By Evan Serpick
June 13, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

The latest solo disc from Aceyalone, a founding member of L.A.’s formative alt-rap crew Freestyle Fellowship, voices the kind of boastful violence that sent heads looking for alternatives in the first place. The beats–never a selling point for Acey’s albums–don’t have the verve to lift leaden lines like “Don’t get dumb in the house/ ‘Cause who wants a gun in their mouth.” Tracks with El-P and Anti-Pop Consortium’s Sayyid and Priest stand out, but Acey alone rates only about a C.

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