Raw Fusion

Hoochiefied Funk

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Digital Underground's Money-B and DJ Fuze surprisingly returned with their second album as Raw Fusion in 1994. Released three years after their good if patchy debut, Hoochiefied Funk doesn't show that much growth has occurred with the duo. "Freaky Note" is an uncharacteristically lewd track by Money-B's standards; his rhymes fail to touch any buttons, and the production is an uninvolving garden-variety slinky beat that seems to last twice as long as it actually does. It's only three songs in, and yet, by the time it's over, it feels as if you're wading through the latter half of the album's second side. Nothing is as fun as the average Digital Underground song, and the duo unfortunately opted to shed most of the reggae splashes that helped color Live from the Styleetron. If anything, this album proves that Money-B's light, boyish rasp is best suited for a supporting role.

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