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Aceyalone: Accepted Eclectic [Ground Control, 2001]
Popsymp enough to consider this an improvement over the far from awful The Book of Human Language (featuring "The Balance," "The Hurt," "The Vision," etc.), I'm also streetsymp enough to hear how smug some might find the sensible moralizing and carousel hooks of "Master Your High"--and people person enough to think "Five Feet," named for the distance he wants to keep between him and you, is priggish. Still, most of these 16 tracks are sensible, moral, and hooky. And many are fun as well. Ten years a cult hero and his passion for rhyme is unabated. It would be priggish to deny him. B+