• Nines - "Break Away"

    Countless great rappers have articulated the drug dealer's dichotomy—the pull of the game balanced against seeing  so many friends dead or in jail—but when done well it still makes totally compelling music. British rapper Nines pulls no punches on his new album One Foot Out, breaking down his struggles and his successes across 15 tracks of low-key but vivdly detailed spitting. The whole album is so consistent that it's hard to pick favorites, but "Break Away" is a current favorite. —Alex Gardner