Arion Berger
October 16, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sidewalk University

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Shinehead
genre
Reggae/Ska

We gave it an A

There seems to be nothing Shinehead can’t do, and do well. The Jamaica-raised New Yorker peppers his wise, informative rap with heavily accented reggae motor-mouthing, but he also has a lovely singing voice. And he’s not afraid to toughen up his covers of Paul McCartney’s ”Let ‘Em In” and Stevie Wonder’s sappy ”I Just Called to Say I Love You” by adding hard urban rhythm tracks. Sidewalk University combines all of his best impulses, including joyous black pride and sensible street talk. A

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