13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since going solo in the late 2000s, Dominican rapper Lapiz Conciente has kept his beats unpredictable. Cicatrices thrillingly jumps between menacing hip-hop and bubbly tropical pop. Backed by a track that shrieks like a funky air-raid siren, he attacks the mic on the hater-dissing “Tamo Heavy,” but he also exposes his broken heart over a glittering reggaetón groove with the Leslie Grace feature “Bailando Te Olvidé.” If anything ties Lapiz’s dizzying album together, it’s the EDM flavor producers like Happy Colors bring to highlights like “El Viernes,” a 21st-century hip-house track that could rock clubs from Ibiza to Santo Domingo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since going solo in the late 2000s, Dominican rapper Lapiz Conciente has kept his beats unpredictable. Cicatrices thrillingly jumps between menacing hip-hop and bubbly tropical pop. Backed by a track that shrieks like a funky air-raid siren, he attacks the mic on the hater-dissing “Tamo Heavy,” but he also exposes his broken heart over a glittering reggaetón groove with the Leslie Grace feature “Bailando Te Olvidé.” If anything ties Lapiz’s dizzying album together, it’s the EDM flavor producers like Happy Colors bring to highlights like “El Viernes,” a 21st-century hip-house track that could rock clubs from Ibiza to Santo Domingo.

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