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The Funky Precedent, Vol. 2

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Narrowing the focus of the first volume from L.A. and San Fran to just the Bay Area, The Funky Precedent, Vol. 2 is another crucial compilation of independent rappers, producers, DJ's, and even a band. It kicks off with a stellar track (and ultra-tight production) by the underground supergroup Skhool Yard, and goes forth balancing rap tracks with some excellent turntablist joints, including Live Human's "Lagoona's Bliss Elephant Mix" and DJ Vinroc's "3ThaHardWay." The Funky Precedent, Vol. 2 goes even farther than its predecessor to bring in all aspects of breakbeat hip-hop, and one of the most entertaining is a great live funk cut, "Fan Club" by Stymie and the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra. Though the contributors won't be as well-known as on the original Funky Precedent, volume two once again proves that the best hip-hop of the late '90s and early '00s was happening not on the charts but deep underground.

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