Izza Kizza, 'The Wizard of Iz' (Decon)

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by Charles Aaron

Since he fizzed up lastyear, co-signed by Missy Elliott and Timbaland, rapping in a buoyant, syncopated whir about Klondike bars and baby back ribs (accompanied by Family Guy–sampling videos), Izza Kizza's provided as much pleasure for measure as any MC hustlin'. His second mix tape, featuring Lil Wayne, David Banner, and others, opens with another boisterous funk strut ("Bump") that has the "black Alice Cooper" gleefully flipping a Fresh Prince flow. Elsewhere, Kizza and producers the Soul Diggaz labor to craft more serious tracks ("Cocaine Dreams") and memorable hooks.

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