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Swollen Members Monster in the Closet

Rocksteady affiliates Swollen Members side-stepped the spotlight by moving to Canada and deciding to go with their own label. Yet, they still ended up the hottest MCs in the land of white tanks. Now the members are set to trample the US with this collection of singles, rare tracks and B-sides. Retrospective albums are usually wildly uneven, but these songs just move. A few of the R&B numbers on here aren't my cup of tea, but the collaborations with DJ Vadim and Nelly Furtado are refreshing breaks in the harsh world of the Members' paramilitary dreams. "Northern Lights," shows the crew getting a little emotional, while the rest of the album has these cats cutting their teeth on live ammunition.

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