Dominant Mammals

Super Future Stars

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With Vancouver's Moka Only joining forces with Oakland's Kirby D (aka Kirby Dominant) to form Dominant Mammals, two of the West Coast's most underrated rap acts effectively illustrate the efficiency of D.I.Y. hip-hop. As its liner notes indicate, Super Future Stars was conceived and recorded in Kirby D's bedroom over the course of four days in April 2000. The results of such rushed sessions are nothing short of amazing, with Moka Only and Kirby D proving again and again their aptitude for coherent concepts and execution. From the comical nature of "Fresh & Dope," to the live feel of "Superfuturestarz," to the slight menace of "Incredible Audio Aesthetics," fairly simple keyboard beats are skillfully transformed into complete sonic excursions. With their lyrical approach bordering on the interactive, Moka Only and Kirby D practically converse with their audience as they sing as well as rap. Guest appearances by Sole of Anticon and Pismo of Burnt Batch add even more fluctuation to an already diverse album that is as entertaining as it is user-friendly.