La Real Academia Del Flow
by Cuarto Poder
Released: Jan 2004
Label: Digitalpressure/Latin World Productions S.A.
These guys may or may not be single-handedly changing the face of Venezuelan hip-hop (should we believe the hype?), but they indisputably have the kind of seamless tag-team flow that few stateside groups -- Jurassic 5 aside -- achieve. It's a bit like listening to a game of verbal Twister: the quintet entwine their voices over sly, sideways beats and salsa breakdowns, using humorous references to American rap and dense lyricism to keep the sound charged but not overwhelming. Good stuff; expect greatness to come.
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