Among multiple MCs and producers, there's no letdown when the baton is passed, yet the show belongs to the core of Big Pooh and Phonte, who flow so hard, they don't have to act like they're hard. Punch lines rain down like actual punches, and on "Nobody Like Me," Phonte breaks it down: "Fuck the masquerade/Just let me have a say/I'll still be spittin' regardless of the accolades." This is engaging stuff, new-school rap with an old-school "doin' it for the love" flavor. If Chitlin Circuit isn't a classic, it doesn't miss by much.
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