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Raw and Refined After an eight-year absence, Isaac Hayes — who never really went away, thanks to hip-hop samplings — attempts to ride the current wave of...Raw and RefinedHip-Hop/Rap After an eight-year absence, Isaac Hayes — who never really went away, thanks to hip-hop samplings — attempts to ride the current wave of...1995-06-02
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Raw and Refined

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Isaac Hayes

After an eight-year absence, Isaac Hayes — who never really went away, thanks to hip-hop samplings — attempts to ride the current wave of interest in classic soul. On Branded, he doesn’t update his sound as much as reassert it. Oozing with sex and strings, his cover of Sting’s ”Fragile” fits in with his own ”Soulsville” from 1971’s Shaft. Raw & Refined, an album of funky instrumentals, is not as intriguing without his deep, honeyed vocals. C+

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