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Philadelphonic

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Philadelphonic

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
G. Love
Producers:
550 Music, Okeh
genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B

A magician of sorts, G. Love takes a crazy variety of styles — hip-hop, rural blues, ’70s funk, ’60s folk — and stirs them into a gumbo that somehow tastes perfect. Philadelphonic is sleeker and more streamlined than its three predecessors (with an evident eye to mainstream consumption), but Love probably remains too genially shaggy, too rough-edged for megastardom. Too bad this won’t significantly enlarge his rabid but smallish following. B