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D. Black: Ali'Yah
Buy! - (Sportn' Life/MYX)
While this Seattle rapper’s debut leaned heavy on street rap, he’s adopted a radically different style and outlook for his superior 2nd album. Mostly produced by Seattle beat wizards Vitamin D and Jake One, Ali’Yah features warm, soulful production, some banging beats and D. Black’s authoritative raps blending social consciousness with spiritual uplift. It all adds up to a powerful listen. 8/25/2009 - Don Yates