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Fat Beats & Bra Straps: New MC's

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The third and final installment of Rhino's female hip-hop series Fat Beats & Bra Straps concentrates on New MCs -- that is, '90s rappers that haven't quite gotten widespread exposure and remain unheard even by many serious hip-hop fans. Of all the volumes in Fat Beats, this is the most uneven because it lacks the historical perspective that make the first two discs so interesting, and several acts are included simply because the compilers needed to fill out the disc. Still, New MCs is a wildly diverse, frequently interesting collection of promising female rappers, featuring cuts by the Conscious Daughters, Suga T., Bahamadia, Makeba Mooncy, Love N' Props, Natural Resource and the Herbaliser.

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