Like his stylistic forebears Diamond D, Pete Rock and J Dilla, Kev Brown is one of those artists that keeps you debating with yourself on whether he's a better producer or MC. On the beats, his work is simultaneously minimalist and layered, with staccato drum hits keeping time as fluid basslines weave in and out of the quarter notes. On the raps, Kev's sense of humor sneaks up on you after his no-nonsense tone, timing and clever phrasing hit you first. After his first album, Kev spent the bulk of his career building a discography of features and outside production for artists such as De La Soul, Eric Roberson and Bahamadia, but recently dropped Random Joints, a full length project of beats he's produced. Kev gets it in with his Low Budget crew at Liv to mark the occasion. -- Rhome Anderson (August 2009)
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