Album: Lil Boosie, Incarcerated (2010)

Boosie's music is, to use a cliche, raw and uncut. He treats his work as a fiercely authentic window into his experiences. He sees his art as a responsibility to be shouldered as much as a product of personal expression. Although he seems like a guy with an extremely low tolerance for equivocation and bullshit, there's a sincerity at the core of his project that keeps his art from being nihilistic. When his uncensored, unvarnished style hits on a particularly potent emotional truth, it can be devastating. For Boosie, there is no noise; only signal. Each word has its purpose, and no time is wasted. It makes it impossible to feel unmoved by "Betrayed," the kind of drama that makes Brutus and Caesar feel trivial.