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SWOLLEN MEMBERS Monsters In The Closet (Battleaxe) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Having a number-one video on MuchMusic doesn’t automatically result in mansions, fast cars and nubile beauties Canadian rap stars still have to work for their bread. Van City rappers Swollen Members go to the vault for this 20-track compilation of remixes, B-sides and rarities. MCs Madchild and Prevail lay it down tag-team-style over tight production from Rob the Viking, with occasional harmonizing from sometime-Member Moka Only. The result is competent if unspectacular. The only surprise is that the tracks featuring Nelly Furtado and Sarah McLachlan prove some of the better joints on the disc.