The Gap Band

Y2K: Funkin' Till 2000 Comz

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While Funkin' Til 2000 Comz is a solid record, it doesn't offer any groundbreaking material -- but that shouldn't bother Gap fans at all. The Wilson brothers are still going strong on this 1999 release, which includes guest stars Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Kurupt, and Casey Wilson on the title track -- a worthy attempt at coupling old-school funk with '90s rappers. The album feels slightly uneven -- some songs are quite reminiscent of the Gap Band's funk and soul of years past, while other cuts are set comfortably in the late-'90s R&B sound. Overall, the album works despite this compromise -- the band doesn't sound stuck in one era, and the music doesn't seem forced or trendy. Either way, the Gap Band has made a smooth segue into the millennium -- which is quite an accomplishment for a group that's been making music since 1967.

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