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High-end R&B singers and rappers galore--D'Angelo, Macy Gray, Sade, Kelis, Talib Kweli--interpret and expand songs by the late Fela Kuti, backed by a great many rhythm sections. Fela was an in-your-face lyricist, and it's good to hear what Dead Prez do with "Shuffering and Shmiling" and MeShell Ndegéocello with "Gentleman." But the revelation here is the way the whole thing moves--back and forth, in and out, always onward.

Rolling Stone, Nov. 28, 2002