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MC Esoteric: Saving Seamus Ryan [Fly Casual, 2010]
Indie-rap concept album about, what else, the perils of indie-rap--only it's also about loving a dog who'll let you do anything, loving a woman who won't, the vagaries of conscience, imagining violence, and the perils of any musical profession. Guru picks him up in a cab, Gary Numan turns him down for a job at Guitar Center, and his hero Premier won't even finish the drop Esoteric buys because he can't afford a whole beat. But though his beats aren't Premo quality, they're more than enough to keep an album moving when the plot slows down. A-