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Steven Taylor

Review: Earl Sweatshirt's Some Rap Songs: The album could be a blueprint for the future sound of hip-hop, but for now, it’s unlikely the avant-garde lyricism will dominate RapCaviar anytime soon. more

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Album review: Anderson .Paak's Oxnard: The album is less cohesive and introspective than his modern day classic Malibu, but it's still a freewheeling and occasionally exhilarating ride. more

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Album review: Vince Staples's FM! While many new hip-hop albums are full of bloat, Staples packs blunt, clever verses, elastic flows and two solid guest appearances into just 22 minutes. more

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Album review: Wrld On Drugs, the inter-generational collaboration between Future & Juice WRLD, seems like a match made in drug-rap heaven, but it sounds more like a cash-in than the masterpiece it could have been. more

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Album review: On Lil Wayne's long-awaited The Carter V, he shows he can still hang with contemporary rap flows and sometimes improve on them. more

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On Lou Phelps's new album, 002/LOVE ME, executive produced by his brother Kaytranada, the Montreal rapper is comfortable revelling within the crevices of beats rather than lording over them more

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Lil Berete, the current pride of Regent Park, could stand to personalize his northern trap style on his debut mixtape Icebreaker, but the potential here is vast. more

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Anton Mak

Despite being the highest-grossing genre in the world, hip-hop often struggles for space on local stages more

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Album review: Nicki Minaj's Queen. Her inconsistent mix of romantic vulnerability and cartoonish boasting is starting to get old. more

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Prime Boys' debut album Koba World is both celebratory and mournful – the Toronto trio's first music since their manager and friend Koba Prime's murder in a Queen West shooting. more

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Jeremy Rodney-Hall

Jazz Cartier's new album Fleurever, reviewed: On his third full-length and first on a major label, the Toronto rapper is efficiently and single-mindedly focused on success – almost too focused more

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Adam Pulicicchio

While local Toronto radio stations are re-embracing up-and-coming musicians, some are finding it cheaper and more accessible to go around the dial. Belly, Tasha The Amazon, Simon "Stretch" Yonannes and Paul "Mastermind" Parhar weigh in. more

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The hip-hop superstar's double album doesn't take chances, but at 25 tracks, it's a masterful summation of his strengths as a rapper and singer more

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z's new album as The Carters, Everything Is Love, reconciles infidelity and betrayal, but also humility vs. hubris and the realities of Blackness vs. the privileges of wealth. more

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Tona's syllable-cramming delivery and gritty beats go against the melodic vocal delivery and smoothed out ambient soundscapes that some would immediately associate with a Toronto hip-hop sound in 2018, but that doesn't mean he should be overlooked. more

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Kanye West - Ye album review: Do the rapper/producer's raw honesty and still-fascinating artistry justify overlooking his more reprehensible traits? more

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Pusha T's Drake diss track The Story Of Adidon is petty, personal and as addictive as Benadryl before bed – and although I have all the time in the world for it, it leaves me very, very tired. Have I aged out of rap beefs? more

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The adventurous Harlem rapper gets introspective on his third album, but style eclipses substance more

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Album Review: Pusha T's seven-song Kanye West produced Daytona just dropped. The stripped-down and sombre new record mostly sidesteps Kanye's exhausting recent devil's advocacy... aside from a couple of things more

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J. Cole's KOD, the rapper's fifth album, cycles through the ups and downs of addiction, throwing a few shots at trendy trap-rappers along the way. more

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