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5 takeaways from Smino's wondrous new album 'NØIR'There's a polish to 'NØIR' that doesn't come from spending a month in Wyoming. Combined with its powerful, cohesive sound, every part of the LP feels...Trey Alston5 quick takeaways from Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign's 'MihTy'From its solid hooks to Hitmaka's fluffy production, here are the first impressions.REVOLT TVAmerie's '4AM Mulholland' & 'After 4AM' proves she's still on the cutting edge of contemporary R&BWith the independent release of her double album, Amerie reintroduces herself to the music scene as a unique voice of the contemporary R&B.REVOLT TV'Wrld on Drugs' is trusting of its stars' powers, and of their mutual love for vices and crooningFuture and Juice WRLD's chemistry works so well on their joint album that ordinarily weak songs are bolstered by good creative decisions.Trey AlstonChief Keef isn't batshit crazy on 'The Cozart,' he's setting a templateOn his most experimental project to date, he plays with structures with no end goal in mind, and keeps up the pace when many others would have faltered.Trey AlstonLil Wayne starts his journey into the sunset on 'Tha Carter V'Five Waynes exist on the album—stretching from the past to the present—working in unison, and it's seems to be both a swan song and a celebration.Trey Alston'Awful Swim' proves Father's mastery of hedonistic splendorOn his new LP, you'll find an endlessly complex, organic amalgamation of darkly sexy raps; and that it only truly falters when guests are introduced shows that...Trey AlstonOn 'Room 25,' Noname's sedated rap style serves as the soundtrack to her (and your) dreamsWith journal-like lyrics, the rapper navigates herself and her blackness with curiosity and contemplation, and backed by live instrumentation.REVOLT TV'East Atlanta Love Letter' explores 6lack's dark, deep meaning of loveThe album's focus on intimacy, fear, and anxiety can feel more claustrophobic than your standard 2018 R&B album, but it grounds the atmospheric into the...Trey AlstonEminem's 'Kamikaze' is technically sound, but its anger is exhaustingEm's perfectly capable when creating in avenues that he understands; he's not quite as successful when trying to blend in with the younger crowd that he...Trey AlstonOn 'Milky Way,' Bas masters the art of versatility while remaining true to his laneHis message isn't to pound life lessons over the head, a la mentor J. Cole. Instead, he's rapping about what's genuine to him.Trey Alston15 years later, Mary J. Blige 'Love & Life' deserves more homage from critics and the singer herselfThe LP's mixed reviews have resulted in its tracks being left off MJB's tour setlists, but it ultimately laid the groundwork for other career-defining moments.REVOLT TVWith 'Everything Must Go (Vol. 1),' T-Pain proves there's still plenty of kick left in his careerThe project, comprised of unreleased songs, feels fresh as T-Pain searches for the gold in his nostalgia: love songs that double as both baby-making soundtracks...Trey AlstonStefflon Don proves no one's taking her spot any time soon on 'SECURE'She's earned her spot with genre-bending capabilities, a bold confidence that focuses more on being a boss than sexuality, and can make absurd statements sound...Trey AlstonAminé transforms fame-induced problems into thrilling musical escapades on 'ONEPOINTFIVE'The artist genuinely births a new, darker identity that doesn't threaten the good-standing nature of his established aesthetic.Trey AlstonThe impact of T.I.'s 'Trap Muzik' classic, as told by Cyhi the Prynce, Drumma Boy and more15 years later, hip-hop figures recall their introduction to T.I., their favorite song off the LP, and how it influenced the perception of Atlanta rappers.Preezy Brown'The Neptunes Present... Clones,' the rise of Pharrell, and the unfulfilled potential of Star Trak15 years after its release, we remember the LP as both a celebration of Pharrell and Chad Hugo's success, as well as a foreshadowing of what the future held.Preezy BrownRevisiting the "Female Rap Bible," Lil Kim's 'Hard Core'As the 1996 debut album re-charts, we look back at Kim as the fantasy that every man wanted, but also the gangstress breaking from the shadows of her mentor.Da’Shan Smith5 takeaways from Trippie Redd's 'Life's A Trip'If Trippie applies the angst evident in his emotional cuts toward the thematic ideas in his raps, we'll see him at his best.Trey AlstonYG's 'Stay Dangerous' lacks a foundation, throwing it into disarrayThe LP is authentic in that YG embraces his demons instead of searching for help, but it still doesn’t sound as vivacious as—nor has it matured from—its...Trey Alston6 takeaways from G Herbo and Southside's 'Swervo'Alter egos, stellar chemistry, carefree enjoyment, mentorship and more.Trey AlstonA reminder that Demi Lovato's 'Tell Me You Love Me' is a gem amongst R&B albums that healWhile praying for her recovery, we recall her latest album's ability to capture the perils of love—for self and from others—in both a therapeutic and triumphant...Da’Shan Smith7 arguments for why each Beyoncé album could be her bestThe iconic introduction of 'Dangerously,' commercial crossover of 'I Am,' autobiographical aesthetic of 'self-titled'...this is the most comprehensive breakdown.Da’Shan SmithSix years with 'Yellow Album': How Dom Kennedy found himselfMany don't give Dom his props for influencing the next generation, but on its anniversary, we revisit the LP that established his unpredictability and...Trey Alston