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click to enlarge Ol Dirty Bastard  -  - The Definitive Ol' Dirty Bastard - Story  - Elektra/Rhino  ODB is R.I.P., but that doesn't - mean his contributions as one of the founding members - of the Wu-Tang Clan are null and void. Serving as Wu's - barely more-serious Flavor Flav, Dirty launched a fairly - successful solo career that included RZA- and Neptunes- - influenced songs, many of which are heard here. Singles - are represented ("Shimmy Shimmy Ya," "Got Your - Money"), as well as his great cameo appearances ("Ghetto - Superstar"). The compliation trips up on experiments, - but otherwise is fairly tight. Nothing earth-shatteringly - new for fans, but still a good mix. The bonus DVD with - videos and interviews certainly sweetens the deal, while - also serving as a concrete reminder of Dirty's sad - demise. -- Kara Luger
  • Ol Dirty Bastard

    The Definitive Ol' Dirty Bastard Story
    Elektra/Rhino

    ODB is R.I.P., but that doesn't mean his contributions as one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan are null and void. Serving as Wu's barely more-serious Flavor Flav, Dirty launched a fairly successful solo career that included RZA- and Neptunes- influenced songs, many of which are heard here. Singles are represented ("Shimmy Shimmy Ya," "Got Your Money"), as well as his great cameo appearances ("Ghetto Superstar"). The compliation trips up on experiments, but otherwise is fairly tight. Nothing earth-shatteringly new for fans, but still a good mix. The bonus DVD with videos and interviews certainly sweetens the deal, while also serving as a concrete reminder of Dirty's sad demise. -- Kara Luger

click to enlarge Koushik  -  - Be With  - Stones Throw If you're a longtime Koushik fan, - Be With may leave you feeling a bit cheated. - Four of the tracks were released earlier this year on a - vinyl EP; the other 10 are from as far back as three years - ago. Where's the new material? Be With - climaxes at the very beginning, when a Saturday night - roller-rink slap bass drops. Unfortunately we're skating - downhill. Be With does not cohere -- hardly - surprising for a singles collection being marketed as an - album -- and the ideas just aren't far-out enough to - justify the incoherence. It's a trip, the way you'd like a - trip to be: pleasantly mind-altering, but nothing that - totally freaks you out, makes you go crazy or - permanently rearranges the way you experience the - world. -- Makkada B. Selah
  • Koushik

    Be With
    Stones Throw

    If you're a longtime Koushik fan, Be With may leave you feeling a bit cheated. Four of the tracks were released earlier this year on a vinyl EP; the other 10 are from as far back as three years ago. Where's the new material? Be With climaxes at the very beginning, when a Saturday night roller-rink slap bass drops. Unfortunately we're skating downhill. Be With does not cohere -- hardly surprising for a singles collection being marketed as an album -- and the ideas just aren't far-out enough to justify the incoherence. It's a trip, the way you'd like a trip to be: pleasantly mind-altering, but nothing that totally freaks you out, makes you go crazy or permanently rearranges the way you experience the world. -- Makkada B. Selah

click to enlarge Kool - Keith Lost Masters Volume 2 -  - Dmaft This is a clever album title, since people - think fondly of Kool Keith's early work, which at this - point seems to be defined by the period from his mid- - '80s freak-outs with the revered East Coast group - Ultramagnetic MCs to his mid-'90s run as the - misunderstood Dr. Octagon. It is also false advertising, - since the album is comprised of new material, which he's - entirely written and produced (save for one chorus and - one verse). Keith's often-perverted and always-incisive - sense of humor is intact, even when he doesn't push - hard for a laugh. As the years have passed, he's been - ever-more vocal of rap music industry bullshit, calling - 'em like he sees 'em. It's hard to get more entertaining - over time, but Kool Keith does it. -- Tamara - Palmer
  • Kool Keith Lost Masters Volume 2
    Dmaft

    This is a clever album title, since people think fondly of Kool Keith's early work, which at this point seems to be defined by the period from his mid- '80s freak-outs with the revered East Coast group Ultramagnetic MCs to his mid-'90s run as the misunderstood Dr. Octagon. It is also false advertising, since the album is comprised of new material, which he's entirely written and produced (save for one chorus and one verse). Keith's often-perverted and always-incisive sense of humor is intact, even when he doesn't push hard for a laugh. As the years have passed, he's been ever-more vocal of rap music industry bullshit, calling 'em like he sees 'em. It's hard to get more entertaining over time, but Kool Keith does it. -- Tamara Palmer

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