Ana Tijoux, 1977
Chilean rapera Ana Tijouxâ€™s second album doesnâ€™t sound like anything current. Itâ€™s antiquated, recalling 1990s jazzbo classics such as MC Solaarâ€™s Prose Combat and Digable Planetsâ€™ Reachinâ€™ (A New Refutation of Time and Space). Hordatoj and Foexâ€™s beats create a quiet space for songs like the politically-themed â€œSubeâ€ and the modestly boastful title track, and Tijoux sometimes whispers her rhymes as if sheâ€™s rapping in a library. This may sound terribly boring, but itâ€™s not. Tijouxâ€™s 1977 is a cool delight, and her impressive lyrical performance will draw you in whether you speak her language or not.