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1 January, 2001@12:00 am

For whatever reason, I’m really feeling Edan. Maybe I just have a soft spot in my heart for wacked-out white MCs from Boston. Or maybe it’s just because Edan is dope-a-delic in a way that hasn’t impressed me for a long time. Yeah, his retro-88 style – nicely exemplified on the Ultramagnetic tribute song “Ultra ’88″ (beautifully executed in a scary, fandom sort of way) – might seem derivative but he pulls it off so masterfully you never even think to notice. “Drop Some Smooth Lyrics” sounds like part two of his “Syllable Practice” – mondo-slick lyricism set over a simple, SP-1200 gritty track. Frankly, I could have done without the seemingly endless Big Daddy Kane loop that plays at the intro and the chorus (I mean, we get the point already) but it’s a small annoyance to put up with given how enjoyable it is to hear Edan get down with his own bad self. - O-Dub

Edan is definitely backpack rap’s next star child. If he didn’t sell you with “You Suck”, check both sides of his new 12″. He demonstrates ridiculous vocabulary gymnatstics on “Drop Some Smooth Lyrics”, while doing a flawless (and dare I say, almost flipping it even better than the man himself), impression of Kool Keith, circa 1988. It’s amazing that this kid is still unsigned. – Pizzo

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