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FEATURE: Mos Def, Quiet As Kept

Photography Matt SalacuseReadying the fourth album of his enigmatic career, reclusive rapper-cum-actor Mos Def has things to say that people need to hear. But you gotta listen close. Mos Def sounds like a grandpa when he speaks. He mutters. He grumbles. Tinged ...

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Big Pooh: Delightful Bars

RAPPER BIG POOH THE DELIGHTFUL BARS (NORTH AMERICAN PIE VERSION) (HALL OF JUSTUS/TRAFFIC) Few rap duos are truly ambidextrous. Half of the pair is either purely pedestrian or just pales in comparison to the other. Little Brother’s Big Pooh finds himself somewhere in ...

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J Dilla: Jay Stay Paid

J Dilla Jay Stay Paid (Nature Sounds) In his last years, James “J Dilla” Yancey’s MPC3000 must’ve acted like a respirator. Since losing a three-year battle with lupus in February 2006, the legendary producer’s unreleased material has proved fruitful enough for four posthumous ...

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