Will Hermes
October 29, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Funky Precedent

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A

This gathering of California hip-hoppers is an aesthetic manifesto — articulate, idealistic, eclectic, and accomplished. By playing innovative rap newbies (Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples) and major-label refugees (Divine Styler, Aceyalone) alongside Damon Aaron’s deep soul-folk and Ozomatli’s urban menudo, it broadens the definition of hip-hop. And by donating the proceeds to local music-education programs, the artists put money where their mouthings are. Precedential? One hopes. A

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