Internal Affairs

By Lawrence Bailey

A quick listen and Sweet Home Babylon could be erroneously lumped into the omnibus “underground hip hop” category. To do so would be hasty.

The second independent release from the Calgary-based crew Internal Affairs is less a collection of music and more a collection of viewpoints, a treatise on our times and the world around us.

With styles ranging from the classic hip hop formula of beats, cuts and rhymes to straight spoken word to folk-influenced, guitar-driven tracks to jungle; Sweet Home Babylon runs the gamut. The only common thread is the awareness and social commentary that defines every offering on this 17-track release.

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