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In Full Gear

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Length  63:31
Release date  1988
Label  Tommy Boy Entertainment
Artist  Stetsasonic
Producer  Ced-Gee
Genre  Hip hop music
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In Full Gear is the second studio album by American hip hop band Stetsasonic, released in 1988 by Tommy Boy Records.


Music and lyrics

In Full Gear is a double album that draws on various influences in its hip hop style, including R&B, jazz, dancehall reggae, and rock influences. It also incorporates beat-boxing, sampling technology, and live band performance. "Freedom or Death" and "Talkin' All That Jazz" discuss credos of revolution and sampling, respectively. On "Float On", a remake of The Floaters' 1977 song of the same name, rapper Wise envisions "a woman with a realistic imagination, a woman who thinks for herself, whose thoughts are bold and free".

Critical reception

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau found the "well-meaning" band merely competent musically and said that their cover of "Float On" is "even ickier than the original". He was more enthusiastic about "Freedom or Death" and "Talking All That Jazz", and felt that In Full Gear succeeds on "a camaraderie that reaches deeper than the usual homeboy bonding". In his own list for the Pazz & Jop critics poll, Christgau named "Talkin' All That Jazz" the seventeenth best single of 1988.


1In Full Gear3:31
2DBC Let the Music Play4:16
3Freedom or Death1:41


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