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14 -The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 27, 1994


Continued from page 13
Warren G
Regulate ... G Funk Era
Rush Associated Labels
Already having made a name for
himself producing hit singles for art-
ists such as DFC, MC Breed and Nate

Dogg, Warren G has decided to finally
take the big plunge by releasing his first
"solo" album, "GFunk Era."In actual-
ity,this 12-songalbumfeaturesahodge-
podge of rap veterans and newcomers
fromtheDeathRow family. And, most
importantly, this CD, which starts off
with the hit single "Regulate"("Above
the Rim" soundtrack), jumps from
beginnning to end.

"G Funk Era" spotlights some of
the top hardcore artists in the field,
both old and new, from Nate Dogg to
the Twinz to Lady Levi and a host of
others. The Super Soul Sis has a solo
on this album aptly named after her.
This album also features the "Gangsta
Sermon" interlude. Let's just say
you've never heard Jesse Jackson
preach like this before.
Hardcore beats and slammin' lyr-
ics are trademarks of "G Funk Era."
The very spirit which drove Dre's
"Chronic" up the charts can be found
throughout this CD as well. In the
relatively short, yet rich, Death Row
family history, a host of powerful
rappers and DJs have emerged. "G
Funk Era" continues in the spirit of
that tradition. It's low on fluff and
packed full with the good stuff.
-Eugene Bowen
Various Artists
DGC Rarities Vol. 1
"My mama always told me 'life is
like a box of chocolates--you never
know what you're gonna get."'
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tous(Nirvana, Counting Crows, Beck)
to the obscure (Weezer, that dog). The
songs range from sweet and chewy to
hard and bitter, metaphorically.
Teenage Fanclub's "Mad Dog 20/
20," Weezer's "Jamie" and Hole's
"Beautiful Son" deserve to be heard
by a larger audience, but Cell's "Never
Too High" and Sloan's "Stove/
Smother" are tedious examples of why
most rarities should remain so.
Nirvana's track is an alternate ver-
sion of "Stay Away," Beck wheezes
out the aptly named "Bogusflow,"
and Counting Crows remain legends
in their own minds on "einstein on the
beach (for an eggman)."
"DGC Rarities Vol. 1" is a very
mixed box of chocolates indeed.
-Heather Phares
Various Artists
Kiss My Ass
That quintessentially '70s rock
group Kiss is the subject of this new
tribute album. You might not like
them, but plenty of bands you might
like have been inexorably influenced
by them. So this album popped into

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Dino's "Goin' Blind" is the most lis
tenable of these, while the rest tend ti
The rest of the artists range fro
Lenny Kravitz to Garth Brook.
Yoshiki, a Japanese classical ty
The best song, though, is Shandi's
Addiction's "Calling Doctor Love
Made up of members of Tool, Fai
No More and Rage Against the M
chine, they rock good.
But the completely independent
"Hard to Believe" is still a bette
tribute, in part because it has th
Melvins and Nirvana but especi
because it sounds better. W
- Ted Watts
MC 900 FT Jesus
One Step Ahead of the Spider
The new MC 900 FT Jesus is al
jazzy, and most of the songs are eithe
more serious or less obviously fu
as his past work.
The single "If I Only Had a Brain"
is the most obvious exception to the
lack of humor rule, as he even uses the
same voice as he did in "Truth..." as
well as the goofy mindset which "Tip-
toe Through the Inferno" also has.
The more serious material is fine,
too, but not as good in the end. It's
hard to understand why the MC mo "
ker remains, as this is nothing lik
rap album.
Ultimately, the CD's biggest flaw
is in the lengthiness of some of the
songs. They just go on and on in a
more mood music way than most
people are comfortable with. Oh, well,
it's still interesting.
-Ted Watts
July 29, 1994
Senior Staf offce
420 Maynard
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