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Various Artists Mix France Brasil-Expresses Urbanas

The United States only thinks it has the monopoly on hip-hop- witness the 16 head-nodding tracks from Brazilian and French artists here. The disc leans toward the musical and mellow, like the piano underlying Kid Royal S's "F** Capitaine A," and Instituto and Kamau's "Poesia de Concreto," which asks "voce vive ou so sobrevive?" (Do you live or just survive?) Brazilian Xis contributes the more beat-intensive "Girias do Norte." One drawback: With the exception of Congolese MC Pyroman, who guests on "En El Frente" with Veiga and Salazar, the disc mainly alternates tracks from French and Brazilian artists, instead of letting them collaborate.

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