Review: Slick & Rose Objects in the Mirror

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This Atlanta-based duo has got to be one of the South's best-kept secrets. With phat bass lines and simple yet highly catchy beats, Nikki Slick and Sabrina Rose will catch you off guard. At first glance, you might brush them off as another wannabe girlie soul troupe. But once you hear the beat and the sultry voices on the first track (“Space”) and you're hooked. You're foot will be tapping. You're head will be nodding and by the time you get to the fourth track (“Love Is”), you'll be wondering why you haven't heard of Slick & Rose before.

The tracks blend well together. The beats are pretty fresh. They have tracks with beatboxer and underground MC Dres tha Beatnik. They even have Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest backing them up on their track “U Know U Want It”.

The two came together in 2000, in what would seem like an odd coupling. Nikki Slick hails from Mobile, Alabama (Stone, that's your peoples) while Sabina Rose was raised in the “concrete jungle” of New York City. With influences that range from Southern gospel to Jamaican dub, it's easy to see how their music could be considered eclectic.

Slick & Rose's sound has soul, yet can be defined as hip hop. It got them on the OkayPlayer tour in Japan, and on stage with the likes of Common, Kanye, Chingy, Anthony David and Slum Village. Already they have fans in Europe, (Denmark in particular) and the Far East (Not only did they tour Japan on the OkayPLayer tour, but their album was originally released there in 2003).

To find out more about Slick & Rose, go to their official website.