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Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek - Reflection Eternal CD
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek - Reflection Eternal CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"I became a huge fan of Kweli after purchasing his collaboration with Mos Def, "Black Star". Kweli's impenetrable flow held my attention to it's fullest. After hearing "DEFinition", I knew I had been missing out on some true talent over the years. Without hesitation, I immediately snatched up this cr..." Read more
Madvillain - Madvillainy CD
Madvillain - Madvillainy CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"Like many of you, this was my first outing with MF Doom and Madlib. If you did your research, you would find that the two are highly respected in the world of [underground] hip-hop. MF Doom (aka Zev Love X) has a history dating back to 3rd Bass' "Cactus Album" from 1989. Madlib also made his debut i..." Read more
Del the Funky Homosapien - I Wish My Brother George CD
Del the Funky Homosapien - I Wish My Brother George CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"Like many hip-hop masterpieces, I too slept on this far too long. Del's collaboration with Dan The Automator and Kid Koala, "Deltron 3030", was one of my favorite rap albums in the past 10 years. If I hadn't discovered that masterpiece, I would have never discovered "I Wish My Brother George Was Her..." Read more
Mr. Lif - Live At the Middle East CD
Mr. Lif - Live At the Middle East CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"I saw Mr. Lif a couple weeks ago performing alongside Aesop Rock in Minneapolis. Needless to say, that was simply one of the most mind-blowing concerts I've ever seen. Both emcees were nailing every verse on point. That was enough for me to somewhat complete my Mr. Lif collection with "Live at The M..." Read more
Jurassic 5 - Power In Numbers CD
Jurassic 5 - Power In Numbers CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"I have to give credit to this album for being a large stepping stone in my infatuation for hip-hop. It was one of those albums that came along and showed me that hip-hop wasn't dead. And that there are still some great musicians reviving the muddled commercial product of hip-hop. The lyrics are true..." Read more
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By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"Like you, I loved the first Gorillaz record. But also like you, I was a little worried about Gorillaz falling prey to the dreaded sophomore slump that many bands subsequently release after belting out such a stunning debut. Unfortunately, a lot of people are calling "Demon Days" just that, which cou..." Read more
Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full CD
Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"When I ask myself questions like - Who's the best emcee on the planet? Who's flow is completely state-of-the-art? Which emcee has the most mic presence? Who's flow is so potent, that it makes your jaw drop in awe? Well, only two names come to mind, and those are KRS-One and Rakim. These two guys are..." Read more
Mr. Lif - Emergency Rations CD EP
Mr. Lif - Emergency Rations CD EP

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"I know, how could an EP be worth 5 stars? But the truth is, is that this EP is just as potent as Mr. Lif's critically acclaimed "I Phantom". The album also delivers a concept. The premise being that Mr. Lif has been kidnapped by unidentified government agents, and is now missing. Throughout the albu..." Read more
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By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"I'm not even sure where I heard of Diverse, but boy am I glad that I discovered "One A.M."; an album that I'm loving more and more after every rotation. His flow is what makes this album so addictive. He possesses tongue twisting rhymes that could sustain the album's rhythm on their own. His flow is..." Read more
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By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"I had to buy this album after falling in love with Mr. Lif's "I Phantom". That, and Definitive Jux was pimping out the CD pretty hard on the front page of their web site. I listen to, and review TONS of underground rap CDs. And, I usually find that my favorites are solo efforts (one emcee and one de..." Read more
EPMD - Strictly Business (25th) CD
EPMD - Strictly Business (25th) CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"Oh yes, EPMD are all about chillin' like villains. This album is so different from most albums released in the "golden age" of rap. The music is laid-back, soulful and funky. They spit the dopest rhymes in their signature monotone flow, and make it seem like child's play. Their style was far differe..." Read more
Sole - Bottle of Humans CD
Sole - Bottle of Humans CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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""I've got a thousand ways to say nothing," Sole yells out in the album opener. I can't help but connect that phrase to most of the artists on Anticon. They bring something new and totally unconventional to the table, that scares a lot of people away; including myself. But Sole, founder of Anticon, i..." Read more
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By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"Obviously heavily influenced by the works of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions; Mr. Lif can be referred to as a protest rapper. The cover of the album sums up the lyrical content nicely. The images are symbols of media, government, food, religion, law, sex, violence, and drugs. We are kept so..." Read more
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By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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""Straight Outta Compton" created a revolution in gangsta rap; influencing countless acts to follow in their footsteps. It's a common misconception to think that this was the first gangsta rap album ever. The album was originally released in 1988. Shocking narratives of ghetto street life were in ful..." Read more
Common Market - Black Patch War CD EP
Common Market - Black Patch War CD EP

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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4.0 out of 5 stars RA Scion & Sabzi deliver the goods!, May 30, 2008

I first came in contact with this Seattle-based duo by way of their Massline label counterparts Blue Scholars (Geologic & Sabzi). Hands down, Sabzi is one of my favorite beat-makers of the new millennium, and I never miss a..."
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Nas - Nas CD
Nas - Nas CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"Nas' classic debut utterly defines Nas in the hip-hop community. A definition that not always works in his favor, as each and every subsequent release has been tirelessly compared to his magnum opus, which is "Illmatic". As much as some would like to see him return to the days of old, I personally p..." Read more
RZA as Bobby Digital - Digi Snax CD
RZA as Bobby Digital - Digi Snax CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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""Digi Snacks" marks a significant change in RZA's style. It's quite a bit different than his other offerings as Bobby Digital. And anyone who's been following his recent Wu & non-Wu projects, knows he's up on the experimental tip as of late. With that said, "Digi Snacks" offers some incredible produ..." Read more
KRS One - Return Of The Boom Bap CD
KRS One - Return Of The Boom Bap CD

By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"By time 1993 rolled around, cats were getting a lot more lyrical in the hip-hop lexicon. It was virtually a game of "can you top this" as several well-oiled rhyming machines left mediocre & stagnant rappers in a cloud of dust. KRS-One has always stayed ahead of the trends, and " Return of the Boom B..." Read more
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By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"Nametag has been one of my favorite rookies within the passing year, and it's thanks to his fine debut album "Ahead Of The Basics". He definitely proves he's FAR ahead of the basics here with an excellent lineup of beats and rhymes. Lyrically, Nametag is an excellent writer and an excellent rapper. ..." Read more
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By: alanp0099 on January 2, 2009
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"One thing you'll find when discussing the greatest hip-hop producers of all time is that cats seem to forget Kurtis Mantronik's undeniable contributions to hip-hop, especially at the time when Marley Marl was ripping through classics with the Juice Crew. Kurtis would go on to make a slightly larger ..." Read more

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