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In the six years that Thrust has been promising to release The Chosen Are Few, hiphop has gone from thug to conscious, underground and jiggy. Luckily for the veteran Toronto MC, virtually every one of those styles turns up on his debut album. Thrust uses his clout as one of the central figures in the T-dot scene to get heavy hitters like Kardinal Offishall, Solitair, Da Grassroots and Choclair to turn up, but even with the star power there’s something underwhelming about The Chosen Are Few. The beats are solid and Thrust’s angular rhyme style remains intact, but beyond a few cuts, the fire you’d expect to hear from someone releasing his album after an interminable wait isn’t there.

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