Kool Moe Dee

Funke Funke Wisdom

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Kool Moe Dee's popularity had faded cosiderably by 1991, when Jive/RCA released Funke Funke Wisdom. This is hardly his finest hour. Featuring socio-political commentators Chuck D (Public Enemy's leader) and KRS-One, the inspiring "Rise N' Shine" is a gem. But most of the album falls short of that song's excellence, and Dee often sounds like he's coasting on his talent. This isn't a terrible album by any means, but Dee is capable of much more. Though it's hard to miss just how much technique he has, it doesn't serve as well this time. And his boasting lyrics are sound very routine. Dee overdoes it with James Brown samples, which by 1991, had long since become a very tired cliché in hip-hop.

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