This month's slate of rap releases is dominated by the South in all its permutations. Big K.R.I.T. makes the kind of rap adored by those who see hip-hop as a model of spiritual aspiration. Curren$y is for those who dig pure lyrical style and verbal technique. And Waka Flocka Flame makes party rap for the thugs. Interestingly, the most controversial of the lot may be SpaceGhostPurrp, the Miami rapper whose co-sign by XL Recordings (the label behind hipster catnip Tyler, the Creator) made him appear destined for underground glory, but who is instead facing a backlash for his meandering yet intermittently interesting Mysterious Phonk. Damn those critics!
Meanwhile, if more traditional indie-rap is your bag, check out solid new albums from Oh No, who excavated Rudy Ray "Dolemite" Moore's old recordings to make Ohnomite; and prolific Washington, DC rapper/producer Oddisee. And yeah, Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group is here, too.