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Spirit in Stone ''Where is the love?'' Better to ask, ''Where is the lyricism?'' It's the responsibility of the thoughtful music critic to let folks know that so...Spirit in Stone ''Where is the love?'' Better to ask, ''Where is the lyricism?'' It's the responsibility of the thoughtful music critic to let folks know that so...2003-08-08
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Spirit in Stone

Producer (group): Quannum Projects; Status: In Season

”Where is the love?” Better to ask, ”Where is the lyricism?” It’s the responsibility of the thoughtful music critic to let folks know that so-called socially conscious rap doesn’t have to be as simple and syrupy as the Black Eyed Peas’ Timberlake-tainted new single. Everybody knows the mainstream thug stuff is exhausting, but the Peas seem more concerned with presenting a preachy-keen ”alt” image than emceeing worth a damn. Perhaps they should take notes from Portland, Ore.’s LIFESAVAS. On SPIRIT IN STONE, Vursatyl and Jumbo the Garbageman state their state-of-the-world concerns fluidly over raw, fractured soul. Like their spiritual brethren Jurassic 5 and Blackalicious, the Lifesavas can wax didactic, but at their best they spit more wit than wishful thinking: ”The streets? The streets can go to hell, I want freedom,” Vursatyl raps on ”Soldierfied.” ”The streets is watchin’ the idiot box and Cops reruns.” Preach on.

Originally posted August 8 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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