"When Bobby Sessions released "Black America" on Martin Luther King Day, it was a statement of intent for the album — his first — that would drop 10 months later. But if that song was bleak, and its subject matter (police brutality) reinforced with depressing frequency throughout the rest of the year, thenLOA used it as the basis for a grander, more ambitious vision. "Black America" might be the reality of Sessions' world, but LOA is the expression of his aspirations to overcome it, to reach his dreams, to achieve greatness. Conceptually tight and pulled together with the help of a host of guest spots and producers, including fellow rappers -topic and Blue, the Misift, LOA winds from the death march crackle of "Black Neighborhood" to the D'Angelo-channeling groove of "Am I Dumb?" with slinky ease. Which is the neatest trick that Sessions pulls off: LOA is one of the most ambitious albums of the year, but he executes it in such a way that you can believe anything is possible — even when so much of 2015 has suggested otherwise."