Masta Killa

Made in Brooklyn

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On MADE IN BROOKLYN, hip-hop heads get a chance to see just how far Masta Killa has come as an MC. Since his first appearance on "Da Mystery of Chessboxin," Killa was noted for his stylistic similarities to the GZA. From the late '90s on, his flow has evolved into one of the most understated deliveries in hip-hop--a chillingly straightforward minimalist monotone. MADE IN BROOKLYN is a solid effort, thanks largely to participation from a slew of super-producers (including MF Doom, PF Cuttin', and Pete Rock) as well as appearances from the usual Shaolin mic-specialists. On the whole, it's a good omen for the Wu--who've been through their share of ups and downs--that even their most underrated MC can put together a thorough album as they gear up for another comeback.

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