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Album Review

Though they've become legendary figures in the West Coast hip-hop underground through their appearances at clubs like L.A.'s renowned Good Life, Temptations is only the third album that MCs Aceyalone, Mikah Nine, Self-Jupiter, and P.E.A.C.E. (who actually sits most of this one out) have released as Freestyle Fellowship. It certainly qualifies as long-awaited — it's Fellowship's first outing together since 1993's Inner City Griots — and it finds the group's mic skills as hot as ever. But the uncompromising attitude spelled out in the song "No Hooks No Chorus" ends up hurting the album, as too many tracks focus almost exclusively on the lyrical end of the hip-hop equation, backing the group's rhymes with raw, repetitive grooves. It's an approach that probably works well live, but it makes seemingly endless songs like the title cut tough to fight through at home. And while it's difficult to argue with any of the group's MCs — particularly the dexterous, fleet-tongued Aceyalone — when they make their case on "Best Rapper in the World," it's also hard to avoid imagining how many more converts Fellowship might have attracted with just a little more imagination musically.

Customer Reviews

Good

i like it

L.A.

this iz a tight album.. WESTCOAST alwayz does it da best... GGGG-Unot

this album is tight don't front!

the fellowship doesn't sacrafice content for catchiness. this is a dope album from some of the best mc's ever!

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Los Angeles-based alternative rappers Freestyle Fellowship (Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., and Self Jupiter) first began slapping together their crazy word salads in the early '90s, resulting in their first record, To Whom It May Concern, which was issued in a limited run (only 300 vinyl copies and 500 tapes) yet managed to produce the seeds of their loyal following. Rising out of the jazz and granola environment of Leimert Park, they remained on the edge of the rap scene that paid more attention...
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