Maitre Gims – Mon Coeur Avait Raison (2015)

The French performer’s second solo album, following 2013’s “Subliminal,” is a risky proposition: A double-disc concept album, with the first half being “Pilule Bleue” (Blue Pill), expounding on sadness and reflection, and “Pilule Rouge” (Red Pill), a second half more focused on anger and racial identity. While thematically there’s a lot going on, the music itself is simple and straightforward, making the experience palatable and poignant rather than overdrawn and overlong, and Gims has a strong singing voice and manages to highlight truly terrific lyrics along the way. Highly recommended for political rap fans.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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