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In Brief

Brand Nubian, “Everything Is Everything,” Elektra (**1/2 ). In 1992’s “In God We Trust,” one of the most extraordinary rap albums ever, Brand Nubian burned Islamic beliefs into your consciousness with a clarity of ideology only the truly impassioned can muster. This isn’t the aggressive call to revolutionary arms that would seem the logical follow-up. The N.Y.-based trio hasn’t exactly mellowed, but the fervor has been tempered enough to make “Everything” less menacing.

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