April 24, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

HII

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
DJ Honda
Producers
Relativity
We gave it a B+

This international beat nut is the first — okay, the only — Japanese national to make the rap charts. That’s not surprising when you’ve got help from hip-hop’s finest underground new jacks (Mos Def, X-ecutioners) and its respected elders (like KRS-One, who delivers a nitro mic assault on ”Team Players”). When their rhyme skills combust with Honda’s creamy-smooth, jazzy grooves on HII, it makes for a musical language that transcends cultural and geographical borders. B+

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