March 11, 2017

Various Artists - Raw Materials Two (More Joints From The U.K. Hip-Hop Underground) (2000)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Hip-Hop
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Review by Jason Young for
To be completely honest, although I do consider myself to be quite knowledgeable about rap music in general, the UK Hip Hop scene is not one I'm very familiar with. In fact, of the twelve cuts presented on this compilation, the only featured artist I believe I've heard of is Roots Manuva. And considering the incredible strength of his solo LP (check it out, if you haven't already), I anticipated great things from his fellow British countrymen on "Joints". Suffice to say, I was not disappointed. Not by a long shot.
That's not to say that it didn't take some getting used to, though. First listening to the album, it's a strange adjustment for a North American rap fan like myself to get accustomed to the British accents heard within. And that in itself is the main sticking point that seems to divide peoples' opinions about this CD. I personally found myself digging it though, because it can allow for some pretty original flows and rhyme schemes, like on "Cobblestones" by Braintax:..... full review here


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