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Basic Vocab: The General Dynamic

Three brothers from Miami ditch crunk, haul that golden-age boom-bap to the present and wind up with a solid debut album.

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DJ Logic: Zen of Logic

DJ Logic returns to the instrumental turntablism game with an album that is stubbornly eclectic, tough to feel and even harder to comprehend.

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Pretty Girls Make Graves: Élan Vital

With stretch marks out in full display, Pretty Girls Make Graves hit puberty and deliver Élan Vital, an album shaped by the band's growing pains.

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jdwalker: them get you... them got you

Grab your mind machete because this album forces you to hack your way to the fringes of hip-hop and, once there, the environment ain't so accommodating.

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Cypress Hill: Greatest Hits From The Bong

You can't call it Greatest Hits From The Bong and forget all the songs that introduced me and my generation to joys of smoking pot.

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Black Wire: Black Wire

The band whose performance inspired the Kaiser Chiefs' "I Predict a Riot" look to carve out their own success, but are less successful at it.

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Various: The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1966-1974

Marina Records reaches into the vaults of time to offer up 20 kraut-a-delic ditties from Germany's dalliance with British mod and American counterculture.

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Buckshot and 9th Wonder: Chemistry

Black Moon's commander-in-chief, Buckshot, makes a close-to-classic return to prominence with the help of Little Brother producer 9th Wonder.

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Esthero: Wikked Lil Grrrls

Seven years after her debut, Esthero returns to ignite a musical revolution and spark a long-forgotten musical affair.

Pierre Hamilton
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Little Brother: The Chittlin Circuit 1.5 - The Official Mixtape: Unreleased Tracks, B-Sides and Rem

Take a tour of Little Brother's soul-stirring unreleased material, b-sides, and remixes on the legendary chitlin circuit.

Pierre Hamilton
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Music by the Living Dead?

Athlete's music might challenge you, but you'll have to decide if that's good or bad.

Pierre Hamilton
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I Self Divine: Self Destruction

I Self Divine spits consciousness, updates the state of race relations, and documents life from the Minneapolis perspective.

Pierre Hamilton
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Prefuse 73: Surrounded by Silence

Prefuse 73 loses the magical touch, filling out this album's incoherent and gaping holes with guest appearances.

Pierre Hamilton
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Daniel Lanois: Belladonna

Daniel Lanois' instrumental voyage willingly pitches us into an ocean made turbulent by conflicting emotions.

Pierre Hamilton
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Annie: Anniemal

Anniemal is one sugary sweet delight that you'll want to indulge in regardless of its cavity-causing qualities.

Pierre Hamilton
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Various Artists: Verve Remixed, Vol. 3

Three discs into the Verve Remixed series, jazz goes careening into the ghetto.

Pierre Hamilton
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Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent

You're standing at a bus stop. The bus is late, and when it pulls up, the driver looks a little freaked-out and is blasting some bastardized, neo-prog rap. Question: Are you on or off?"

Pierre Hamilton
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Louis XIV: The Best Little Secrets Are Kept

With Louis XIV glam rock is back in big way. This time it's tame and unbelievable, but occasionally sexy, even if it is in a creepy way.

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Various Artists: Run the Road

Disorderly and defiant, grime is an unfamiliar, yet intoxicating narrative that washes up on North American shores from the ghettoes of London. Savage and brutal it is the sound of hip-hop's new wave, the sound of tomorrow... today.

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2pac: Loyal to the Game

Unlike Biggie, 2Pac refuses to stay dead. With every posthumous release, overzealous producers try and capitalize on his cult-like status, succeeding only in besmirching the discography of a great ghetto warrior.

Pierre Hamilton
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The Comas + Vietnam

Like it or not, the torch burns on: Vietnam is the new Phish and proud of it.

Pierre Hamilton
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The Game: The Documentary

There is a saying in the hip-hop community that goes 'game recognizes game'. Backed by all-star rap cast, it's easy to see why he was handpicked to be the west coast's new Nigga Wit Attitude by the only man with the right to -- Dr. Dre.

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Various Artists: What is Hip? Remix Project 1

Warner Bros. hires a team of scientists to revive 14 classics tracks and make them hip again. Sometimes it works, but more often than not, the tracks gets the best of their masters, run amok, and leave the listener wishing they'd stayed buried.

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Nas: Street's Disciple

With middle age rapidly approaching, ghetto poet/prophet Nasir Jones settles in for the long haul. Of all his peers, he ages gracefully, although Street's Disciple two discs reflect the less-focused Nas of the past, a Nas that's ready to hand off the baton, but unsure what to do next.

Pierre Hamilton

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