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Aceyalone : Accepted Eclectic
West Coast psychedelic rapper unleashes abstract expressionist full-length...
The title track, for instance, combines classical music horns that sound like it came from a Last Of The Summer Wine church fete with what sounds like music from a Disney cartoon, a sprinting beat, a bit of a recorder and some bongo drums all providing a beautifully congested sound. Aceyalone's voice does not get lost however, as he rides the rhythm with equal pace, a flexible flow and some innovating lyrics.
Indeed, he flashes numerous styles throughout, like on 'Golden Mic' when he rhymes off beat while on a couple of other tracks he uses repetitious poetry as a form of communication. He also, following in the footsteps of the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jay-Z and Lil Kim adapts an old hip-hop song. In Aceyalone's case, he brilliantly interprets Ed O.G.'s 'I Gotta Have It Too'.
Unfortunately, these moments are all too rare to make this a great album. Indeed, the majority of 'Accepted Eclectic' is made up of tracks that feature a beat, a piano riff and little else. Too many of the tracks sound the same. Still, there's enough on here to suggest that Aceyalone is a real creative hip-hop force to be reckoned with.
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