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JAZZY JEFF (Buy CDs by this artist)
On Fire (Jive) 1985

The original Jazzy Jeff offers solid rap action with a strong, clear delivery, significantly cliché-reduced rhymes and a variety of socially responsible concerns on his debut album, On Fire. He warns about "King Heroin (Don't Mess with Heroin)," shows a real soft spot for "My Mother (Yes I Love Her)" and asks the DJ to "Mix So I Can Go Crazy" and "Rock It (Rock It)." Electric guitar, inventive percussion and clever mix gimmickry (by Bryan "Chuck" New and Phil Nicholas of the Willesden Dodgers) give this a fairly familiar sound, but Jazzy Jeff is an above-average rapper.

[Terry Rompers]