The new leaders of the abstract school, Anti-Pop Consortium's name speaks for itself. This is not BET-friendly hiphop with radio edits, product placements and a ready-made Hype Williams video.
The New York foursome come from a spoken-word background and have less than subtle plans to steal hiphop back from the commercial brink. There are the predictable anti-pop rhymes, but for the most part the crew succeed with unusual talent alone, pairing relentless, four-way verbal flows with even less conventional beats. It won't rock any jeeps this summer, but it might turn some heads inside out, which is almost as good.