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Main Attrakionz: Bossalinis & Fooliyones

Young Ones Records

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With Main Attrakionz's debut LP, the culmination of several years of free tapes and one-off collaborations, Oakland's Squadda B and MondreM.A.N. continue to refine their highly distinctive brand of sonically inventive street rap. On early tracks like "Young as Fuck" and "Legion of Doom," they found an otherworldly quality in the warping effects of digital compression, slack rhythms, and low-grade mics. If the newer material sounds slightly polished, the effect is equally immersive: This is headphone music, atmospheric and unabashedly sentimental. "Green on Sight" and "La Piñata" revive the upbeat weed-rap of Bay Area godfathers like RBL Posse and the Sick Wid It stable, while standout "Love Is Life" is a zoned-out dirge - reality rap scaled down to a whisper. (4 out of 5 stars)

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