The newest Illanotix offering, "The Missing Ingredient", is in one word, masterful. It's been over a decade since a hip hop group has made a significant impact on the nation, and with their sophomore release, Illanotix strives to do just that. The genius of "The Missing Ingredient" lies within the four man crew's ability to do so many things well. All angles are covered from synth infused Chevy music, to thought provoking social commentary, over soulful horns. Illanotix moves seamlessly from topic to topic without missing a beat or confusing the listener. The tempo is set by producer/DJ Big Burley, who provides a different feel, vibe and mood for literally every track on the album. The three emcees; Stevie Ali, Renegade and Flow Assassin combine their uniquely different voices, styles and personalities to create the perfect recipe. "The Missing Ingredient" is a combination of underground street sounds and catchy mainstream hooks. Imagine the flavors of hip hop legends Outkast, Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound, the Geto Boys and Public Enemy all brewing in one pot. This is the essence of Illanotix. The result is a universally appealing new release that will be a must have for commercial listeners, underground fans and internet consumers alike.
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