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TOMC3 & PRINCE PO

Eight out of ten Organized Konfusion fans would tell you that they always felt Pharoahe Monch more than Prince Poetry. The other two are liars, like people who claim that crust is their favorite part of pizza. All that said, Po has amassed a much more impressive solo catalog than Monch, and the TomC3-produced Saga of the Simian Samurai is another notch in his increasingly adventurous repertoire. Po has never been an MC whose lines you rewind; if he were a novelist, his books would be page-turners. You want to see where he’s going, and C3-who hooked up Kool Keith on last year’s Project Polaroid-provides inventive and accessible beats for Po to slice through with Dickensian descriptions. On Samurai, Po paints some of his most vivid pictures since The Slickness, his highly underrated, Danger Mouse-assisted 2002 LP. Epic cuts such as "Lessons in Drama" and "Apocalyptic Medicine" with Motion Man get the blood spattering, while grounded joints like "Now and Then" remind that while Po was one of the first to re-route hip-hop, he’s a throwback purist deep down. If there were no Prince Po or Organized Konfusion, there would be no TomC3. But at the same time, if not for C3′s "bionic funk," as Po calls it, there would be no Simian Samurai.

GENRE | HIP-HOP QUATRAINS

VERDICT | POETIC LICENSE

RELEASE | 10.26.07

LABEL | THRESHOLD

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