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Eve – Gangsta Lovin’ (Ruff Ryders)
The lead single from Eve’s upcoming album “Eve-olution”, and its plain to see that she’s aiming to continue to rest in that comfortable little “radio-friendly” niche that she carved out with ‘Let Me Blow Your Mind’. A twinkly little beat, featuring various synths and harpsicord effects, is topped off by the addition of Alicia Keys on the Yarborough & Peoples-influenced hook, resulting in a jam that’s gonna clog the radio airwaves and clubs for the next few months
RATING: 7 / 10

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Verbals by Steve Limmer
N.O.R.E. – Nothin’ (Def Jam)
Quite simply, the hottest hip-hop joint on the streets. Neptunes and Noreaga combine their considerable talents and create something unique yet accessible. Neptunes stray from their traditional sound to develop an intense Arabian-piped, heavy snared affair which suits Nore’s thugged-out rhyme style perfectly with it’s moody atmosphere. Nasty!!
RATING: 9 / 10

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FatLip – Here Comes The Lip (Delicious Vinyl)
Whenever you mention Fatlip, the word Pharcyde is never far behind. Despite the fact that he jumped out the group to go for dolo several years ago, its still his work as a member of that crazy collective that always seems to crop up first when he’s mentioned. Lets get this straightened out though – Fatlip is an ill emcee in his own right, nonchalantly spitting witty punchlines and off the wall words at ease, on both the lazy paced title track, and the hard-edged, soft-chorused ‘Story Of Us’ B-side. In fact, ‘Here Comes The Lip’ sounds almost like a freestyle, with Lip coming off with crazy rhymes thoughout, as the beat crawls along in the background. A competent return to the spotlight for Mr Lip, and a nice indicator as to how good his forthcoming longplayer “The Loneliest Punk” will be.
RATING: 7 / 10