More Stones Throw? Like you can get enough. The second Chrome Children compilation is another embarrassment of riches for fans of the label's throwback hip-hop and soul projects, with a strong emphasis once again placed on the showcasing of all of Stones Throw's many assets. That's why you'll hear the 1979 blue-eyed soul of Clifford Nyren's “Keep Running Away” rubbing up against the latest jam from Aloe Blacc & Four Tet. Or the noted Detroit broken beat craftsman Dabrye's latest along with Gary Wilson's early ’70s bizarro funk. As always, the star is Madlib: “Chrome Dreams” and “Selah's Children” are both short and unsettling bleep fantasias, but Percee P comes close to the living legend when he steps up to the mic and speed raps his way over a sample of Turkey's first lady of funk, Selda, on “Reverse Part 2.”
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By Nate Patrin on 08.26.14 in Reviews
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By Nate Patrin on 05.27.14 in Reviews
It's one of the biggest what-ifs in underground hip-hop: What if Charizma, the young, slick MC with the command and bravado of prime LL, hadn't been murdered a week before Christmas '93? Would his production partner, Pea...