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Back in the early '90s, Black Sheep were on fire, inciting dance floors with signature hits "The Choice Is Yours" and "Flavor of the Month," touring the world, and winning countless fans with their potent combination of slick yet funny lyrics (mostly Dres) and relentlessly catchy, sample-saturated beats (mostly Mista Lawnge). Their debut LP A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing was a gigantic, era-defining hit but they soon faded into the background for the rest of the '90s. Since then, a few low-impact, very indie projects have emerged, and they reunited briefly, only to break up again, with Dres getting custody of the name Black Sheep. Though released nearly two decades after their breakout, From the Black Pool of Genius manages to successfully recreate that old energy (if not the hits), thanks to Dres' instantly recognizable and ever-likeable flow, well-matched with strong production from relative unknowns Beanone and P. Locke. Check out "Party Tonight" with Jean Grae, the mellow jazz of "For the Record," and Native Tongues reunion "Birds of a Feather" featuring Q-Tip, Trugoy the Dove, and Mike G.

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This is how it should be done!

Words will never be able to describe how important it is to push projects like this to the forefront of HIP-HOP music. Old school, New school, whatever...we need to stop hiding behind labels and embrace good music for what it is....Congrats DRES!!! You already know Duval County is riding with you.

Great kickoff to Summer!

Track after track this album delivers. Standouts are "Elevation", "Winner", "Come Back Home" and of course the Native Tongues Reunion, "Birds Of A Feather"!!! We want more...


I've been waiting 20 years for this comeback! This is what hip hop is supposed be about.


Formed: 1990 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Remembered for a couple of striking singles and their membership in the Native Tongues family of groups, Black Sheep also recorded one of rap music's most entertaining debuts, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Handling both production and delivery, Dres and Mista Lawnge appeared headed for a long, rewarding career, but unfortunately faded after the release of their long-delayed sophomore set. Both members, Andre Titus (Dres) and William McLean (Mista Lawnge), were natives of New York who grew up in North...
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