Make The Music 2000

[a]Rahzel[/a] is a man truly in love with the sound of his own voice. But for once, that's no bad thing...

Make The Music 2000

6 / 10 Rahzel is a man truly in love with the sound of his own voice. But for once, that's no bad thing, since this human beatbox maestro has a larynx that'll outdo any skilled turntablist. More than just a mic trickster, Rahzel imitates beats and FX so well it's hard to tell which is man or machine. On 'Wu-Tang Live', he does 'Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit', kung-fu noises and all, while on his reinterpretation of Aaliyah's 'If Your Girl Only Knew' he plays the beat and the chorus at the same time.

While that track has to be heard to be believed, it would count for nothing if the rest of the album failed to scale the heights of Rahzel's work with The Roots. As if to cover his ass somewhat, he's enlisted the help of a troupe of rap celeb mates, including Slick Rick, Q-Tip and Pete Rock. It makes for a frustratingly inconsistent album, as Rahzel swaps the organic Jurassic 5-style funk of 'All I Know' for the sickly R&B of 'Suga Sista', and never really makes either his own.

His vocal gimmicks never intrude, and even when he's doing funny voices ('Night Riders') there's a certain old-school charm to his contributions. In fact, there are a lot of funny voices on this record, and maybe that's the problem: Rahzel needs to find one that's uniquely his.

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