Tanya Morgan, 'Brooklynati' (Interdependent Media)

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by Mosi Reeves

Three years after their debut, this trio is already preoccupied with career issues, from half-assed promoters to message-board haters. But MCs Donwill and Ilyas and MC-producer Von Pea lend a fresh perspective to these shopworn clichés. Crisp beat loops recalling Pete Rock and 9th Wonder accompany smooth hip-hop soul ("Never Enough") and indie-rap ciphers ("Never 2ndary"). And smart, left-field parodies such as "Hardcore Gentlemen," which sends up early-'90s horrorcore, prove that Tanya Morgan may go hard in pursuit of rap dreams, but they haven't lost their infectious sense of humor.

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