X-Clan, ‘Return from Mecca’ (Suburban Noize)
It’s hard to imagine an album by these late-’80s black nationalist funk bombers without leader Professor X’s basso profundo imprecations (“This is protected by the red, the black, and the green” or the less noble “Sissy!”). Still, despite his death last March, the Brooklyn collective soldiers on (assisted by guests, including Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na and KRS-One) in search of a relevant sound and context. While Brother J’s voice remains a forceful instrument and the songs are reasonably taut, they lack the urgency of present-day heirs dead prez. Most sadly, there’s even a Professor X imitator in the mix, not to mention a dismal rap-rock track perpetrated by Papa Roach.
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