2, 2010

Das Racist, ‘Sit Down, Man’ (Greedhead/Mad Decent)

When Das Racist debuted with 2008's "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," it was difficult to tell if the Brooklyn duo were just outsider scoundrels…
Ben Detrick / October 29, 2010

Waka Flocka Flame, ‘Flockaveli’ (Asylum/Warner Bros.)

Waka is more agitator than rapper--imagine DJ Kool as an unhinged goon with a fetish for brawling and gunfire. "I'm drunk as hell / Can't…
Ben Detrick / October 4, 2010

Lil Wayne, ‘I Am Not a Human Being’ (Cash Money)

Rap and pop music have long exchanged amorous ogles, and recently, their sparkly offspring have staggered forth in the form of NutraSweet club anthems befitting…
Ben Detrick / September 30, 2010

Gucci Mane, ‘The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted’ (Asylum/Warner Bros.)

With his mushy run-on sentences over stark keyboards and 808 kicks, Gucci Mane has a charmingly sloppy DIY appeal. He's less a craftsman than a…
Ben Detrick / September 28, 2010

The Pack, ‘Wolfpack Party’ (SMC)

Moody, unhinged rapper Lil B has become the face of this Berkeley quartet, but their sex-themed sophomore LP is just as frivolously accessible as 2006…
Ben Detrick / August 9, 2010

Rick Ross, ‘Teflon Don’ (Def Jam)

Rick Ross has been generous with descriptions of material rewards ("Hustlin'"), but stingy with personal details (his past as a corrections officer). If the Miami…
Ben Detrick / July 14, 2010

Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.’ (Rap-a-lot/Universal Motown)

Bun B has had a career longer than many new jacks' lifetimes-UGK's Too Hard to Swallow dropped in antediluvian 1992-but he's been a model of…
Ben Detrick / July 14, 2010

Fat Joe, ‘The Darkside Vol. 1′ (Terror Squad/E1)

Fat Joe's dark side-an abyss of Colombian kilograms and Mac-11s-is actually his comfort zone. "In the '80s I made so many premature babies, put niggas…
Ben Detrick / July 13, 2010

Curren$y, ‘Pilot Talk’ (DD172/Island Def Jam)

A former Lil Wayne protégé, Curren$y also unravels languid, free-associative verses that meander rather than march. On this major-label debut, the New Orleans rapper's wit…
Ben Detrick / July 13, 2010

Paul Wall, ‘Heart of a Champion’ (Swishahouse/Asylum)

This famously grill-adorned Houston rapper has experienced diminishing returns since his platinum-selling 2005 major-label debut, but there's no desperation here. Wall cruises along with his…
Ben Detrick / July 2, 2010

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