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Prefuse Hip-Hop MP3

Back in early March, Prefuse 73 made the Disquiet Downstream with a track, “Pagina Dos Featuring the Books,” that the Warp Records label posted for users of its bleep.com digital-music retail service, as an apology for some sort of technical error. Later that month, Warp gave another track, “Hideyaface,” to Salon.com for the site’s daily free-download feature, “Audiophile.” The track features Ghostface (and it appears, El-P, though the Salon entry doesn’t mention him) rapping over beats that Prefuse (aka Scott Herren) emphasizes with a tangy percussive hook and hazy synths. The chorus includes this particularly interesting line: “Cuz radio don’t play you / doesn’t mean that you great.”

By Marc Weidenbaum

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