Brothers Like Outlaw ‎– The Oneness Of II Minds In Unison (1992) Flac + 320kbps

It’s partly the sleekness of their groove and partly the jazzy underpinnings and samples (Jeff Lorber Fusion, fuzak-era Freddie Hubbard) that gives even the hardest sections a certain, if not always welcome, suppleness. As a hybrid of hardcore, hip-hop and modern techno-soul, BLO works on some levels, but the subgenre jumping (can be) cold. They got the beat, though; the drums are for the most part live, and the warmth of an honest-to-God trap set gives BLO a big rhythmic thrust that sounds wonderfully natural, if a tad anachronistic. As a rapper, MC Bello B runs the gamut from positive-mental-attitude humanism to badass, B-boy babe-hound. But for all his skill, there is an inescapable feeling of business as usual here, as if Bello and DJ K-Gee simply appropriate a number of influences from other rap and hip-hop artists. They do it rather effortlessly, but there is an unnerving sense of deja vu that could be BLO’s undoing. /John Dougan @ allmusic/

1 Trapped Into Darkness (Enlightenment Mix) 5:11
2 The Real McKoy 5:25
3 Camouflage 4:50
4 Partytime 5:03
5 Good Vibrations 5:11
6 Deja Vu 4:24
7 System Booms 3:48
8 Wordz Of Danger 4:48
9 Full Essence 4:55
10 The Struggle Continues 5:20
11 Settle The Score 5:23
12 Kickin’ Jazz (K-Gee Mix) 4:11
13 Hidden Jewels Of Rap 4:39