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Beyoncé 4

Beyoncé's got her fourth album and her fourth number one…aptly named 4. With this record, she's earned her stripes, so rumors swirled that she was indulging her whims production-wise by collaborating with Diplo and Fela Kuti and recording upwards of seventy songs. But,rumors were just that, and of those seventy tracks, Beyoncé picked some doozies. Greg hears more soul on the ballads, but otherwise is disappointed by the hodge podge of bad choices. Jim can't even get behind the ballads and calls 4 the epitomy of factory-made pop product. 4 = 2 Trash Its.

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Chance The Rapper I might Need Security

Chance The Rapper just dropped his latest EP, 4 new songs, which was technically released as 4 concurrent singles: Wala Cam, 65th & Ingleside, I might Need Security, and Work Out. The release immediately made news for more reasons than one. First off, the rapper hasn't released a solo project since Coloring Book in 2016. That project garnered critical acclaim, as well as 3 Grammys. Secondly, on I Might Need Security, a fiery track on 4, Chance announced that he had purchased the Chicagoist(a now defunct news and culture website that was a sister site to the Gothamist). Greg notes that the song also addresses Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for the way that they have dealt with police-involved shootings and violence in Chicago. Greg notes that the EP shows a more political slant than he has previously; but also showcases a vulnerable side with 65th & Ingleside. Greg calls that track“refreshing”in the way that it deals with Chance's relationship with his now-fiancée and child.“Security”is, according to Jim, "the song that everyone is talking about [on 4], but "65th and Ingleside", that's the brilliant one here".

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Turkey Shoot

Time to round up the turkeys! Jim and Greg name this year's most disappointing albums as part of their Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. These aren't just bad records, but ones that should have been so much better. Here are the Butterballs and Tofurkeys for 2011:

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