Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition
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
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.
Hostage Calm is cool with the chaos