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T-Love - Return of the B-Girl

By james casey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 4, 1999
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Arizona Daily Wildcat

Return of the B-Girl
(Pickaninny Records)

California native T-Love looks set to throw back all misconceptions about b-girls and stick a lyrical finger in the eye of most cheap MCs out there.

The 9-track EP starts off with a jazz-laden bass line and follows tight for the remaining 20 minutes or so. "What's My Name" kicks in with deep upright bass (courtesy of producer This Kid Named Miles, who also plays all cello, guitars, drums, and lays over the scientific methodical scratching) and follows with taut beats. The standout song of the bunch is "Wanna-Beez" featuring Chali 2na of Jurassic-5 and Ozomatli fame. "Wanna-Beez" has some brilliant lyrics such as "jocking Wu-Tang, don't know new slang" and "it's a travesty, you're selling millions of records but you're a crap MC." Kool Keith makes a guest appearance on the title track and sounds better than he ever did.

Return of the B-Girl is good, real good. T-Love doesn't ride on the strength of guest appearances like other artists - her style is fluid yet solid.

- james casey