Recording information: Ameraycan Recording Studios; Encore Recording Studios; Paramount Recording Studios.
Crime and punishment had been pushing back Chief Keef's Bang 3 album since late 2013, and when it finally dropped in the summer of 2015, the rapper's hologram couldn't even get through a full concert before police shut it down. Wildin' out and making news is what drives the man, but it wouldn't hurt if he talked about artistic growth as well because Bang 3 is a serious step up from his debut. Highlight "Superheroes" is filled with more gun talk, but this time it's delivered with guest A$AP Rocky and a purposeful bark from Keef when he used to wander off into a mumble. This sure and stark delivery is all over the album, and yet "Ain't Missin' You" finds Keef sincerely singing an ode to his late friend and fellow Glo Gang member Big Glo. Mac Miller makes a guest appearance while Zaytoven and house crew Glo Gang Productions handle most of the beats. ~ David Jeffries