Scott Glaysher

72

Mac & Cheese 5 still has far too many “Haaaaan” ad-libs to win a Pulitzer but, with said, it will go down as one of French’s best projects in quite some time.

60

All in all, Vultures 1 doesn’t move the needle for Kanye West — or Ty Dolla $ign, for that matter. Listeners, fans, haters and hopefuls will be in the same place they were before the album dropped: confused, disappointed, but holding onto the idea that the Kanye we all fell in love with can still deliver undeniably good music that is worth defending.

66

Lil Dicky's 'Penith' packs a lyrical punch but wanes on replay value.

70
This album won’t go down as a modern day classic, nor will it slingshot NLE to the top of the charts, but it will give listeners a battery in their back for their next big gym session or block party.
74

College Park is the most free, fun and formidable Logic has sounded in years. It would be safe to assume the Internet has already made up its mind on the album and unfortunately Logic’s perceived corniness can’t be shaken with one solid outing.

66
The songs themselves are actually quite good in their own unique way but it’s difficult for anyone to jump around a 25-track album and get the most out of it. The Mansion would have been better off as a collection of mini condos.
70

Westside Gunn shows up and does his job on 10 – that’s all there really is to it. The beats, bars, and blitzkrieg of “boom boom boom booms” are ever present like they have been for the last ten years. For those who are already fans of Gunn and his no-nonsense rap prowess, this project will be music, or gun sounds, to their ears.

74
The songs are equal parts catchy, meaningful and galaxy-brain without taking more than 45 minutes altogether. Who knows if this is truly the moon man’s final landing but either way you slice it – it’s a fun “final” flight.
60

Perhaps it’s a streaming/algorithm strategy or maybe even a way to fulfill his contract with Atlantic Records in attempts to leave the label early; either way The Last Slimeto can’t be enjoyed as a full “project” but instead a half dozen songs scattered across playlists that have the same album cover.

50

Blame It on Baby is an obvious misstep in DaBaby’s otherwise flawless rise to rap stardom. This isn’t to say that he won’t be back soon with something more substantial but as it stands, this album has his least playback value.

80
Just as Dr. Dre bent and damn near broke the rules of rap for the greater good in the early stages of his career, Lil Uzi Vert is crusading to do the same.
60
'Bad Vibes Forever' is a rough compilation that will still please XXXTENTACION fans.
80

By the end of the 34 minutes, there’s a natural inquiry to wonder if anyone else in the rap game is making anything remotely similar to this – the answer is no.

80

So Much Fun popped up practically out of nowhere and to everyone’s surprise it’s debatably his best release thus far; and he knows it.

70

Although those untargeted croons and messy arrangements don’t allow ! to be a perfect album nor Trippie’s best work, the album is definitely worth a stream for listeners already sold on today’s genre-bending landscape.

84

Diaspora, his official sophomore offering, takes those deep cuts to the next level and renders his best work to date; operating as a play in two acts.

64

The tempo, rhythm and tone from song to song are nearly identical in essence making it one big 70-minute compilation of nonspecific flexing over “type-beat” trap instrumentals.

72
NAV makes his 1st decent project with “Brown Boy” EP.
78

Genre-blending albums are not easy to pull off and for that, Juice WRLD should be given credit. From the seemingly sincere lyrics to the equally candid delivery, Juice truly goes with his gut in whichever way.

78

This album is a big win for Gunna, an even bigger win for executive producers Wheezy and Turbo but a championship win for contemporary rap as a whole that should be appreciated by all.

72

Other than polished vocals and drastically better mixing, Lil Pump sounds the exact same as he did when he dropped Lil Pump; zooted on Xans, lean, and without a care in the world. The rapping is simple, the concepts are easy to grasp as he pretty much gets straight to the point on all 16 tracks.

68

From a bar-for-bar standpoint, the rhymes on here are better than a lot of today’s modern offerings but it’s missing the menacing attitude which is often times half the battle.

80

In many ways 2009 is like a big bong hit straight to the face.

74

A Boogie’s Hoodie SZN doesn’t pack any surprises but that isn’t necessarily the worst thing the Bronx boy could have done.

86

As cliché as it sounds, there is something for everyone and their mother on DiCaprio 2. J.I.D. breaks the mold originally set by J. Cole, takes all the best parts and mixes them with his own distinctive practice and pitch that work seamlessly with the array of trap and soulful beats (Thanks Christo and company).


February Playlist