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Posted by: Dave on November 25, 2008 at 12:32 am

BlueSkyJeanGraeEvilJeaniusNote: This album is a collaboration between rising star, indie hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (they provide the music) and veteran underground MC Jean Grae (she provides the rhymes).
Production: The beats alternate between ominous/hypnotic/pensive, funky/soulful/spirited and laid back/airy/nostalgic. Old school sampling and scratching frequently find their way into the mix.
Vocals: Jean’s fiery, nimble flow and painstakingly autobiographical lyrics are as riveting as ever.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Shadows Forever”; “Even On Your Best Day”; “Ahead of the Game” featuring Blacastan; “Strikes”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Lights Out”; “Threats” featuring Chen Lo
Recommended: Jean is one of the most gifted orators and wordsmiths in hip hop history (undoubtedly an all-time great amongst the women, but she can certainly hold her own with the men, as well). But, at times, her music can get bogged down by the weight of her confessional sketches. The variety and excitement in Blue Sky Black Death’s grooves prevent that from happening here, though, and truly make for a one-of-a-kind, premier partnership. Both artists reach new heights on Jean Grae: The Evil Genius.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2008 Candidate)

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