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Rebirth of Slick

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Remember those beat-poet puppets on Pee-wee’s Playhouse? Imagine a hip-hop version of that trio trapped in the Gap ad where the turtlenecked poet recites verse to an anonymous crowd of cool people. The setting is cribbed, but the combination of dreadlocked Digable Planets and slicked-back Asian jazz musicians in the video for Rebirth of Slick is so hot it may set off your smoke alarm. B+