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Like most classic rap, Ladd steeps his monologues in Afro-culture and American politics, and, of course, Afro-American cultural politics. But instead of representing black with shout-outs to Malcolm X or his 'hood, Ladd's poetry is Afrocentric without resorting to propaganda or cliche--by simply being self-aware. While his performances are endowed with a Last Poets-style social commentary that keeps them frighteningly grounded in reality, there's a clear postapocalyptic vibe to pieces like the wacky title track, "Blade Runner" or "I'm Building a Bodacious Bodega for the Race War," which all borrow from the George Clinton/Sun Ra school of Afro-sci-fi psychedelia.

--Roni Sarig

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