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Smif-N-Wessun The Album

  • Words: Max Herman
  • Label: Duck Down
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

For the creation of their fourth album, MCs Tek and Steele temporarily left Brooklyn behind and traveled up to Sweden. And the resulting product is the duo’s most surprising release since their ’95 debut–surprising mostly because these gun-clapping rappers have never gotten as personal as they do on tracks like the somber, youthful remembrance “Trouble.” But The Album at times awkwardly stands apart from previous efforts because of the mixed bag of beats (courtesy of Northern Europe’s Ken Ring, Tommy Tee, and others), which range from catchy and disco-esque to downright dreary. More than ever, Tek and Steele have something significant to say, but the inconsistent production doesn’t help craft their message.

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