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Ohmega Watts makes the kind of progressive, next-level hip-hop usually associated with London or Paris. Actually, the Portland-based producer/MC hails from the same borough as Biggie Smalls, but his style is truly outernational. Old-school influences (think Mos Def’s “Universal Magnetic”) drench his otherwise futuristic, entirely revolutionary impulses in b-boy juice. “I ignite change with a stroke of my pen,” he rhymes, yet he also does it musically, with some of the phattest, most vibrantly soulful beats heard in quite a while. Whether flipping funky flavors with R&B legend Sugar Pie DeSanto or enlisting Brazilian vocalist Tita Lima for a tropical throw-down, Ohmega gives you plenty of reasons to turn him up even louder. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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