[CD RELEASE] Talib Kweli / Prisoner of Conscious

[CD RELEASE] Talib Kweli / Prisoner of Conscious

If Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli really is a Prisoner of Conscious, as the title to his 2013 album suggests, then of course radio-aimed crossover numbers are the proper way to make a jailbreak, so bring on T-Pain and Weezy and …

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[CD RELEASE] LL Cool J / Authentic

[CD RELEASE] LL Cool J / Authentic

When LL Cool J dubs his 2013 effort Authentic, the veteran rapper is referring to an album that’s authentically LL Cool J circa 2013, and not one that’s authentically hip-hop. That’s important to remember as the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink effort overflows with …

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[NEW CD RELEASE] Fantasia / Side Effects of You

[NEW CD RELEASE] Fantasia / Side Effects of You

Seven of its 12 songs were co-written by Fantasia, so it’s a little surprising that the fourth album from the American Idol winner doesn’t bear a title like Here I Am or I, Fantasia. Nearly a decade removed from her …

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