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5% by Lord Jamar
Released: Jun 2006
As you may have guessed by the title, the solo debut from former Brand Nubian member Lord Jamar is packed with the sort of Five Percent rhetoric that will probably land him on some terrorist watch list. There's a lot of talk about numerology, the four devils and the Nations of God and Earth, and oftentimes 5% feels like more of a religious tract than it does a hip-hop album. Like Jamar says, this is "jihad music." Still, the sitar-anchored "I.S.L.A.M." and the rawking "Revolution" are grimy and immediate. Fans of '90s hip-hop will eat this up, particularly Jamar's reunion with Grand Puba on "The Corner, the Streets."
Sam Chennault