Lyrical Gangsta With his sweet, singsong tenor offsetting abrasive dancehall reggae backbeats, Ini Kamoze manages to straddle two worlds on Lyrical Gangsta . Carried along by jagged… Lyrical Gangsta With his sweet, singsong tenor offsetting abrasive dancehall reggae backbeats, Ini Kamoze manages to straddle two worlds on Lyrical Gangsta . Carried along by jagged… 1995-08-01 Ini Kamoze Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Lyrical Gangsta (1995)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 01, 1995; Lead Performance: Ini Kamoze; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

With his sweet, singsong tenor offsetting abrasive dancehall reggae backbeats, Ini Kamoze manages to straddle two worlds on Lyrical Gangsta. Carried along by jagged cadences, each song packs an album's worth of hooks and simple melodies. Maybe that's why his fans can be found from Milan's showrooms to Kingston's shanties. And why several record companies fought to sign him. B+

Originally posted Aug 11, 1995 Published in issue #287 Aug 11, 1995 Order article reprints
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