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, it makes for a musical language that transcends cultural and geographical borders.
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