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Spin (12/00, p.233) - 7 out of 10 - "...Aesop's voice is a rich, flat bass cut with a thin growl....exploring variations within timbre to access a vast emotional range....he purrs contentedly, knowing that his vision will always poke through the haze."Entertainment Weekly (9/28/01, p.74) - "...[The] ambient grooves make the Wu-Tang Clan seem tired, while the hyper-enunciated rhymes make KRS ONE sound like a stutterer..." - Rating: AUncut (11/01, p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...An esoteric and gripping ride..."Alternative Press (p.104) - "Songs such as 'Labor,' '9-5er's Anthem' and 'Daylight' -- which is considered his best song to date -- reflect on the frustrations and struggles of employment."The Wire (1/02, p.40) - Ranked #45 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".0.26567

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Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (9/5/02, pp.69-70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their most ambitious album...Their riotous manifesto remains the same, but their musical dialect has expanded to include blues, soul and even traces of pristine Led Zepplin-era metal..."Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (9/5/02, pp.69-70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their most ambitious album...Their riotous manifesto remains the same, but their musical dialect has expanded to include blues, soul and even traces of pristine Led Zepplin-era metal..."Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #12 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Their post-9/11 record, their postpartum record, and their sharpest statement yet."Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #12 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Their post-9/11 record, their postpartum record, and their sharpest statement yet."Q (10/02, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Sometimes an attitude, a thumping beat and an A-plus scream like the one Carrie Brownstein provides here are really all that's needed."Q (10/02, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Sometimes an attitude, a thumping beat and an A-plus scream like the one Carrie Brownstein provides here are really all that's needed."Uncut (1/03, p.97) - Ranked #58 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (10/02, p.104) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...music of angles and intensity and art-inflected fury...fiercely bright, socially and emotionally engaged, justifiably righteous in places..."Uncut (1/03, p.97) - Ranked #58 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (10/02, p.104) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...music of angles and intensity and art-inflected fury...fiercely bright, socially and emotionally engaged, justifiably righteous in places..."The Wire (9/02, p.63) - "...On ONE BEAT the trio confidently attempt a more complex take on the world....In places they come over like latterday Ronettes crossed with Shellac informed by the wisdom of Billie Holiday..."The Wire (9/02, p.63) - "...On ONE BEAT the trio confidently attempt a more complex take on the world....In places they come over like latterday Ronettes crossed with Shellac informed by the wisdom of Billie Holiday..."CMJ (12/30/02, p.10) - Ranked #6 on CMJ's "Top 10 of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (9/02, p.108) - "...one of the great rock 'n' roll bands...these thirtysomethings have set themselves on shaping the future."Mojo (Publisher) (9/02, p.108) - "...one of the great rock 'n' roll bands...these thirtysomethings have set themselves on shaping the future."NME (Magazine) (8/17/02, p.32) - 7 out of 10 - "...In between the domestic, the commercial and the worldly, Sleater-Kinney keep it wild."NME (Magazine) (8/17/02, p.32) - 7 out of 10 - "...In between the domestic, the commercial and the worldly, Sleater-Kinney keep it wild."20.84027

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Spin (pp.114-116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The vocals can still dilate your pupils, but her melodies deseve equal attention, as Stern bids to become one of the few finger-tappers who's also a songwriter."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Backed by noise-rock drummer supreme Zach Hill, the fleet-fingered autodidact shred and taps through 'Transformer''s concentric riffage..."Blender (Magazine) (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Her music is exhilarating, enigma-packed and, despite the unceasing noise barrage, winningly sweet."Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.73) - "[T]he overall sound is unmistakably her own. Stern's physical voice takes up more space: the echo effects on 'Shea Stadium' conjure its namesake; 'Ruler''s sighing choruses are buoyed by Stern's worn-in leads."8.818044

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Magnet (12-1/02, p.102) - "...Combines the lush textures of echo-drenched dream-rock with the swirling, celestial sounds of the '60s consciousness expansion..."CMJ (9/3/01, p.17) - "...Enticing and glorious mope-core..."8.804656

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Spin (p.105) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Toth transforms himself, chewing the panoramic scenery like a Dylan-tongued soothsayer..."Entertainment Weekly (p.p.77) - "Their stripped-down country-tinged vibe is often reminiscent of Dylan circa JOHN WESLEY HARDING." -- Grade: B+Uncut (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e's channeling Dylan at his most feral and prophetic....Words and visions tumble out of Toth with convincing spirit."The Wire (p.65) - "[T]he group's unconcealed repetition gives the music its trance-inducing charm."8.804656

