Hip Hop

Cocodrillo Turbo (CD)

It's impossible to describe Action Bronson in a way he hasn't already thought of. First and foremost, Action Bronson is a principled MC, a Queens legend respected for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, now a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. Cocodrillo Turbo includes features from Conway The Machine, Roc Marciano, Hologram, and Meyhem Lauren, with production from The Alchemist, Daringer, Roc Marciano, and Action Bronson.

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Melt My Eyez See Your Future (CD)

Florida’s hottest has returned with his most reflective and ambitious effort yet. Waxing nostalgic with nods to classic cinema and Star Wars, Denzel Curry has recruited a solid guest list that includes T-Pain and Robert Glasper, while Thundercat, JPEGMafia and more handle the beats and production.

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Check Your Head [Deluxe Edition] (LP)

The Beastie Boys’ multiplatinum 1992 album Check Your Head is noted for being less sample-heavy and bringing back live instruments, with Mike D on drums, Ad-Rock on guitar, and the late MCA on bass. Also significant for featuring Money Mark’s first appearance on keyboard with the group, the album reincorporated the Beastie Boys’ early punk influences into their sound and heightened their popularity in the ‘90s alternative scene. This year, Check Your Head celebrates its 30th anniversary with a grand slam of a reissue: A limited edition 4LP box set that includes the 2009 double LP remaster and two discs of B-sides, live tracks, and remixes. Time to dig in and enjoy!

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Gothic Luxury (CD)

Gothic Luxury is the striking new debut from Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies. Working with Dot Da Genius (Lil Nas X, Kid Cudi, Jhené Aiko), the production is ice cold, the lyrics incisive, the overall vibe cathartic. It’s a powerful, hard-hitting album, written in the aftermath of Meechy’s father’s killing by the Miami police in 2020. Gothic Luxury is compelling from beginning to end, filled with nuance, emotion, and impact.

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Cheat Codes (CD)

Can it really be seventeen years since DangerDOOM, the last hip-hop album from Danger Mouse? That collaboration with the late MF DOOM became a legend…and it looks like this new pairing with Black Thought is on the same stratosphere-reaching track. With a duo this talented, you know a galaxy of stars is gonna want to come out to play and the guests are truly high-caliber: Raekwon, Kid Sister, Joey Bada$$, Russ, Dylan Cartlidge, Michael Kiwanuka, A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels, and Conway the Machine are all along for the ride. MF DOOM even plays a part in the track “Belize.” It should come as no surprise that Cheat Codes is one of the most buzzed-about albums of 2022—and for good reason. It’s one of the year’s best.

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