Citizen Cope (aka Clarence Greenwood) is of such a rare breed that it's hard not to look to G. Love and Special Sauce leader Garrett Dutton as a reference point. Like Dutton, Greenwood infuses seeming

Citizen Cope (aka Clarence Greenwood) is of such a rare breed that it's hard not to look to G. Love and Special Sauce leader Garrett Dutton as a reference point. Like Dutton, Greenwood infuses seemingly marijuana-slowed acoustic and quietly electric tracks with irresistible doses of hip-hop. But, unlike Dutton, Greenwood—formerly of Maryland hip-hop act Basehead—applies a decidedly pop feel to most of his tracks, evident in such thrillingly funky, piccolo-snare-driven cuts as "Contact" and "200,000 (In Counterfeit 50 Dollar Bills)." While on the balance of this, his DreamWorks debut, he seems to occupy the ground between G. Love and D'Angelo—fusing rock and hip-hop, without creating something remotely akin in volume and attitude to today's rap/rock regime—he's able to switch gears with ease and produce "Salvation," a stark acoustic track. A remarkable outing on which nothing seems lost in the translation from heart to wax (or rather, plastic).—WO