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Flipsyde - We The People
Written by Kenyetta Suggars a.k.a K-Shug   

hip-hop reviews Flipsyde is definitely flipping the music world with their debut release We The People.

This album is verbally refreshing and invites the head-bobbing of hip-hop lovers, the hips of salsa dancers, the ears of country fans, and the foot-stomping of rock addicts. It's no wonder this album represents different musical taste as the group is comprised of four talented men all the way from South America to Alabama to the Bay Area. Piper, Steve Knight, Dave Lopez, and D-Sharp spit and sing unique lyrics that shed light on subjects that are not found dominant in music-politics, prayer, and unity.

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Ugly Duckling – Bang for the Buck
Written by Henry Adaso   

hip-hop reviews Hip-hop fans often complain that they miss the golden era of rap – the old school. Ugly Duckling must have overheard those complaints because the Long Beach, California crew consistently attempts to re-produce the fun of 80's rap on their latest entry, Bang for The Buck. By incorporating boom bap sounds into some intricate programming that weren't possible two decades ago, U.D. has managed to combine old school flavor with a new school perspective.

Sometimes the formula works - like the urgent "Left Behind" where the CA collective deliver their spiel with Arrested Development steez. The levitating opener and title track "Bang for The Buck" and the nostalgic "Slow the Flow" both reveal U.D.'s obsession with retro rap. 

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Talib Kweli - Right About Now - The Official Sucka Free Mix CD
Written by Franklin Grimes   

hip-hop reviews If ASCAP numbers reflected the viewership of the masses like the Nielsen ratings, Talib Kweli would probably rank alongside the socially conscious programming of KCET. Despite truly keeping it real to the hip hop culture and garnering the respect of commercial kingpins the likes of 50 Cent and Jigga Jay-Z, Talib Kweli struggles to solidify his niche in the hearts of hip-hop’s latest generation of heads.

Right About Now… is a shout in the dark – “I’m still here and I’m not going anywhere.” 

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The Lost Children Of Babylon – The 911 Report: The Ultimate Conspiracy
Written by Franklin Grimes   

hip-hop reviews Back in 1997, Capone-N-Noreaga released the heated album, The War Report, amidst the flaring egos of the east coast/west coast feud. By harnessing the controversial imagery of rocking desert fatigues and drawing connections between Lefraq and Iraq, CNN garnered enough media hype to distance themselves from the rest of the rapping riff raff.

Images of the falling towers behind what I can only describe as a Taliban member wrapped in the American flag dawn the cover. With the use of Arabic characters littered throughout the inserts and track listings, The Lost Children of Babylon make it abundantly clear that they are…angry?

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Trae - Restless
Written by Kristofer Upjohn   

hip-hop reviews Trae’s Restless is a bit baffling. It’s one of those CDs you just have no reaction to. It’s not bad so as to be laughable. But it doesn’t grab either.

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