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Colossus: West Oaktown
Buy! - (Om)
Colossus is bassist/producer Charlie Tate from London (he relocated to Oakland, California in the fall of 2002). This double-disc release is his debut full-length, and it’s an excellent album of jazzy, funky, soulful hip-hop. He has several guest musicians playing live instruments on many of the tracks, giving this a more “organic” feel than most hip-hop albums. He also has some guest DJs and MCs, including Azeem and Roots Manuva (going under the alias Hylton Smythe). Disc Two contains remixes of Disc One, plus a bonus track. This is one of the best hip-hop releases I've heard in a while. 2/13/2006 - Don Yates