Jamal

Last Chance, No Breaks

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Having distanced himself from the unprofitable venture that was his membership in the teen rap group Illegal, Jamal put his career in the capable hands of rap veteran and super-producer Erick Sermon. As the youngest member of the Def Squad (Keith Murray, Redman), Jamal was able to explore and enrich his natural lyrical gift with the benefit of E-Double's uncanny ear for funky beats. Last Chance showcases the fiery young MC's tremendous gift of gab and surprisingly mature musical presence. The plethora of funkdafied beats laid down by Sermon, Redman, Rockwilder, and Easy Mo Bee is fertile ground for the young phenom's assertive vocal capacity. The slow undulating bass of "Fades 'Em All" complements the brash MC's attacking style while the raw and rowdy "Unfukwittable" is just pure hormonal rage. A funk-filled feast of an album that also features a track from the lord of the funk, George Clinton.

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