Various Artists


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Like most rap from the post-Chronic era of music, this compilation focuses on the deep funk and bass grooves made popular by West Coast rappers such as Dr. Dre and Warren G. Promoting the underground hip-hop of the moment, Clickalation focuses on four groups: Crimetimers, Telee, G-Whiz, and Mark C. Crimetimers have a good sound that is weighed down by the weak hooks and murky production. Still, they have good verbal skills and obviously have had little time in the industry as of this album. Telee is the best rapper here -- his rhymes flow smoothly and naturally over the generic backing tracks. Again, the songs still sound amateurish and suffer from bad mixing. G-Whiz has the best overall sound on the album; his songs may be slightly generic, but his production and microphone skills are up to par with major-label rap releases. Mark C is the weakest of the four -- his songs feature some good production ideas, but suffer from his poor cadence and unmemorable voice. This collection features several rappers who need to break away from the G-funk sound that has obviously been done better by artists who are far more well-known. Otherwise, these tracks are mildly entertaining but easy to tire of.

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