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  • Ground Zero Generals [The Social Registry, 2011] A-

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Ground Zero Generals [The Social Registry, 2011]
I swear I didn't know they were backed by "Representing NYC, a volunteer network of artists interested in youth development in Bushwick, Brooklyn"; such was the cover art that I didn't even absorb their wonderful name at first. I just liked the beats, which as it turns out were overseen by members of Gang Gang Dance and Skeletons--electro with quirkier hooks and more sonic range. Several of these five MCs having lost family members in the WTC attack, they take for their motto "when the towers fell we rose." Consistently political without a hint of truther nutballism, they can rhyme and they can rap. "In the middle of the globe as the earth dies slow dies slow," they sound as disconsolate as they should. Claiming "Rookie of the Year" they cheer up, as they also should. A-