The scratching & use of samples on the album is deliciously low-tech and occasionally thrilling; the specificity of some of the political focus is unusual for gangster rap (as when Willie Dee elucidates, with great economy and clarity, the differences between the education available to a young white child in Houston and the leftovers spread thinly among the area’s poorer neighborhoods) and occasionally prompts the same sort of “right on” you’d usually reserve for the Last Poets or Gil Scott-Heron.

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