Kabir Fuel For the Fire

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Clean, clear and crisp are Kabir's rhymes, delivered with intensity and intelligence. The Boston MC kicks the valiant underground tell-it-like-it-is vibe that falls somewhere between Dilated Peoples and Mr. Lif. His style actually bears an almost uncanny resemblance to Oakland-bred MC Azeem, a mouthful of carefully placed and enunciated rhymes born from spoken word days. The music behind him likewise inspires a range of moods, from heavy stepping to straight-up breakbeat thump. Like most of the rappers in this vein, the intensity can be wearing at the same time it's admirable.