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20 Questions: Beans

The prolific ex-Antipop Consortium rapper is releasing three full-length albums and his debut novel on the same day, and shares his loves and influences in depth with PopMatters.

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Beans: End It All

End It All is more like a new mixtape than a new proper album, a collection of songs that just had to find their way to public consumption.

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Beans: Only

Like many previous attempts to mine similar territory, this meeting between Beans' avant-garde hip-hop and William Parker and Hamid Drake's avant-garde jazz is not the groundbreaking mash-up that it aspires to be.

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Beans: Shock City Maverick

Beans' second solo effort is an improvement on his debut, but still patchy. You also get the feeling that the main reason he's in a field by himself is that no other MC wants to share it with him.

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