Excuse Me, This Is the Yah Mos Def

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If the fusion of hardcore punk and hip-hop pioneered by the Beastie Boys has largely been subsumed by the more corporate leanings of rap-metal, it only gives more credence to the existence of groups like the YMD. Coming across like a lo-fi version of LICENSE TO ILL-era Beasties, the young Philly-based ensemble take a no-holds-barred approach with their irreverent genre smashing album EXCUSE ME, THIS IS THE YAH MOS DEF. Unsanctimoniously smashing together kitschy pop culture references with homegrown hip-hop beats, the YMD fuse the brash, bratty invective of punk with the playful exuberance of hip-hop.

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