Attack of the Attacking Things

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September 20, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

A fiercely indie MC with fire-hydrant flow who doesn’t hide behind abstract ”science” or old-school genuflection, Jean Grae is so sure in her art that she’ll happily mix hardcore social commentary with fart jokes and dis ”fake thuggin”’ rappers over a Grateful Dead sample. This long-brewing debut omits her infamous grrrl-style Columbine narrative, ”Taco Day” (see Mr. Len’s 2001 Pity the Fool), but has plenty of vivid, even biting moments (”I don’t care how many bottles of Cristal you pop/It won’t unexpose you as a known pedophile,” from ”Block Party”) and ”LoveSong,” a rap story about a tough-loving woman whom Grae eventually confesses is herself. As she reasons, ”Maybe it’s easier to talk about this s — – in third person.” HIP-HOP REQUIEM ”Fadeout,” a heart-wringing eulogy in the spirit of Ice Cube’s ”Dead Homiez”: ”I don’t understand how God picks who he’s gonna snatch out/Before you hit the ground, I hope you passed out/I wish I could run up into heaven with gats, find you, and blast us out.”

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