M-1 - Confidential

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M-1 has never been the best lyricist out the box, but he gets the job done and makes up for any short comings with his message.

As one half of the revolutionary-but-gangsta duo dead prez, M-1 has now gone for self with his brand new solo debut. This album comes as a bit of a surprise to many as it is the general consensus that stic.man is the superior rhyme sayer. Its by no means law, but most of the time the stronger of a duo that goes for dolo first. Nevertheless, here comes M-1 on the hush with Confidential.

The set's introduction comes courtesy of the infectious, hard-hitting "Early," a liberating duet with his partner-n-rhyme stic.man. Notable tracks on M-1's more-than desirable first time out include the heartfelt "Land, Bread & Housing" which comes complete with a spoken reflection from the emcee's mother. The soulful and jazzy "Love You Can't Borrow," which is an ode to mind sex of sorts that features Q-Tip and Cassandra Wilson. Lest I forget to mention the anthem-like "Comrade's Call" with the ill verbal assist from The Lox's Styles P and DMX prot