ScHoolboy Q paints dark, honest portrait on ‘Blank Face’

ScHoolboy Q Blank Face | Interscope/Top Dawg Entertainment Grade: A-
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ScHoolboy Q Blank Face | Interscope/Top Dawg Entertainment
Grade: A-

“I’m a gangbanger, deadbeat father and drug dealer.” In one line, ScHoolboy Q plainly lays out the intricacies of his latest project Blank Face. The lyrics on Blank Face read like an urban legend come to life, carefully recounting the experiences of Quincey Hanley and his upbringing on the intense,
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Ace Hood StarVation | We the BestGrade: B+

Ace Hood stays hungry on latest mixtape ‘StarVation’

No matter the reception to Ace Hood’s music, there’s no denying his consistency when it comes to putting out the highest quality mixtape covers. From edited closeup shots to pictures with his children, the artwork always goes hard. That trend does not stop in StarVation where he stands tall on
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Desiigner New English | G.O.O.D. Music Grade: C

Desiigner drops lackluster first mixtape ‘New English’

Just so you know, Desiigner doesn’t actually have broads in Atlanta. Once a Soundcloud novelty, the Brooklyn rapper quickly rose to stardom after Kanye West sampled his hit single “Panda” for his Life of Pablo cut “Pt. 2.” Whether it’s his signature ad-libs or funnily disconcerting resemblance to Future, Desiigner
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Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway | Warner Bros. Records Grade: C-

Red Hot Chili Peppers serves up lukewarm 11th album

There’s a single, basic, unavoidable reality facing every Red Hot Chili Peppers album released — if the songs aren’t catchy, the album isn’t good. Is that a fair standard? Not really, but as a band that has spent 30 years building a jam-funk rock legacy on lyrics such as, “K-i-s-s-i-n-g
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Mitski Puberty 2 | Dead Oceans Grade: A

Mitski leaves her mark on indie rock with ‘Puberty 2’

Mitski lays out the premise of her new album, Puberty 2, exactly seven seconds in. Neatly laid over the skitter of drum machine ambience, the New York-based musician sighs, “Happy came to visit me.” There’s a lot to unpack over the duration of the album’s opening track (and arguable thesis),
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