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Xrabit + DMG$ Hello World

Finally, a hip-hop album that owes as much to ’80s Saturday morning cartoons as it does U.K. grime and crunked-up Southern playalistics. From the get-go of opening track “Damaged Goods,” London-based producer Xrabit goes buck wild at the mixing console, laying down skittery Casio-esque pops and bleeps over an array of bassed-out percussion while Texan MCs Coool Dundee and Trak Bully get busy on the mics. “Ferris Bueller” and “Same Ole” are a pair of memorable ’83-era cuts that big up both Afrika Bambaataa and Art of Noise with enough breakbeats and synths to tear the roof off a house party. Word up.

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