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Gucci Mane, ‘Writing on da Wall’ (So Icey)

After emerging in 2005 with the novelty hit "Icy" (and then feuding with the song's cowriter, Young Jeezy), Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane has become one…
Chris Ryan / August 24, 2009

Raekwon, ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II’ (EMI)

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Raekwon's classic 1995 solo debut, was an impressionistic tour through the thrilling highs, the solemn lows, the violent comedy, and…
Chris Ryan / August 24, 2009

Method Man & Redman, ‘Blackout 2′ (Def Jam)

Officially reuniting their musical partnership after a decade, Meth Red pick up where they stopped puffing. With few exceptions (the Houston-themed, "City Lights," featuring Bun…
Chris Ryan / May 19, 2009

Cam’ron, ‘Crime Pays’ (Asylum)

In 2006, Cameron "Cam'ron" Giles released the artistically underwhelming Killa Season to little commercial notice, then fell out with running buddy Jim Jones, abandoned a…
Chris Ryan / April 16, 2009

Ron Browz, ‘Etherboy’ (Universal Motown)

This New York–based producer/singer/rapper, who was responsible for Nas' classic 2001 dis track "Ether," is like a hip-hop/R&B Andrew W.K. Take all the immediate feel-…
Chris Ryan / February 28, 2009

Jim Jones, ‘Pray IV Reign’ (Columbia)

Whether spitting some of Lauren Conrad's broken language while airing out an ex-homey in the oddly touching "Frienemies" or extolling the healing properties of women's…
Chris Ryan / January 31, 2009

Plies, ‘Da REAList’ (Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic)

Known for his sparse, thug-and-R&B beats and filthy rasp, this Fort Myers, Florida native has established his own niche as a gangsta pinup with a…
Chris Ryan / January 16, 2009

Prodigy, ‘Product of the 80’s’ (Dirt Class)

Product of the 80's is the Queens rapper's second release since he's become a product of the New York State Department ofCorrectional Services (where he's…
Chris Ryan / October 14, 2008

The Inquisition: Nas

You gotta give Nas points for trying. After a year in which he caught flak from Bill O'Reilly for participating in a benefit, saw his…
Chris Ryan / June 20, 2008

Across the Wuniverse

In 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged as not just another star within the galaxy of East Coast hip-hop, but as their own universe. The nine-man…
Chris Ryan / November 15, 2007

Ghostface Killah, ‘More Fish’ (Def Jam)

Though its title suggests a bunch of extras and alternate takes, More Fish is anything but an only-for-Ghostface-nerds toss-off. Released just nine months after the…
Chris Ryan / December 28, 2006

Ludacris, ‘Release Therapy’ (DTP)

Last year millions of people took Crash's message of racial understanding through coincidence to heart, but Ludacris, one of that Oscar-winning film's many stars, was…
Chris Ryan / October 20, 2006

T-Pain, ‘Rappa Ternt Sanga’ (Konvict/Jive)

A long, long time ago (say the '90s), R&B and hip-hop were like The Odd Couple's Felix and Oscar, often grouped together even though they…
Chris Ryan / February 14, 2006

Styles P, ‘Time Is Money’ (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)

Styles P is a character actor. Which isn't to say the man they call the Ghost is faking his guns-'n'-drugs talk; his iron vacation at…
Chris Ryan / January 10, 2006

Young Jeezy, ‘Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101′ (Def Jam) Boyz N Da Hood, ‘Boyz N Da Hood’ (Bad Boy)

Young Jeezy doesn't need anyone to give him the best of both worlds. Behind door number one, the Atlanta native has President Hova and Def…
Chris Ryan / September 15, 2005

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