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9th Wonder, ‘Dream Merchant, Vol. 2’ (6 Hole/ Hall of Justus)

Savvily dipping into ’70s soul and R&B samples, 9th Wonder has produced ace tracks for Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, and his ex-group Little Brother. But this showcase for countless, relatively unknown MCs is a lot to sift through. While distinctive, 9th’s style rarely strays beyond boom-bap territory. And the quality of the tracks ranges from jewels like “Shots,” where Sean Price and Big Dho ruminate about gun-obsessed rappers over lush strings, to unremarkable cuts like Camp Lo’s “Milky Lowa,” which drones on and on like a bad funk metronome.

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