B-Real has undoubtedly made his mark upon hip-hop in his two decades with Cypress Hill. Whether it was his stoney wailings on "I Wanna Get High" or nasally chorus hooks on "Insane in the Brain," B-Real's vocals are both positively infectious and memorable. For his debut solo album, Smoke and Mirrors, B-Real continues with tradition in excellence. Smoke and Mirrors at Amazon More after the jump.
Smoke and Mirrors brings a sly backbeat with heavy clap tracks, B-Real's aggressively-spitted verses and Bo Roc's soulfully sung choruses. "Fire" amalgamates hip-hop and reggae with crafty vocal call and responses by B-Real and Damian Marley, which proves to be a stellar collaboration and one of the album's finest. This is another gem released by one of the more original artists hip-hop has seen.
by Zachary Ahern
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