AG: Get Dirty Radio

[6 December 2006]

By A. L. Friedman

As a member of the legendary uptown crew Diggin in the Crates, Andre the Giant knows how to pick his beats.  For Get Dirty Radio, his first solo album in seven years, Andre wisely chose to record in California, allowing him easier access to the top-shelf underground production from the likes of Madlib, Jake One, and DJ Design.  AG hasn’t updated his style much in the last decade, but he still sounds sharp on tracks like “Gigantic” and “Say Yeah”.  He also avoids the hip-hop proselytizing and endless references to back in the day that drag down most rappers past their salad days; AG sounds like he still likes rap, and isn’t just recording out of nostalgia.

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