Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Hollywood Recordings

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Babygrande
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A-

A series of strong mixtape releases over the past few years have earned Sa-Ra Creative Partners a growing reputation as artists to watch. The Hollywood Recordings, the bicoastal trio’s self-produced debut LP, more than delivers on that promise, stirring hip-hop, funk, soul, and electronic influences into a psychedelic whirl of melodies and rhythms. Along the way, they collaborate comfortably with guest vocalists as varied as boho queen Erykah Badu and brusque gangsta-rap vet Kurupt — a fitting welcome party for Sa-Ra’s eclectic sound. A-

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