Various Artists - NY State Of Rhyme Vol. 2  
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written by Philip Oliver    
Yet another Indie compilation hits us in 1999 and this time it’s a sequel to 1998’s highly acclaimed ‘NY state of Rhyme’ (Duh!). We’ve been to ‘Zoo York’ and been ‘Super rappin’ all year long so can this complete a trilogy of great Indie treats from the UK? The answer will obviously come in this review

What you’ll notice about this album is that you heard a few of the tracks before so it’s not totally exclusive. For example we got Neek with the large professor guesting and production of ‘Hardcore’, a track that was good about 7 months ago but sounds a little stale here. Mr Complex comes thru with his current indie release ‘Imakillit’, its good but I heard the jigmasta come thru with better. BlackStar also make an appearance with their non album track ‘Another world’ but wait this time its in Ambivalence remix form and in short its not that good.

So what’s new you’re asking? Well it depends on your exposure to hip hop, the opener from Tommy Tee ‘International Connects (Remix)’ with El Da Sensai & Mike Zoot may be unheard of to ya but its circulated on the underground for a little while. The track is a great start, but maybe that’s a bad thing cos you’d expect that quality all the way through, Tommy Tee is definitely a producer to watch out for. He blessed 2 tracks on the last NY state album and both stood out so apart from ‘International connects’ he comes with ‘Blood Rush’ featuring P Dap and that guy who just lives in the underground FT from Street Smartz, dope track. As well as doing the short intro FT also appears with Jane Doe and her other guests on ‘Bottom Line dollar sign’, which is surprisingly good. Surprisingly good? Yeah you know how bad Jane Doe has come in the past but its really down to her guests who make this track nice, the forgotten Royal Flush, Tragedy and Onyx affiliate all hold this Shaself produced track together.

Overall it’s a decent compilation but at 13 tracks deep, 12 without the intro it’s just a lil disappointing compared to its predecessor and all the other compilations we had this year. Don’t sleep though, if you missed out on the underground in 1999 this is the one for you and guaranteed you won’t own all of these tracks already so there something for every discerning hip hop fan.

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