J-LIVE All Of The Above (Triple Threat) Rating: NNNN
Brooklyn MC J-Live isn't wasting time. With his long-delayed, much-bootlegged The Best Part debut only just released officially, he shows that his four years in limbo weren't wasted. All Of The Above is harder, funnier and more assured than J-Live's now-classic debut, with the MC ruminating on his struggles but also ditching the schoolboy image and living up to the hype of his buried debut. Beats by DJ Spinna and Jazzy Jeff are a nice touch, but this is an MC's showcase, built around complex lyrics and delicate twists of the tongue. Our man just sounds happy to be back behind the mike again.