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Little Brother The Chitlin Circuit 1.5

"This rap shit is chess, not Connect 4..." LB has got that right, but this collection of remixes and B-sides is a bit of a stalemate at that. On one side of the board, you‘ve got tracks like "War," with a tense balance between Phonte and Big Pooh‘s rolling banter and 9th Wonder‘s rumbling beats and perfectly haunting samples. On the other side, you have the jerky lyrical bombast of "Flash and Flare," where Phonte and Pooh‘s braggadocio falls hollow. But sit tight until the final track, where the pair‘s raw chemistry and 9th Wonder‘s blend of bang and sweet soul will have you counting the days until their real sophomore album drops.

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