Will Hermes
June 14, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Constant Elevation

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

We gave it a B-

VARIOUS ARTISTS Constant Elevation (Astralwerks) Two Off Broadway views of modern hip-hop. Rawkus’ third signature comp rocks one-offs by Skillz, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Talib Kweli, mix-tape style. But despite some fresh Latin and Jamaican flavors, it feels less fun and more bottom-line than usual; even the Roots wave gun metaphors. Elevation is an unmixed, mainly instrumental set of turntablist, laptop, grit-hop, and soul-jazz mutations from El-P, Recloose, beat-splicing vet Steinski, and others. Abstract, but tres expressive. Soundbombing: B- Elevation:

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