Editors' pick

Move Massive '09

Hip-Hop/Rap
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Editorial Review

The hip-hop group Jurassic 5 has disbanded, but its individual members continue to rock steady. Akil's straightforward, Cali-tinged flow graces a nice collection of trunk-thumping beats these days. He comes from the original vanguard of post-gangsta-rap L.A. MCs with one foot in the old school and one squarely planted in the modern underground. He headlines the Move Massive concert, and its proceeds help injured veterans via the Wounded Warrior Project. Also on the set are stylistic chameleons Future, delivering rap, rock and funk, and ESL Music's reggae troops See-I.

-- Rhome Anderson (Dec. 2009)