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Various Artists Noches de Hip-Hop

With reggaeton and Latin music getting ubiquitous, the appearance of quickie compilations with churned-out tracks is inevitable. Happily, this is not one of those. Instead, Noches, including new and established Latin hip-hop artists, features polished and consistent tracks. Malverde‘s blazing "Oye Mami" and Cultura Londres‘ downtempo-leaning "Good Times" both stand out for mixing Spanish lyrics over tracks that expertly blend Latin and Anglo influences. On the slowed-down "Sigo," Crooked Stilo even uses the Colombian folk rhythm, cumbia-impressive, considering the bouncy cumbia doesn‘t exactly scream street. The album brings plenty of such rewards.

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