"The Funky Precedent" brings together artists from both coasts and in between to present an eclectic, subterranean blend of hip-hop, Latin, folk and nasty funk. "Precedent" has its share of sure-shots. "Triple Optics," Dilated Peoples' acknowledgment of third-eye vision, sets off the CD nicely. ("Put out one of my eyes and I still got two/ Put out the second one and I could still see you/ It's Triple Optics." ) Other bangers come courtesy of Black Eyed Peas, Divine Styler and Jurassic 5. But the one cut that deserves to be heard is Damon Aaron's melodramatic reflection on life in the urban, "To the Outside."
Overall, this is an ambitious effort to lift the voice of nonmainstream artists' music and messages. And about two-thirds of it moves mountains and bunny hills. Unfortunately, the rest freezes every reaction except the screw-face and the fast-forward-button push. It's a B-minus with heart.