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The Wire (8/02, p.51) - "...REVEILLE is their most composed record....They mix noise aesthetics and a Beach Boys/California pop sensibility....It makes for a wondrous ride.."8.799968

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Vibe (p.74) - "[A] steady barrage of unapologetic boom-bap from Marley....[The album] contains some of KRS' best one-liners in years..."0.778428

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Rolling Stone (6/27/91) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...[hear KRS-ONE] strike a balance between the obvious physical appeal and its more literary purpose of imparting ideas and information..."Spin (p.90) - "[A] greatest-hits-type run from an MC too deeply self-important to skip an opportunity to testify."Entertainment Weekly (4/12/91) - "...Neither KRS-One nor the roaring crowds can contain themselves: The rapper's voice ripples with glee and passion over resonating, unadorned beats; his audiences hang with him all the way, shouting and chanting along with his messages of black pride and social activism..." - Rating: A+0.5147965

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Spin (p.80) - "Thankfully, their oratorical skills remain undiminished."CMJ - "KRS-One's charismatic from-the-diaphragm boom sits congruently alongside Buckshot's creamy yet no less commanding flow..."XXL (Magazine Publisher) (p.126) - "The duo's chemistry is apparent on the anti-Auto-Tune single `Robot,' as Buck's laid-back delivery offsets KRS' booming timbre over a straightforward beat from Mobb Deep's Havoc."0.4593227

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Rolling Stone (6/7/01, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...He still commands attention...his booming voice and confidence now delivering warmer, fuzzier messages....ambiguous yet spirited..."CMJ (5/28/01, p.20) - "...Stripped-down and basic in a great way..."Vibe (6/01, p.154) - 3 discs out of 5 - "...KRS-One sounds as hungry and passionate as ever....taking the current rap scene to task fro its materialism, fickleness, and self-destructive commericalism..."NME (Magazine) (5/12/01, p.40) - 7 out of 10 - "...KRS-One's harsh, Jamaican-inflected tones compensate - and communicate the urgency of his mission to save hip-hop from an early corporate grave."0.3429493

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Rolling Stone (5/15/97, p.115) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...a smorgasbord of jazzy rhythms, R&B melodies, and, as usual, old-school boom bap--all propelled by KRS-One's trademark boastful lilts..."Entertainment Weekly (6/13/97, pp.68-69) - "...In a stunning return to form, this hip-hop revolutionary finally sounds like he's having fun." - Rating: A-The Source (5/97, p.127) - 3.5 Mics (out of 5) - "...Kris is hip-hop's Cassius Clay....the Blastmaster slices through lyrics like a cuisinart, showcasing his preternatural oratorical schemes....KRS-One's albums, BDP or otherwise, have always remained pertinent and inventive..."0.3429493

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Vibe (2/95, pp.83-84) - "...Short values easy rhymes, phat bass, and explicit sex....You can see Short's influence...in the street-level successes of Bay Area MCs and producers...in the way [rappers] pay tributes to the idiosyncracies of their 'hoods...and in the way folks like KRS-One and the Fugees have to remind everyone...where hip-hop originated."0.3031272

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Rolling Stone (6/8/00, pp.124-6) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Bouncy and intelligent....A diverse battalion of lyrical heavyweights works all the angles....reminding us why Tony is a street legend - he gives people what they want."CMJ (5/1/00, p.30) - "...Inundated with jaw-dropping cameos and collaborations from some of the hottest names in hip-hop..."Vibe (5/00, p.178) - "...'Tony Toca' flexes his skills on the 1's and 2's as well as on the production board and the mike....the big guns...show up ready to party - dropping punchline-filled knockout verses over Tony's mercilessly pounding melodies..."The Source (6/00, pp.216-18) - 4 mics out of 5 - "...Touch does the mic justice....with Touch applying his trademark sound, you'll have a difficult time finding any major leaks. This opus sounds like the best of [his] mixtapes - and is long overdue."Rap Pages (7/00, p.55) - "...Flows like liquid with strong contributions from Total's Pam and Keisha, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, Cypress Hill, The Likwit Crew and Eminem..."0.2892808

