Buck 65 Talkin' Honkey Blues

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Listening to Buck 65's alt-hip-hop can be an artfully heavy experience. The producer/DJ/rhymer is known for his off-beat narratives delivered in his trademark weary, rough-edged voice over semi-melancholy and advanced melodies. His latest (and second on Warner) has all the Buck elements, but is more melodic with more detailed stories. It's not as esoteric as past albums, which may lead some to cry "major label influence!," but he gets his new angle across without abandoning his old standards. It's a weighty listen, but one you can enjoy sinking your teeth into.