DJ FORMAT Music For The Mature B-Boy (Nonesuch/Warner) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
UK turntable fiend and mixtape maestro DJ Format -- bored with funk-free hiphop -- decides to bring back the big boom-bap. But he doesn't stop with obese beats. Not our man Format. He loads on some ill string stabs, flute toots, Hammond grind and then calls in ace rhyme rippers like Jurassic 5's Chali 2Na and Akil along with Toronto's own Abdominal and Fatski for the dopest party platter of the season. Killer breaks, super-stoopid samples and a slick mix to make it all go down smooth as a velour track suit. If I ever star in a cop show, I'm definitely using Format's Here Comes The Fuzz as my theme song.