All City - Northern State
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  • Summary: Slapped with the label "the female Beastie Boys" after their 2003 debut, the New York all-girl rap outfit make their major-label debut with 'All City,' which includes collaborations with Har Mar Superstar, ?uestlove and DJ Muggs.
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  1. The music on this feisty, funny rap album isn't new--just irresistible.
  2. Perhaps All City’s most pleasing triumph, for fans of Northern State’s earlier stuff, is that the colloquial character of the Hesta and co.’s voices is in no way diluted by the more polished music accompanying it.
  3. On All City, Northern State does what visionary rap acts have done throughout the genre's history: It re-creates hip-hop in its own image, molding it into a potent vehicle for singular aspirations, anxieties, and dreams.
  4. Hip-hop for the modern fabulous woman.
  5. There are occasional lapses in the lyrics department.
  6. 58
    They're Old Schooled enough to ace history, but the science they drop is strictly C+. [Sep 2004, p.120]
  7. The ladies aren't ready to carry an album by themselves. [Oct 2004, p.146]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4