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  • Attitude: A Hip Hop Rapsody [Elektra, 1990] A-

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Attitude: A Hip Hop Rapsody [Elektra, 1990]
"You nigger-nappin', corny-snappin', booger-pickin', butt-be-kickin', no-tooth big-lip-breathin', night-funk-lovin', mother-starvin' marvin eatin' out o' garbage cans wearin' holey drawers and a bra strap tryin' to call yourself a man." And also: "Black's the race 50 per cent of my blood flow/The other flows white or what society won't show." This never gets catchier than "Giggahoe"'s freestyle dissing and soul-grown piano-and-horns hook. But the music is deep, subtle, and audacious throughout, claiming its turf with a radio-sample intro that includes FDR and Molly Goldberg as well as MLK and Muhammad Ali. You may think she's consorting with the enemy. You may think she's too middle-class, too judgmental. And you may think she's not earth mother enough to talk so sisterly. But she ain't playing--especially with you. A-