Andy Downing of the Chicago Tribune reviewed Diverse’s Empty Bottle show Thursday, where the Chicago emcee tested material for his sophomore album, due in early 2006. Downing writes, “Diverse, who prowled the front of the stage like a prizefighter, rapped about everything from the evolution of hip-hop to the guns, greed and war that fuel life on the streets. A few cuts even found the rapper singing like a love-struck soul man, falling to his knees to croon lines such as, ‘I’d die for you,’ his voice crackling with emotion. These dramatic flourishes and streetwise rhymes, clichés in the hands of a less-capable artist, were handled with the same skill Diverse displayed in his debut.” Read more.
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