All Natural, Second Nature

Nate Patrin

By Nate Patrin

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Second Nature

All Natural

What N.W.A. did for East Coast gangstas, Common did for Midwestern "conscious" MCs, and nobody resurrected Resurrection's vibes quite like Common's fellow Chicagoans in All Natural. Their '98 debut No Additives, No Preservatives broke them on regional college radio with the stay-true backpacker buzz single "It's O.K.," but it's their sophomore record that stands as a breakthrough. Lead rapper Capital D's subject matter is familiar — "Chatham" is one of the underground's better hood-strife anthems, and "Queens Get the Money" is a likeable precursor to fellow Chicagoan Kanye West's "Gold Digger" — but he rhymes with enough panache (and enough classic-style beats) to keep things lively.