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On first listen, Anything comes across like anything being made by American male hip hop stars. Well, almost. Kinnie Starr has a sweet alto that I defy Wyclef Jean to reproduce. As a hip hop artist, this veteran of the West Coast underground music scene has earned her chops since her 1996 debut Tidy.
With Anything, Starr returns to the performers' route, mixing genre with acutely insightful and raw lyrics. For example, on "Step Back," she warns a former lover: "Step back, got no more space for you, gonna get free from that shit you do," while a slide guitar bridges the …