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In Brief

April 21, 1996|Cheo Hodari Coker

*** Busta Rhymes, "The Coming," Elektra. Busta Rhymes' metaphors are like stick figures bouncing around the room to funky rhythms. "The Coming" is short on deep themes but long on dazzling displays of rhyme skill. Tracks such as the marauding "Abandon Ship," the breakneck-paced "Woo Hah!" and the silky smooth "It's a Party" show that there are still compelling hip-hop records to be made without dramatic narratives or weighty social politics.

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