The Rhythm

Slave to the Rhythm

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In the early 1990s, dance/rap acts like C&C Music Factory and Snap were selling a lot of albums. Such projects weren't aimed at hip-hop's hardcore any more than Spyro Gyra was going after jazz purists, but they fared well in club circles. Similarly, the Rhythm obviously had club audiences in mind when he recorded Slave to the Rhythm, a commercial CD that combines rap with dance music, urban contemporary and house. Tunes like "Slang Yo Thang," "You Just Wanna Touch Me" and "Feel the Groove" were aimed at people who were into C&C Music Factory and Snap, not rap purists who were listening to Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions at the time. The Rhythm isn't a bad rapper -- the problem with this CD is that none of his songs are memorable or interesting. While C&C and Snap had the first-class hooks and grooves to pull you in, the Rhythm's material is routine, mundane and far from distinctive. Listeners would do well to pass on this generic offering.

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