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Lifesavas, ‘Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack’ (Quannum)

For the follow up to their promising 2003 debut, Spirit in Stone, this indie-rap duo reinvent themselves as ghetto superheroes, rechristen their Portland, Oregon hometown “Razorblade City,” and invite George Clinton, Fishbone, dead pres, Smif N Wussun, and others to join the fun. The blaxploitation concept allows Jumbo the Garbageman and Vursatyl to ruminate on the war in Iraq (“Long Letter”), fresh MC’ing (“Double Up”), spirituality (“Take Me Away”), and urban pathology (“Dead Ones”) from a myriad of perspectives. But no matter how esoteric the narrative gets, Jumbo’s bulbous, bassy, and soulful beats keep the party grounded.

Now Hear This: Lifesavas – “Gutterfly” DOWNLOAD MP3