We gave it a B+
In the tradition of groundbreaking producer/MC duos like Gang Starr and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Las Vegas’ Somobe deliver purist hip-hop with a futuristic twist. Musician Bob J forgoes samples for long synth chords layered over pulsating melodies and backbreaking kick-snare patterns. Vocalist Jon D blends Common’s optimistic narratives with the confident twang of a young Jay-Z. The resulting debut, The Great Communication, is familiar yet refreshingly unique. Hopefully this secret won’t stay in Vegas.
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