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Macka-B: Buppie Culture [Ariwa, 1990]
Rapid rhymes, crisp enunciation, common-sense politics, and pop-weird dub give this English toaster the most auspicious U.S. debut of 1990--a best-of from all his just-U.S. released albums could be a meliorist Fear of a Black Planet or a socially responsible Mama Said Knock You Out. High points here include "Coconut"'s African Methodist accent and a climactic third-world threefer. But the title tune isn't what it could have been. And though I bet the man could write a passable lyric called "We Love the Children," he didn't. B+