Even though Cordae wears some of his contemporary influences on his sleeve, The Lost Boy is a solid and promising debut album.
Freddie and Madlib continue to bring out the best in each other on Bandana.
Despite some structural shortcomings, Guns is a great work of politically-charged jazz rap.
Though GREY Area isn't the most cutting-edge rap album out there, there's not a spot on it where Little Simz falters even slightly.
Marquis Hill and his band come through with a vibrant blend of dynamic jazz and conscious hip hop on Modern Flows, Vol. 2.
Some Rap Songs is Earl Sweatshirt's most emotionally intense and artistically defined project yet.
Though Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs manage to bring out the best in each other and The Alchemist comes through with some classy production, it's hard not to attribute Fetti's success in part to its brevity.
Despite its slightly cumbersome 100-minute runtime and spotty concept, DROGAS Wave is a surprisingly solid addition to this phase of Lupe Fiasco's career.