| ||SpaceGhostPurrp Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6||3.5|
| ||Mac Lethal North Korean BBQ|
While Adam is wrong in that he says "what Mac does is nothing to write home about," he's absolutely correct in his opinion of North Korean BBQ. This is poor and Mac is certainly capable of much better, as evidenced by The Original 11:11 Sessions.
| ||Snoop Dogg Doggumentary|
This is better than a lot of his post-Death Row output - save The Blue Carpet Treatment and Rhythm & Gangsta - and certainly better than Ego Trippin' and Malice In Wonderland, but Snoop just ain't cuttin' it no mo'.
| ||Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva||3.5|
| ||Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers|
Wiz throws everything out but the kitchen sink in order to try and rekindle the flame that was "Black and Yellow," and all we have left is an album devoid of life, personality, and depth. Rolling Papers is commercial hip-hop at its most quintessential. This is "champagne- pourin', big-joint-rollin', bombay sippin', no-blunt-smokin', bad-bitch-gettin'" music, as the first 25 seconds of "On My Level" will tell you. While any of the beats here are not a far cry from the infectious minimalism of "Black and Yellow," Wiz himself is a far cry from a talented lyricist. Rolling Papers runs the gamut of radio rap cliches a mu
| ||G-Side The One...Cohesive|
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| ||Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra.|
In the past, R&B artists associated with hip-hop collectives have come with this sort of inherent warning label; a conscious deterrent against the (usually) ensuing mediocrity. Naturally, Frank Ocean was met with a sliver of this same skepticism and, to everyone's surprise and delight, he almost singlehandedly shattered this instinctive practice of such pigeonholing. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but Nostalgia, Ultra. is a refreshing take on a tired art form.Frank Ocean is an excellent songwriter and a master at the cover, and "American Wedding" (a "Hotel California" spin-off) and "Nature Feels" (a remix of MGMT's "
| ||The Weeknd House of Balloons|
Ethereal, chill, melancholic and sexy, the jams The Weeknd have crafted up have far exceeded my initial expectations. House of Balloons is a wonderful debut that finds the duo pushing the envelope on both electronic and R&B and subsequently mashing both together to great effect. With an eerier edge to lust and a more passionate approach to love, House of Baloons is something the R&B scene, which has been populated by inept 'urban music' artists and pop stars, has been missing. If hipsters' predictions and wishes come true, The Weeknd may truly supplant the likes of Drake - who served as the catalyst for the hype train by cos