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Killer Mike: Underground Atlanta

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The title of Killer Mike's new compilation album featuring local MCs is a little misleading. After all, many of the artists who appear on Underground Atlanta — like recent XXL cover boys OJ da Juiceman, Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo and Soulja Boy — are household rap names who have received plenty of national exposure. Still, the two-disc set is charming and solid all the way through, and features highlights from such lesser-known talents as Rich Kidz ("Bowling") and Prynce Cyhi ("Don't Go Outside"), as well as winners from veterans including Pastor Troy and Trillville, whose "I Be Off Dat" recalls the group's crunk-era glory. Killer Mike pops up periodically, usually to great effect, on such tracks as "N*ggaz Down South (Remix)," which also features T.I. and honorary Atlantan Bun B. A project like this is long overdue, and Mike's ability to unite this diverse group of folks demonstrates his wide-ranging influence around these parts. (SMC Recordings) 4 stars out of 5

Killer Mike CD signing, Friday Sept. 4, 2009. 6 p.m. DBS Sounds, 6610 Highway 85, Riverdale. 770-997-5776. www.dbssounds.com

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