Afu-Ra, Body of the Life Force (2000)
On Body of the Life Force, super-scientifical MC Afu-Ra takes a back seat to the stellar team of producers he’s assembled for the project, including DJ Muggs, True Master, and DJ Premier, who delivers a standout track in “Defeat.” In addition, Afu-Ra gets vocal help from Wu-Tang’s GZA and Masta Killa, the Cocoa Brovaz, Barrington Levy, Krumb Snatcha, M.O.P., and Kymani Marley, who blesses “Mortal Kombat” with a sly raggamauffin hook. Unfortunately, Body of the Life Force’s star power overwhelms Afu-Ra himself. Though a talented lyricist — “Stun like stun guns/Son, I’ll hit your fulcrum” he claims on “Defeat” — he doesn’t have the vocal cadences, stylistic flourishes, or distinctive personality to stand out amidst the cacophony. Koch.