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All of the Above

J-Live

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Album Review

East Coast underground rap at its finest, All of the Above showcases why J-Live is so beloved by fans of literate, well-mannered hip-hop. The focus here is on lyrics, through and through, and J-Live indeed serves up a linguistic feast for astute listeners. The pretensions of All of the Above — from its Coltrane-esque cover art, to J-Live's disdain for commercial-minded rappers, to his thoughtful liner notes — might turn off some listeners, particularly those less discerning ones who don't share his high-mindedness. But that's why All of the Above is an underground release: it's an album for a select audience that prefers intellect and understated beats over bombast, boasting, booty, and bluntedness.

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Best J-live Album (AKA Best Album Ever)

This is the best J-live album in my opinion - every song is great... buy this album and listen to it straight through. Make sure you get to "a charmed life" and "all of the above" because they are sick and jazzy as hell. Also the second song is dirty because it has several groove changes which are awesome.

Biography

Born: February 22, 1976 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Brooklyn MC J-Live first garnered notice with the release of his 1995 single "Bragging Writes." Delivering his thoughtful lyrics with confidence and ease, J-Live's rapping was strong and his soul-inflected grooves immediately appealed to fans of underground hip-hop. A year later he followed up with another hit, "Hush the Crowd," and started to generate a palpable buzz. With tracks produced by luminaries such as Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock, the release of J-Live's full-length debut, The...
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