Kirby D

Rapitalism: The Philosophies of Dominant Pimpin'

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For this being the first Kirby Dominant album, it sure feels pretty polished. The jazzy, slow-rolling beats with plenty of keys and xylophones make for an introspective and very conscious record. Add to that the well-thought-out lyrics listeners expect from all the underground Bay Area rappers, and you've got a great record. He talks a lot about the commercialism of hip-hop on this album, hence why it's entitled Rapitalism -- the hybrid of rap and capitalism that ran loose in 1998. Kirby reps the underground to the max, including great artists alongside for some lyrical help: Murs, Eligh of the Kemetic Suns, and 427, all also from the San Francisco Bay Area. A slow and methodical record that will keep you thinking.

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