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Rolling Stone (2/4/99, pp.59-60) - "...these Orange County, California, lover boys go off the deep end with gorgeous psychedelic guitar hooks and drum loops....hip-hop is just one of the influences corrupting their depraved young minds, and everything they play is shaped by the cut-and-paste aesthetic of the the sampler..."Q (6/99, p.114) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...a sure pop touch which is ably demonstrated on the new-wavey Personal Space Invader, makes 14:59 a great little summer record."NME (Magazine) (6/19/99, p.30) - 7 out of 10 - "...if you wanted a soundtrack for the kind of sun-kissed pool-party the sleeve depicts, '14:59' is maybe as good as you could get today..."0.251637

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Entertainment Weekly (4/24/98, pp.76-77) - "...With an ear to the streets and an eye on the rap-heavy pop charts, Beatty helped assemble an all-star hip-hop companion album--and a credible one at that. The best tracks tap into the anti-gangsta positivity that's slowly flowering again in hip hip-hop..."- Rating: B0.2029777

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Spin (3/96, pp.114-115) - 6 (out of 10) - "...these sonic collages are one of the last few bastions of raw hip-hop culture....The inspired layering of Mobb Deep's `Shook Ones Pt. II' over `The Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' ta F' Wit' recalls the best of Flex's homegrown stuff..."Melody Maker (2/3/96, p.41) - "...Combining fluid timing, intuitive scratching and guest-star freestyles...Flex knows how to make a mix tape...into something akin to a journey, a concept....the most accessible chance you'll get to hear his transmission from hip hop's cutting edge..."NME (Magazine) (1/13/96, p.34) - 8 (out of 10) - "...in the land of all things groovesome...the mix tape makes perfect sense....a carefully balanced combination of no-nonsense chatting and big tunes that...occasionally lapse into commercial R&B....The Funkmaster has quite clearly earnt his title."0.1838234

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Vibe (p.78) - "The nexus of what Fat Joe embodies comes on 'That White,' bubbling with DJ Premier's chopped strings, that mandatory fourth-bar freak, and a scratched-in Young Jeezy exhortation."0.1718472

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t helps reposition Joseph Saddler at the heart of the hip hop revolution he co-authored....The Supernatural-helmed 'Tribute To The Breakdancer' will keep the most ardent old-schooler happy."Clash (magazine) (p.100) - "[A]n exquisitely produced and sublimely executed mainstream hip-hop record that will no doubt prove to be yet another successful chapter..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE BRIDGE works as a flowing, cohesive whole, which is a delight from start to finish, taking in old school homages such as 'Can I Take You Higher,' orchestral street workouts, DJ tracks...and modern pop-hop..."0.1718472

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Kerrang (Magazine) (p.98) - "[T]he initial collision of Sublime's charismatic style and their influences resulted in their unsurpassed debut album."0.1718472

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Rolling Stone (9/14/00, pp.172-4) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A nonstop barrage of battle rhymes....the beats are as aggressive as [his] lyrics....A cut above his debut..."Rolling Stone (9/14/00, pp.172-4) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A nonstop barrage of battle rhymes....the beats are as aggressive as [his] lyrics....A cut above his debut..."Spin (8/00, pp.147-8) - 8 out of 10 - "...He sticks to his strengths and spits nonstop battle rhymes....[He] upholds the New York mic-slaying tradition of KRS-One, L.L., and the mighty Rakim..."Spin (8/00, pp.147-8) - 8 out of 10 - "...He sticks to his strengths and spits nonstop battle rhymes....[He] upholds the New York mic-slaying tradition of KRS-One, L.L., and the mighty Rakim..."Q (9/00, p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Beats and samples ranging from soul to classical romanticism. Long vowelled and nasal...and with a tasty line in mortuary slab terminology, he's never knowingly caught short of a rhyme."Q (9/00, p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Beats and samples ranging from soul to classical romanticism. Long vowelled and nasal...and with a tasty line in mortuary slab terminology, he's never knowingly caught short of a rhyme."Uncut (10/00, p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A precisely honed blend of melodramatic orchestral beats with mercilessly savage battle rhymes..."Uncut (10/00, p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A precisely honed blend of melodramatic orchestral beats with mercilessly savage battle rhymes..."CMJ (8/00, p.55) - "...[He] plays to his strengths, delivering an album filled with crisp, Premier-esque beats and snarling, pugnacious rhymes..."CMJ (8/00, p.55) - "...[He] plays to his strengths, delivering an album filled with crisp, Premier-esque beats and snarling, pugnacious rhymes..."Vibe (8/00, p.172) - "...Shows vast improvement [beyond his debut]....[He] has chosen beats more befitting of his style: operatic street opuses with melancholic bass. Lyrically, however, it's the same ol' song..."Vibe (8/00, p.172) - "...Shows vast improvement [beyond his debut]....[He] has chosen beats more befitting of his style: operatic street opuses with melancholic bass. Lyrically, however, it's the same ol' song..."The Source (6/00, pp.212-13) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...13 tracks brimming with enough verbal venom to last most rappers a lifetime, 2000 B.C. proves Canibus is still one of hip-hop's supreme wordsmiths. His visciously articulate lyrics are delivered with guttural clarity..."The Source (6/00, pp.212-13) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...13 tracks brimming with enough verbal venom to last most rappers a lifetime, 2000 B.C. proves Canibus is still one of hip-hop's supreme wordsmiths. His visciously articulate lyrics are delivered with guttural clarity..."Rap Pages (7/00, p.49) - "...It's obvious that he has talent, that he has a strong command over the English language and that he's as intense as they come..."Rap Pages (7/00, p.49) - "...It's obvious that he has talent, that he has a strong command over the English language and that he's as intense as they come..."NME (Magazine) (7/29/00, p.28) - 6 out of 10 - "...One of the best freestyling lyricists of his generation..."NME (Magazine) (7/29/00, p.28) - 6 out of 10 - "...One of the best freestyling lyricists of his generation..."0.1691039

