Will Hermes
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

All of the Above

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
J-Live
Producers
Coup D'Etat
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A-

Slated as J’s ’00 major-label debut, The Best Part became a bootleg legend when its release was scotched amid corporate merging. This sequel is another progressive hip-hop tour de force, balancing KRS-One’s social conscience with De La Soul’s wise playfulness. Rhyming over voluptuous funk, dub, and jazz, J can critique post-9/11 civic psychology or conflate lecture and come-on without sounding like a pill — and you can even take it home to Mom.

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