SLUG AND MURS Felt 3: A Trib­ute to Rosie Perez (Rhymesay­ers

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En­ter­tain­ment) Un­der­ground hiphop artists Slug and Murs re­turn with their third al­bum, fol­low­ing 2005’ s A Trib­ute to Lisa Bonet and their 2002 de­but, A Trib­ute to Christina Ricci. For al­bum numero tres, Slug and Murs en­listed in­die hip-hop-heavy­weight Ae­sop Rock for pro­duc­tion du­ties. Rock, who did won­ders for De­fin­i­tive Jux artist Cage’s lat­est al­bum, De­part From Me, brings his heavy loop­ing beats and eclec­tic sam­pling tech­nique to the ta­ble. Felt 3 is a per­cus­sive mas­ter­piece, one that im­proves with the ad­di­tion of baaing sheep, di­a­logue from Edgar Al­lan Poe’s “The Gold-Bug,” and ’90s techno. Kick­ing off the 21-track release is “Pro­tag­o­nists,” the ex­pected (and ex­plo­sive) swag­ger-thick in­tro­duc­tion song wel­com­ing lis­ten­ers to the party. From there the al­bum con­tin­ues to blow wide open in nar­ra­tive, ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing from ghosts (“Ghost Dance Deluxe”) to pros­ti­tutes (“Per­ma­nent Standby”). There’s also a warn­ing to those who think they’re im­mune to the sharp blades of the group’s his­tor­i­cally cut­ting wit: “ I’m not per­fect, but I can still dis you.” Felt 3 is lyri­cally bril­liant. How­ever, the duo’s in­cred­i­ble rhyming skills are rarely on dis­play here. Even if it is lit­tle more than a show­case for Ae­sop Rock’s stel­lar pro­duc­tion tal­ent and DJ Big Wiz’s scratch­ing wiz­ardry, Felt 3 is still more fun than a bar­rel of Black Eyed Peas records. — Rob DeWalt

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