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Vibe (4/98, p.142) - "...This soundtrack has something for every hip hop head....well-crafted..."Rap Pages (5/98, p.117) - 4 (out of 5) - "...With CAUGHT UP, you're able to visualize the scenes....The fast-forward/skip button on your player won't be summoned much while you ride this Hip-Hop narrative..."0.1503663

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Pitchfork (Website) - "[I]t's exceptionally well-crafted....What makes this record work is Alchemist's balanced blend of creativity, craft, and atmosphere..."XXL (Magazine Publisher) (p.92) - "Juve steals the show with a fast-paced flow, while Juicy J chooses his usual stop-and-go rhyme pattern on the standout track."0.1503663

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Vibe (4/98, p.142) - "...This soundtrack has something for every hip hop head....well-crafted..."Rap Pages (5/98, p.117) - 4 (out of 5) - "...With CAUGHT UP, you're able to visualize the scenes....The fast-forward/skip button on your player won't be summoned much while you ride this Hip-Hop narrative..."0.1503663

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Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2000.Rolling Stone (4/13/00, pp.127-8) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...The dance jams...bump like acne....Common has a need to kick something that means something....A hip-hop MC willing to actually examine himself through his art? There's nothing Common about about that."Spin (5/00, p.155) - 8 out of 10 - "...His most aggressive and powerful record yet....[His] genius is that he's never more pop and playful than when he's worried, and vice versa....KRS-One's podium is open; maybe Common oughta step up."Entertainment Weekly (12/29/00, p.138) - Ranked #6 in EW's Top 10 Albums of 2000 - "...One helluva free-flowing album..."Q (5/00, pp.106-7) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Decidedly arthouse....This is wholemeal hip hop: chewy and a wee bit bland but nutritious all the same."Alternative Press (5/00, p.82) - 3 out of 5 - "...A good introduction to Common....complex and versatile....[he] serves up bite-size tastes of each of his various skills..."The Wire (3/00, p.64) - "...[His] fourth and best album..."CMJ (3/27/00, p.30) - "...his most eclectic joint to date....fusing his gritty rap edge with bohemian, jazzy soul..."The Source (5/00, pp.211-2) - 4 mics out of 5 - "...Reflects a more worldly Common....creating full-fledged jazz, funk and soul songs....this LP unfolds in 2 acts. Act I stretching the boundaries of traditional hip-hop....Act II finds [him] on an emotional roller coaster..."Rap Pages (6/00, p.46) - "...The most intelligent and organic album since OutKast's AQUEMINI....a masterful blend of soul/funk music and [his] lyrics of hope and mental and spiritual well-being."Mojo (Publisher) (6/00, p.105) - "...May be the most user-friendly contribution so far to the wave of 'conscious' rap....an intriguing balance [of]...paying tribute to inspirational figures like Fela Kuti and Black Panther heroine Assata, while letting the sheer pleasure of word-play bubble through..."NME (Magazine) (4/8/00, p.36) - 8 out of 10 - "...Equal parts philosopher and documentarian....Common deftly illustrates the big picture. Like all great storytellers."0.1299678

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