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ROUND 2 AT PARK BLVD RECORDS

My first visit to Park Blvd. Records was all over the genre map; Atlanta bass, Bay Area gospel, yogic chant.  On that first sojourn I made it a point put my hands and eyes on every record in the store to get the fullest picture of their offerings and purchased something from almost every bin.  This time I was with a friend who didn’t have hours to waste indulge “diggin’ in the crates” (as the kids don’t say anymore), so I confined myself to the rap bargain bin and came out maybe even better off than the first time.

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Gigolo Tony – Ice Cold (LP)

JT the Bigga Figga – The Mack Hand

Kurupt – Behind the Walls (feat. Nate Dogg)

Webbie – Savage Life (LP)

Mac Dre – It’s Rainin’ Game

2Pac – Who Do You Believe In?

Janet Jackson – All For You

The Click – Let’s Side (EP)

Jermaine Dupri – Money Ain’t A Thang (feat. Jay-Z)

T&A – Definitely Dope

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THE INGREDIENTS (PART 3)

This is probably the least surprising one, which isn’t saying much because this album is definitely drawing on some very unusual sources, but it’s really nice to hear.  Any excuse to get a little Janet Jackson in my ears is a welcome one.

Janet Jackson – Anytime, Anyplace

Kendrick Lamar – Poetic Justice (feat. Drake)

This one is especially interesting given the title of the Kendrick song, since it shares its title with the 1993 film Janet starred alongside 2Pac where she had the same difficulty (and solution to it) that the two rappers in this modern-day version seem to have: communicating directly with the people they care about vs. composing poetry about it.  For all the dodging of 2Pac comparisons Kendrick has been doing lately, this is a nice little wink for those who’ve been giving a shit about rap for a while.

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