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  • One for All [Elektra, 1990] A-
  • In God We Trust [Elektra, 1993] Dud
  • Everything Is Everything [Elektra, 1994] Neither
  • Foundation [Arista, 1998] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

One for All [Elektra, 1990]
Constricted by rage, sanctimony, and defensive rationalization from Movement Ex to King Sun, most black-supremacist rap sags under the burden of its belief system just like any other ideological music. This Five Percenter daisy-age is warm, good-humored, intricately interactive--popping rhymes every sixth or eighth syllable, softening the male chauvinism and devil-made-me-do-it with soulful grooves and jokes fit for a couch potato. They sound so kind and confident and fun-filled you almost believe that someday they'll throw away their crutches. But just because they were feeling irie when they made their record, don't bet they'll have the good sense or fortune to grab the chance. A-

In God We Trust [Elektra, 1993] Dud

Everything Is Everything [Elektra, 1994] Neither

Foundation [Arista, 1998]
Funk lite to improve the race ("Probable Cause," "Let's Dance"). ***