JEAN GRAE The Bootleg Of The Bootleg EP (Babygrande/Koch) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
A decade in the game and fem-cee Jean Grae is still more underground than the hole Saddam Hussein was hiding in. And funkier than his beard when they caught him! Grae makes mad references to the fact that she's ass-broke, but rocks the soul beats that rappers with 90 times her budget would kill for. Like Canibus in his prime, her lyrics are sharp enough to cut concrete, spat in a strict tone that says, "I'm smarter and more sober than you will ever be." Forget gender - Grae is one of the illest rappers out, period.