Freestyle Fellowship, 'The Promise' (Decon)

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by Mosi Reeves

"We will never fall the fuck off," Freestyle Fellowship promised us on their 1991 classic To Whom It May Concern, back in an era when rhyming in blunt-filled ciphers was the new avant-garde. The L.A. collective may not have fallen off (though they came close with 2001's musically limited Temptations), but it's been a long and winding road to this glorious comeback album. On songs like "This Write Here" and "Step 2 the Side," the Fellowship remind us that jabberwocky word flows can still induce states of hypnosis, even when the MCs are "up on the gallows with two calico candles."

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