Sweet Serenade featuring Chris Brown
Label: Getting Out Our Dreams Inc. (G.O.O.D.) Music / IDJ
Ever since he was known as Terrar, the Virginia rapper has specialized in metaphor flourishes on the coke slinger's lifestyle. The difference between this and his prior album, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, is its superior production, like 88-Keys' clipped organ notes on "Numbers on the Boards," Pharrell's kazoo-like rhythm on "Suicide" and The-Dream's keyboard riffs on "Let Me Love You." Pusha T is an ace lyricist with a limited topical palette, and he shines brightest when working over beats that allow him to display, as he puts it on "Pain," his "drug dealer brilliance."