Jesse Ballinger

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  • 17 years ago

    Various Artists Fat Beats & Bra Straps: Women of Hip-Hop: Classics Fat Beats & Bra Straps: Women of Hip-Hop: Battle Rhymes & Posse Cuts (Rhino) After the Real Roxanne's three rapid-fire introductions to 1986's twelve-inch single "Bang Zoom (Let's ...

  • 19 years ago

    The Monks Black Monk Time (Infinite Zero/American) Everything that's great about the Monks is right there on "Monk Chant," the lead cut from the group's 1966 underground classic Black Monk Time, reissued on American's Infinite Zero imprint after 3...

  • 19 years ago

    The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death (Bad Boy) Though the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut offered a portrait of rich potential snuffed by despair, Life After Death fights such despair hard, from beginning to end. This epic of an album begins with a horr...

  • 19 years ago

    Original Soundtrack Love Jones: The Music (Sony Music Entertainment) The re-emergence in the Nineties of films featuring African Americans has reinforced the idea of the black-film soundtrack as an American institution. Outstanding collections suc...

  • 19 years ago

    Sun Ra The Singles (Evidence) Even in death space-traveling jazz man Sun Ra makes listeners choose sides. His admirers, whose numbers include Phish, Michael Ray's Cosmic Krewe, and George Clinton's P-Funk mob, remember him as a madcap entertainer ...

  • 19 years ago

    El Vez G.I. Ay, Ay! Blues (Big Pop) The world's most popular Hispanic Elvis impersonator uses his latest album G.I. Ay, Ay! Blues to attack current anti-immigrant fervor, adding his usual mingling of music cultures and a broad spectrum of rock his...


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