"I only rap cuz I ain't smart enough to write a book." That's the improbable (and untrue) hook on "Da Baddest Poet," which introduces rapper sole's second album.

"I only rap cuz I ain't smart enough to write a book." That's the improbable (and untrue) hook on "Da Baddest Poet," which introduces rapper sole's second album. As with other efforts from the Anticon camp, sole's work is lyrically dense and not quite ripe for mass consumption since he simply refuses to employ the pandering, nursery-rhyme flow characterized by more radio-friendly hip-hop efforts. Though at times his voice seems subsumed and overwhelmed by some of the surrounding tracks, those who do some sifting will be rewarded with some incisive social commentary: Witness the set's closing cut, "Ode to the War on Terrorism." Not only brave, but engaging, too.—TP