Biscuit's Back!

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Hip-hop's hardcore tends to take a dim view of rappers who cross over to other styles of music, whether they're adding pop, R&B, heavy metal, techno, industrial noise or house to the mix. But despite what hip-hop's purists say, crossover rap isn't necessarily without creativity--in many cases, it can be interesting and enjoyable. Although Biscuit isn't a hardcore rapper or a purist, Biscuit's Back! makes it clear that the obscure MC (an Oakland native who moved to Las Vegas) has solid rhyming skills. Infectious tunes like "Dat Lady" (which draws on the Isley Brothers' smash "That Lady"), "Proppa," "The Real Thing" and "My Music" are the work of a rapper who can definitely flow, but they aren't the work of a rapper who was recording strictly for hip-hop's hardcore. Biscuit's danceable songs are often club-oriented rather than street-oriented, and the tools in his arsenal range from house and soul to new jack swing. This decent CD has long been out of print, but it's worth acquiring if you come across a copy.

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