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BLACK SHEEP, “Non-Fiction”; Mercury (*** 1/2)After...

BLACK SHEEP, “Non-Fiction”; Mercury (*** 1/2)

After making fans wait three years, Black Sheep’s subtle sophomore effort is bound to be the subject of intense scrutiny. Anyone expecting 1991’s “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” redux will be disappointed. Gone are the disco samples and loony tune skits. In their place: matured storytelling and a beats collective smoother than the flow of a black-lit lava lamp.

This time around, Dresa and Mista Lawnge share microphone and production duties equally, resulting in a collaborative effort as pure in spirit as A Tribe Called Quest at its best. Unlike many of its contemporaries, Black Sheep doesn’t lean on repetitive filler phrases. Each song unfolds like an opus of street life relayed in wordy, old-school style.

New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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