Ill Eagle Alien
Label: Konvict Live/Geffen Records
Despite the anti-capitalist title, Not 4 Sale, with its high-end production and T-Pain guest spots, is the most commercially viable release from this Toronto rapper. But don't call it a sellout: Kardi retains much of the gruff, ragga-tinged flavor that's made him a favorite among hardcore rap fans. Songs like "Set It Off," featuring Clipse, and "Burnt," are a perfect mix of club-rap beats and Kingston-style spitting. It's an album full of surprises, like "Numba 1," which transcends its Rihanna hook with a thrilling, Caribbean drumline beat and some dirty toasting over top.