Felt (Slug, Murs, & Ant)

Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet (Rhymesayers)

Two lyrical heroes of indie hip-hop team up to pay tribute to everyone's favorite Cosby castoff, Lisa Bonet. Actually, Slug and Murs' sweet memories of Denise Huxtable play only a minor role in the duo's stories about the opposite sex. Felt 2pops off with the picked guitar funk of "Employees of the Year," and the duo sounds as natural swapping stanzas as Joe and Darryl Mac. Slug's open-wound urgency provides a nice balance to Murs' effortless Cali-cool, and the combination might be best described by Slug himself: "Old school/Somewhere between Pro-Tools and a gold tooth."The rhymes and flavor come from a world of mid-'80s pre-crack-era rap, landing squarely between beat-digger grit and West Coast bounce as Ice-T, Licensed to Ill,Chaka Khan, and Roger Troutman all get a nod. Ant, Slug's DJ partner in underground hip-hop group Atmosphere, hits the mark as producer with the galactic funk of "Your Mans and Them," the sped-up sample joint "Dirty Girl," and the Bomb Squad-inspired banger "Gangster Ass Anthony." We love you, Lisa, but the raw funk of Felt 2 comes off more like Angel Heartthan The Cosby Show.

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