The Antipop Consortium always seemed a tad ahead of its time, so it was sad when they disbanded last summer, before the hip-hop world could catch up to them.

The Antipop Consortium always seemed a tad ahead of its time, so it was sad when they disbanded last summer, before the hip-hop world could catch up to them. The good news is that on his first solo, post-Consortium disc, Beans continues his former group's progressive style. His lyrics are literate to a fault, laced with science-fiction metaphors, social commentary, and very dark humor. The New York area MC declaims in a style that is closer to slam poetry than old school hip-hop, unless your old school includes the Hieroglyphics Crew, Definition of Sound, and Kool Keith. Beans soundscapes range all over the map from pre-old-school hip-hop to intelligent dance music. Tomorrow Right Now is a compelling and surprisingly concise package that makes most mainstream hip-hop look somewhat lazy by comparison.—MJ