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410 Pharaohs 410 Funk

Most Baltimore club tracks are built around the drum break from Lyn Collins’ “Think,” yet the loop goes hand-in-hand with “It Takes Two,” the Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock classic released years before the genre’s advent. 410 Funk, said to be the first lyric-driven Bmore club album, evokes the spirit of those great late-‘80s dance-rap records that preceded the advent of Charm City’s party soundtrack by applying a healthy dose of lyricism courtesy of the chronically underrated Labtekwon. Backed by beats from Dew Doo Kidz’s DJ Booman and aided by Dew Doo hypeman Jimmy Jones, Lab punctuates tracks like “Hammer Dance” and “Big Girl” with an effortless flow that club carpetbaggers like Spank Rock could only wish for.

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