Taste the Secret This sunny underground rap trio from equally sunny Long Beach, Calif., thankfully has little use for the gangsta posturing of the mainstream or the pretense… 2003-06-17 Ugly Duckling
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Taste the Secret (2003)

Details Release Date: Jun 17, 2003; Lead Performance: Ugly Duckling

This sunny underground rap trio from equally sunny Long Beach, Calif., thankfully has little use for the gangsta posturing of the mainstream or the pretense of the art-rap scene: One of the biggest beefs on their sophomore album is with a fictitious fast-food chain where everything's made of meat. That goofiness is served up in a bouncy old-school style, a refreshing cross between Slick Rick's cheeky narratives and A Tribe Called Quest's soothing lyricism. It's an unlikely rap recipe for these sober days, but their Secret sauce makes it work.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints