Felt

Felt 3: A tributeto Rosie Perez

| November 25, 2009

On their latest collaboration as Felt, MCs Slug and Murs swirl sarcasm, adroit storytelling and observational rhymes into a mix of blazing hip-hop. Aesop Rock provides straightforward beats for the affair, surprisingly good for a guy who's known best for his skills on the mic.

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And though they dub this album as a tribute to Rosie Perez, they don't seem to make any reference to the actress at all. Rather, the duo raps about real encounters with crazed fans ("We Have You Surrounded") and old friends jealous of their success ("The Prize"). And they pair those with several more fictionalized narratives of an alluring paranormal woman ("Ghost Dance Deluxe") and a man sorting out his jagged life as a criminal after fleeing from a botched crime ("Glory Burning"). The latter track really shows off their finesse for telling tales, as Slug takes on the role of bystander while Murs jumps in as the criminal hiding from police in the trunk of a car.

For all its clout, Felt 3 does have a few flops, especially the slightly obnoxious brag tracks. Otherwise, this is a solid release and shows these cats are just as good as a duo as they are solo.

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