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...More on
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 [a]Rahzel[/a]'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 [a]Rahzel[/a] 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: [a]Rahzel[/a] needs to find one that's uniquely his.
To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday