Underground hip-hop production outfit Da Beatminerz is known more for its deft keyboard work than turntable skills.

Underground hip-hop production outfit Da Beatminerz is known more for its deft keyboard work than turntable skills. Although primarily known for working with East Coast artists, Brace 4 Impak finds the quintet venturing into other parts of the country in search of talent—which it finds in Midwesterner Lord Tariq and West Coast acts Jayo Felony and Ras Kass. Standout cuts include a Beatminerz reunion with Black Moon on "Devestatin' . . . That's Us" and "Open," a duet with Pete Rock and former Soul II Soul member Caron Wheeler. While the album's hooks are mundane at times, Da Beatminerz still manage to impress with heavy drum patterns that recall the early-'90s hip-hop era.—CF

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