Soundbombing III

After an extended hiatus, Rawkus returns to the business of releasing inspired hip-hop with the latest installment in its Soundbombing series.

After an extended hiatus, Rawkus returns to the business of releasing inspired hip-hop with the latest installment in its Soundbombing series. Serving as the first release from the imprint's deal with MCA, Soundbombing III features Rawkus veterans, as well as a few surprises. Mos Def and his Black Jack Johnson cohorts blend hip-hop and rock on "Freak Daddy." Lead single "The Life" pairs the unlikely duo of Styles P. and Pharoahe Monch. The duo work well together over the Ayatollah-produced track. "What Lies Beneath" finds featured guest Q-Tip returning to A Tribe Called Quest form. Other highlights include the sweet soul of "Yelling Away" by Zap Mama, Common, and Talib Kweli, and the Beatnuts' "The Trouble Is . . ." Mixed by Cipha Sounds and Mr. Choc, Soundbombing III is proof that Rawkus is serious about its future.—RH