Matt Diehl
April 20, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

HII

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
DJ Honda
Producers
Relativity

We gave it a B+

This international beat nut is the first–okay, the only–Japanese national to make the rap charts. That’s not surprising when you’ve got help from hip-hop’s finest underground new jacks (Mos Def, X-ecutioners) and its respected elders (like KRS-One, who delivers a nitro mic assault on “Team Players”). When their rhyme skills combust with Honda’s creamy-smooth, jazzy grooves, it makes for a musical language that transcends cultural and geographical borders.

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