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dead prez, ‘Pulse of the People’ (Invasion Music/Boss Up)

With their third official album, dead prez invoke the current financial meltdown and seize the depressed zeitgeist. Songs like the synth-laden, Bun B-supported "Don't Hate…
Will Dukes / August 24, 2009

Black Eyed Peas, ‘The E.N.D.’ (Interscope)

With will.i.am and Fergie now White House VIPs, the Peas hone their post-millennial party anthems to an even more piquantly peppy sheen. On the single…
Will Dukes / May 20, 2009

B-Real, ‘Smoke N Mirrors’ (Duck Down)

Los Angeles' Cypress Hill, with their G'd-up-stoner-dude-meets-Beelzebub aesthetic, always represented an exceptional sonic mélange. And on his solo debut, Cypress frontman B-Real exemplifies his group's…
Will Dukes / February 2, 2009

N.Y.OIL, ‘Hood Treason’ (Babygrande/P.E.M.G.)

Back in 1991, N.Y.OIL (then known as Kool Kim of the U.M.C.s) dressed like a color-blind Breakin' extra and rapped with clever ebullience about "blue…
Will Dukes / September 18, 2008

Nappy Roots, ‘The Humdinger’ (N.R.E.G.)

After emerging six years ago as the South's quintessential regular joes with the single "Awnaw," and five years after their equally down-home but less commercially…
Will Dukes / September 18, 2008

J-Live, ‘Then What Happened?’ (BBE)

Since his classic underground debut album, 2001's The Best Part, former Brooklyn schoolteacher J-Live has enjoyed cultlike status as the quintessential no-frills indie MC --…
Will Dukes / September 18, 2008

Bun-B, ‘II Trill’ (Rap-a-Lot/Asylum)

Legendary Houston fixture Bun B has a flair for Southern-fried folksiness and lyrics that are as poignantly evocative as they are salaciously entertaining. On this…
Will Dukes / May 29, 2008

The Roots, ‘Rising Down’ (Def Jam)

As a general rule, Roots albums don't offer immediate gratification. Their concept-driven themes demand repeat listens, which doubtless can be attributed to the complex, good-cop/Bad…
Will Dukes / May 15, 2008

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