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Album Review

M-Dot, 'Making Doubters Over Think'

December 20, 2010

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The reasons this Lynn-based MC has been the fastest rising, and one of the most popular, MCs on the Boston hip-hop scene are readily clear: He has developed his rhyme skills at a lightning pace and has a tireless work ethic. The 26-year-old M-Dot (Michael Januario on his birth certificate) drops this set a mere six months after his last mixtape, “Run MPC,’’ a diverse collaboration with European producer Jean Maron. Here, it’s clearly the MC’s show, and M-Dot is staring down his doubters with both barrels fully loaded and a knife in his boot. These tough-minded songs are focused on exposing phony hip-hop and examining the 2010 Boston Music Award Best Hip-Hop Artist winner’s personal struggle to rise out of obscurity. Along with a number of guests and some head-knocking beats, M-Dot delivers lines with purpose and almost every verse explodes with an endless array of intricate internal and external rhymes. He deserves a gold medal for verbal gymnastics on songs such as “No Money Down’’ and “Entrance 4.’’ The way you walk the walk in hip-hop is by talking the talk, and throughout this, especially on molten tracks such as “No Turning Back,’’ and “Hate on Me,’’ with KrumbSnatcha, M-Dot walks hard. (Out now) KEN CAPOBIANCO

ESSENTIAL “No Money Down’’