Thursday, August 31, 2006


DIVERSE - ONE A.M.(2003)
Label : Chocolate Industries

Tracklist :
01. Certified
Producer - Rjd2
02. Uprock
Producer - Rjd2
03. Big Game Feat. Vast Aire
Producer - Rjd2
04. Ain't Right
Producer - Madlib
05. Jus Biz
Producer - Prefuse 73
06. Blindman
Producer - K. Kruz
07. Explosive Feat. Lyrics Born
Producer - Rjd2
08. Under The Hammer Feat. Jean Grae
Producer - Rjd2
09. 747 (Flyin)
Producer - Overflo
10. Interlude (Amberglis)
Producer - Prefuse 73
11. Leaving
Producer - Prefuse 73
12. In Accordance
Producer - Jeff Parker , Ted Sirota
13. Japan Bonus Track
14. Whylin' Out Feat. Mos Def

49 : 35 min

Diverse is a rapper you think you've heard before--not because this Chicago MC sounds similar to others, but because his presence is so powerful it seems impossible that this is only his first album. Intelligent without being arrogant, conscious without being corny, Diverse also boasts two of the greatest assets any MC could ask for: an authoritative baritone and a confident flow. These help him keep up with some of the more seasoned rappers who appear on the album, including Vast Aire (formerly of Cannibal Ox), Lyrics Born, and Jean Grae. Complementing Diverse's superior lyricism is top-notch production courtesy of a holy trinity of underground favorites : Prefuse 73, Madlib and RJD2. hey push the album from raucously energetic to sinisterly moody to laid-back cool. At a mere 11 songs plus one skit, Diverse's debut accomplishes an unlikely feat in these days of overblown hype and rampaging ego: he leaves you wanting more.

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