Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: A stunner of a debut where she gives us great guests, and both sides of the bitch we love—slaying, potty-mouthed MC and hood princess.
Free Association: Could do without the Bedingfield and will.i.am, but the rest is gold.
For Fans Of: Lil’ Kim, Young Money, Foxy Brown, Tweet, Rihanna.
Sounds Like: The D.C. West African’s sophomore effort is ambient and poppy in a nonabrasive way, specializing in smart lyricism over clubbed-out pop noise.
Free Association: Pleasant vibes care of FutureSex/LoveSounds-esque production.
For Fans Of: Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Wale, Organized Rhyme.
Gangrene (The Alchemist + Oh No)
Hostage Calm is cool with the chaos