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Fresh Espresso: Bossalona
Buy! - (Out For Stardom)
The second album from the Seattle duo of Rik Rude and P Smoov (who’s also in Mad Rad) is another smooth and smartly crafted set of hip hop incorporating elements of electro, jazz, R&B and other styles. Both Michigan natives, the duo split the recording of the album between Seattle and P Smoov’s old hometown of Niles, Michigan, and both their current and former homes play a prominent role in the album’s songs of hard times, temptation and triumphs. It’s a fun yet substantial set with synth-driven tracks featuring a variety of funky beats and occasional horns and other instrumentation accompanying the duo’s colorful and sometimes poignant rhymes. 5/17/2012 - Don Yates