Life Force Radio

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Life Force Radio Review

by Jason D. Taylor

Afu-Ra's sophomore effort, the aptly titled Life Force Radio, is an album that manages to cover every form of hip-hop in a collection of 17 impressive tracks. This Rastafarian doesn't bother to busy himself with the overdone ghetto glamour that crews such as No Limit and Cash Money dispense, and instead steers toward a more intelligent form of rap. "Stick Up" does have themes common to the gangsta style, yet Afu-Ra's flows are far from generic, which helps add weight to the cut and lets this song aspire to a whole different plane than the over-produced faceless clones plaguing the rap scene. Throughout the album, Afu-Ra's talent prevails as a dominating new force in a scene that foolishly overlooked his debut, and this hip-hop prodigy could be given the same respect as Nas, the Roots, and Jurassic 5. Undeniable skill and prowess invade every crevice on Life Force Radio, whether on the spunky love tune "Open" or the straight-up club smash "Hip Hop," and not once does Afu-Ra disappoint. The album also features heavyweight performances from such notable MCs as RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan, M.O.P., and Guru, as well as additional production by Easy Mo Bee and True Master. Over all of this, DJ Premier's spectacular production gives the album a life of its own. Enjoyable, moving, and remarkably clever, Life Force Radio should finally bring recognition to one of hip-hop's freshest and most entertaining new faces.

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