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Rap Reviews

Here's where you'll find a quick reference to all hip-hop reviews on About.com.
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  8. Concert Reviews (9)
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  10. Songs (75)

Eminem - 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'
Eminem refuses to grow up on 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2.'

Pusha T - 'My Name Is My Name'
My Name Is My Name is the pertinent work of Clipse rapper Pusha T.

Run the Jewels - 'Run the Jewels' (Fool's Gold)
A review of El-P and Killer Mike's 'Run the Jewels.'

Chief Keef - 'Bang 2'
Chicago rapper Chief Keef's 'Bang 2' mixtape lacks the magic that launched him onto the national map.

Earl Sweatshirt - 'Doris' (Tan Cressida/Columbia)
A review of Earl Sweatshirt's 'Doris.'

Ka - 'The Night's Gambit' (Iron Works)
A review of Ka's The Night's Gambit.

Jay-Z - 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'
A review of Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Wale - 'The Gifted'
Wale's third album, The Gifted, is a cocktail of tricks and tropes.

Talib Kweli - 'Gutter Rainbows' (Blacksmith Music)
Talib Kweli serves up a new dose of conscious rap on Gutter Rainbows.

Tyler, the Creator - 'Wolf'(OF/Sony)
A review of Tyler, the Creator's 'Wolf.'

Lupe Fiasco - 'Lasers'
Review of Lupe Fiasco's Lasers.

Kyle Rapps - Re-Edutainment
Kyle Rapps pays tribute to boom bap on Re-Edutainment.

Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers (Atlantic/Warner)
Wiz Khalifa smokes heroic amounts of marijuana on Rolling Papers.

Pharoahe Monch - 'W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)' (Duck Down)
Pharoahe Monch continues his brilliant solo run with W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).

Tyler, The Creator - 'Goblin' (XL)

Maybach Music - 'Self-Made Vol. 1' (MMG/Def Jam)

Shabazz Palaces - 'Black Up' (Sub Pop)
Shabazz Palaces' Black Up is a wildly rewarding experiment in surrealism.

Jay-Z & Kanye West - 'Watch the Throne' (Def Jam)

Evidence - 'Cats & Dogs' (Rhymesayers)

Phonte - 'Charity Starts at Home'

Wale - 'Ambition' (Maybach Music Group / Warner Bros.)
Ambition is the stuff of twinkle tones and cozy hooks.

Childish Gambino - 'Camp' (Glassnote)
Childish Gambino's 'Camp' tackles cultural alienation with a killer combination of whip-smart wit and stark honesty.

The Roots - 'undun' (Def Jam)

DeLorean - 'Hood Politics 3' (self-released)
Delo delivers a dose of reality rap on Hood Politics 3.

B.o.B. - 'Strange Clouds' (WBR)
If you're planning to buy B.o.B.'s 'Strange Clouds', budget extra change for a box of Kleenex.

A$AP Rocky - 'Long Live A$AP' (RCA)
A$AP Rocky writes his own formula on Long Live ASAP.

Big K.R.I.T. - Live from the Underground
Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Live from the Underground' is a delight. But it's not without flaws.

Yelawolf - 'Radioactive' (Shady/Interscope)
Yelawolf goes from the backwoods of Alabama to rap stardom.

Nicki Minaj - 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' (Young Money/UMG)

Freddie Gibbs - 'Cold Day in Hell'

J. Cole - 'Born Sinner'
Born Sinner details J. Cole's struggles with his identity.

Saigon - 'The Greatest Story Never Told' (Suburban Noize)
Just Blaze and Saigon make the perfect pair on Greatest Story Never Told.

Kanye West - 'Yeezus'
Yeezus is a wildly experimental mix of brilliance and confusion.

Eve - 'Lip Lock'
Eve retains her audacity on 'Lip Lock'.

Chance the Rapper - 'Acid Rap'
It's tough to stand out in Chicago's crowded scene, but Chance the Rapper does it with Acid Rap.

Lil B - 'I'm Gay (I'm Happy)'

Drake - 'Take Care'
A 50-word review of Drake's Take Care.

Drake - 'Nothing Was the Same'
'Nothing Was the Same' is the third studio album by Canadian rapper Drake.

Danny Brown - Old

Review: Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo
Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia Demo is a marvel of studio sorcery and poetic prowess. Dig in for a review of Rashad's TDE debut.

Rick Ross - Mastermind
On his sixth album, Mastermind, Rick Ross gets serious and

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

Nas - Illmatic (Review)
Why Nas' Illmatic is the greatest rap album of all time.

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