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Cody ChesnuTT, ‘Landing on a Hundred’ (Vibration Vineyard)

Two years ago, Cody ChesnuTT reappeared like a wandering soul once feared lost to the winds of time. Nearly a decade had passed since the…
Mosi Reeves / December 18, 2012

Meek Mill, ‘Dreams & Nightmares’ (Maybach Music/Warner Bros.)

Meek Mill raps as if he is typing in all caps: "I'M BRINGING TUPAC BACK! TUPAC BACK!" He tends to, if not necessarily screech at…
Mosi Reeves / November 1, 2012

Lupe Fiasco, ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1′ (

The cover art for Lupe Fiasco's sequel to his 2006 debut, Food & Liquor, is shrouded in all black, a design shtick historically associated with…
Mosi Reeves / October 3, 2012

Plan B, ‘Ill Manors (Music From And Inspired By the Original Motion Picture)’ (WMG)

Recently released U.K. film Ill Manors is an orgy of heroin shooting galleries, illegal immigrant women enslaved by Russian mobsters, a young bwoy doing his…
Mosi Reeves / September 6, 2012

Masta Ace, ‘Ma_Doom: Son of Yvonne’ (Fat Beats)

He raids MF Doom’s spice rack for old beats, but they add no zest to his golden age hip-hop memories.
Mosi Reeves / July 16, 2012

Aesop Rock, ‘Skelethon’ (Rhymesayers)

With Kimya Dawson in tow and beat poems about Converse and haircuts, Aes Rock is the hip rap-dad you never had.
Mosi Reeves / July 10, 2012

Visioneers, ‘Hipology’ (BBE)

Marc Mac’s nu-jazz versions of classic hip-hop breaks (like "Apache") is catnip for easy listening aesthetes.
Mosi Reeves / June 29, 2012

Open Mike Eagle, ‘4NML HSPTL’ (Fake Four)

The world hates backpackers; what’s a sardonically funny L.A. MC to do — at least Danny Brown likes him.
Mosi Reeves / June 27, 2012

Del the Funky Homosapien & Parallel Thought, ‘Attractive Sin’ (Parallel Thought Ltd.)

Del's freestyling and shitting on "microwave rap"; who needs hooks anyway?
Mosi Reeves / June 18, 2012

Oddisee, ‘People Hear What They See’ (Mello Music Group)

The D.C. producer raps more than last year’s gem Odd Seasons; sounds both inspired and clumsy.
Mosi Reeves / June 15, 2012

Big K.R.I.T., ‘Live From the Underground’ (Island Def Jam)

Big K.R.I.T.'s Dirty South classicism is a gift and a curse. For all his bellicosity — celebrating "Country Shit" and rubber-band men and eating collard…
Mosi Reeves / June 3, 2012

Doseone, ‘G is for Deep’ (Anticon)

Doseone’s "singing" project is like his speed-raps: Laptop funk, synth washes, and elliptical, heartfelt poesy.
Mosi Reeves / May 30, 2012

Cadence Weapon, ‘Hope in Dirt City’ (Upper Class)

The Alberta rapper evokes the Last Poets' "Mean Machine," mocks weed carriers, struggles to care.
Mosi Reeves / May 29, 2012

El-P, ‘Cancer for Cure’ (Fat Possum)

El-P occupies a singular perch. The Brooklyn rapper-producer has never sounded quite like anyone else, not even in the late 1990s, when the Sasquatch thumps…
Mosi Reeves / May 16, 2012

Blockhead, ‘Interludes After Midnight’ (Ninja Tune)

He’ll "Meet You at Tower Records" with jazz licks, blunted breaks. Just don’t call it trip-hop.
Mosi Reeves / May 3, 2012

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