On the Record: Crystal Stilts, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy & More

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
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TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition

(Def Jam)

Sounds Like: The gravel-mouthed Atlanta emcee’s still peddling drumma boy beats and a hard-edged flow; the first half’s pretty weak but the second’s guest-packed and boss.

Free Association: The Ghetto U alum’s not letting prison get in the way of rap success.

For Fans Of: T.I./Snoop/Yung Joc/Clipse/Lil Wayne/Fabolous, school o’ hard knocks.




Sounds Like: The Boston-based trio’s debut is a gorgeous, drifting, ’60s-inspired psych-folk record of vocal harmonies, wafting guitars and languid Eastern influences.

Free Association: This quilt smells like grandma’s burning incense and toking reefer.

For Fans Of: Jefferson Airplane x Fleet Foxes, Espers + Scott McKenzie, hippies.

Gucci Mane & V-Nasty


(Warner Brothers)

Sounds Like: A so-bad-it’s-good collab full of crass sexism, love for purple syrup/herb and paper-getting—there’s a fine line between bullshit and brilliance.

Free Association: Must-listens include the untouchable “Loaded” and “Let’s Get Faded.”

For Fans Of: Juvenile feat. Trina, Trick Daddy feat. Kreayshawn, face tats, chronic. 

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