With solid underground hip-hop albums coming far and few between in recent months, D&D Records couldn't have picked a better time to relaunch.

With solid underground hip-hop albums coming far and few between in recent months, D&D Records couldn't have picked a better time to relaunch. D&D principals Doug Grama and David Lotwin, owners of hip-hop's historic D&D Studios, have executive-produced a compilation that will have hip-hop heads, once again, nodding. The collection also serves as a showcase for D&D acts Craig-G, Krumb Snatcha, Jack Venom, and QNC. Venom taps his Dominican roots on the horn-drenched, Domingo-produced "Itz Nuttin." The track's foundation is the perfect backdrop for the MC's relentless lyrical flow. Krumb Snatcha's "What's Life" is the set's most dramatic moment, with the Boston native addressing his own demons as well as his enemies over a thick Easy Mo Bee beat. The set's closer, the lengthy "2 Hits and Pass" (produced by QNC's Curt Cazal), harkens back to the days of ciphers and freestyles; it's an apropos footnote for this pitch-perfect set.—RH

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