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Kosha Dillz

Beverly Dillz

(Coalmine; US: 10 Nov 2009; UK: Import)

Kosha Dillz arrives just in time to relieve the bad taste left in most hip-hoppers’ mouths by Asher Roth. Riding on a similar platform of hip, on-campus conversational raps, Dillz delivers his debut LP Beverly Dillz and succeeds largely because he actually sounds like he’s aiming to impress—not that this should come as a surprise. Dillz is currently on tour with the RZA and cut his first full project with East Coast underground legend and former MTV Made coach C-Rayz Walz. Beverly Dillz, recorded during a West Coast vacation, is a simple and fun-loving album that has an obvious longing for the golden era of hip-hop. It does carry a bit of a hipster slant to it, especially with songs like “Fat Love” and “See What I’m About” that sound like a Weird Al interpretation of KiD CuDi. However, at 42 minutes, Beverly Dillz won’t take up too much of your time, and the album’s sense of humor is inviting.

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David Amidon has been writing for PopMatters since 2009, focusing on hip-hop, R&B and pop. He also manages Run That Shit on RateYourMusic.com, a collection of lists and rankings of over 1,000 reviewed hip-hop albums created mostly to be helpful and/or instigating. You can reach him on Twitter at @Nodima.


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