Various Artists

Legal Dope

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Legal Dope contains 16 tracks from mid-'90s underground rappers like JT the Bigga Figga, Tre-8, Brotha Lynch Hung, Young Murder Squad, TRU, San Quinn, and Master P, the only rapper here to go on to genuine stardom. All these rappers may be underground, but they don't take much pride in standing apart from the crowd -- everything here sounds shockingly similar, with familiar drum loops, blunted basslines, and lyrics about guns, money, drugs and hoes. A few cuts make an impression on their own, but only aficionados will sort the wheat from the chaff.

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