Brand Nubian Fire in the Hole

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It's a shitty feeling when your favorite rappers come off an extended hiatus with a brand new album that truly sucks. Fortunately for Brand Nubian, their skills are still intact. Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X have reunited after six years for an album that is both conscious and jiggy, a throwback that manages to move forward at the same time. The at-times overly futuristic beats and excessively positive rhymes may not please everyone, but an appropriate balance between lyrical skills and scathing social commentary saves the album.