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  • Summary: The fourth solo studio release for the Philadelphia rapper features guest appearances by such artists as Marsha Ambrosius, Vivian Green, Musiq Soulchild, Neef Buck, and Wale.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    Through the first 11 tracks on Diamond In The Ruff, Freeway is near flawless, showcasing an array of styles and fresh patterns while refusing to peddle shallow perspective. And then, over the course of the final five songs, the album nearly falls off a cliff.
  2. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    It's packed with the right ingredients for yet another solid appraisal from both fans and critics.
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    75
    There's far more good here than bad, but there's definitely a sense of familiarity to Diamond in the Ruff.
  4. Dec 12, 2012
    70
    Even witg a few cuts off the mark, Free's latest effort bares plenty of reaffirming examples as to why the Philadelphia rhymeslinger's place amongst rap's elite is written in stone. [Dec 2012/Jan 2013, p.89]
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    53
    On Diamond in the Ruff, he sounds more than ever like he's the ultimate good soldier, one desperately in need of a general.
  6. Dec 11, 2012
    50
    It's one of those rap albums that's disappointing as often as slightly engaging, and oftentimes is hard to pinpoint exactly what's letting you down.