Magnificent City Instrumentals

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A few months after underground rapper Aceyalone's MAGNIFICENT CITY was released in early 2006, the lauded sonic sculptor RJD2 issued his inventive instrumental tracks for the album as a separate disc. Although the spacious arrangements were clearly designed to give Aceyalon room to rhyme, these dynamic tracks still stand on their own merits, whether it's the vintage soul-funk of "Fire," the stuttering beats and synthesizer stabs of "Supahero," or the melancholy, string-laden atmospherics of "A Beautiful Mine." While MAGNIFICENT CITY INSTRUMENTALS may lack some of the eclecticism and energy present on RJD2's previous outing, SINCE WE LAST SPOKE, it works wonderfully as a minimalist view of MAGNIFICENT CITY, making it of primary interest to devoted Aceyalone and RJD2 fans.

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