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A FRESH COLLECTIVE SOUL ? 3 BY GREG KOT / TRIBUNE ROCK CRITIC.
[Chicagoland Final Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Musicians & conductors; Rhythm & blues music
Date: Mar 19, 2000
Start Page: 1
Section: Arts & Entertainment
Abstract (Document Summary)

Many of these artists have performed on one another's records, creating a community of likeminded musicians forging a style that doesn't have a name yet. Organic soul, natural R&B, boho-rap--it's music that owes a debt to the old-school sounds of Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and George Clinton without expressly mimicking any of them. It refreshes these traditions with cinematic production techniques gleaned from hip-hop and with attitude that is street- smart but above all highly individual, celebrating quirks instead of sanding them down for mass consumption. Instead of crooning about booty and blunts (sex, drugs, etc.), the subject matter on these albums is idiosyncratic and personal, ranging from the spiritual crises of [Lauryn] Hill, D'Angelo and Maxwell to the socio-political concerns of the Roots and Mos Def.

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