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Freestyle Fellowship, ‘The Promise’ (Decon)

“We will never fall the fuck off,” Freestyle Fellowship promised us on their 1991 classic To Whom It May Concern, back in an era when rhyming in blunt-filled ciphers was the new avant-garde. The L.A. collective may not have fallen off (though they came close with 2001’s musically limited Temptations), but it’s been a long and winding road to this glorious comeback album. On songs like “This Write Here” and “Step 2 the Side,” the Fellowship remind us that jabberwocky word flows can still induce states of hypnosis, even when the MCs are “up on the gallows with two calico candles.”