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The Union

Labor Party (www.local440.com)

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The Union might be broke, but they have carnal knowledge of your mom, so that's gotta be worth a little dap from somebody. Known as Whyte Trash from 1995 to 2000, these white-boy rappers ride a blue-collar theme the way Ruff Ryders ride motorbikes. They don't claim to be players, and they only sweat when they're short on beer.

On Labor Party, smoked-out grooves tweak through both new material and older gems, while the four lords of Painesville flex every muscle they've got: "Drinkin' a Brew" warbles along with a Juggalonian white flow. Lovey slow jam "Best Friend" has a big beat at its heart. "Local 440" best represents the new cuts, bouncing hard enough to make the disc skip. Ain't no party like a Whyte Trash party.

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