The Like of Whom Has Never Been

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The debut album by Portland, OR-based rapper Xile is militantly Christian hip-hop that posits both the rapper's faith and his career as some kind of war against an enemy that's never clearly defined, even on the most overtly militaristic tracks, like "PO Dubs." Musically, the album has the exquisitely arranged sound of a mainstream commercial hip-hop album in the Jay-Z mold, mixing snatches of orchestral samples, live percussion, and R&B diva hooks under Xile's strident vocals. The combination works more often than not, but as with every artist who mixes religion or politics into his music, Xile has willingly limited his audience to those who agree with him.

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