Deep Black

Listeners had to travel far beyond mainstream to find sublime black music in 2002

Common got ill with Prince, Erykah Badu, and the Neptunes.
Common got ill with Prince, Erykah Badu, and the Neptunes.
So which one's erotic and which one's neurotic? Floetry gets emotional.
So which one's erotic and which one's neurotic? Floetry gets emotional.

10. It's official: The best rappers are white and emotionally disturbed! Not since 1991, the year that gave us Vanilla Ice, Marky Mark, 3rd Bass, and Young Black Teenagers, has there been a year where more talented, milk-colored MCs came out to play. Eminem broadcast his latest litany of personal grievances with The Eminem Show, but two MCs easily managed to out-emote Slim Shady. Slug, of the Minneapolis duo Atmosphere, crowned himself the wigger prince with God Loves Ugly, asking for a pound and a hug when he wasn't asking for his groupies' soaking panties. And El-P rapper, producer and CEO of the much-hyped indie label Definitive Jux made sure everyone felt his wrath with the bruising Fantastic Damage.

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