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Classic Album Review: Unsung Heroes | Unleashed

This global offering makes it clear hip-hop is hip-hop, no matter where it hails from.

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This album came out two decades ago. Here’s what I had to say about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Unsung Heroes don’t seem so much a band as a cultural exchange program.

The product of U.K. hip-hop DJ-production pair Insite and Shiver (no, I’ve never heard of them either), Unleashed finds this dynamic duo joining forces with an international assortment of rhymers, singers and scratchers, from Canadian rapper Frankenstein (who kicks back a mellow vibe on The Path is Narrow) and U.S. duo Siah and Yeshua da Poed to Scratch Perverts turntablists Tony Vegas and Prime Cuts, and, finally, England’s own Ty, a Roots Manuva-style rapper. Usually, rappers spend half their lives talking about where they’re from. This meeting of global superpowers seems to make it clear that hip-hop is hip-hop, no matter where it originates.