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This British trio uses reggae and jazz rhythms to complement their hip-hop sound. Minimal use of sampling creates a mellow live band feel. Some of the rhymes are sub-standard, but Listen is a great album in the Soul II Soul tradition of UK R&B.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s

Since their formation in Tottenham, London, England, in the late 80s, Urban Species were widely tipped as the next potential breakthrough in UK hip-hop. They originally comprised lead rapper Mint (b. Peter Akinrinola) and DJ Renegade (b. Winston Small), whose partnership principally involved messing about in their north London bedrooms, since when they have added the services of toaster Slim (b. Rodney Green). The trio started to produce small runs of white labels, distributing them under the names...
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