As Guidance approaches its half century mark, it shifts gears again. This time the label explores the streets of hip hop. "Urban Renewal: Word on the Street" is a stunning exerpt from the forthcoming full length spoken word album "The Voices of Urban Renewal". Hip hop's fastest rising star, Mos Def, sets it off with a colloquial paean to the Higher Power in "All Praise Due". After many featured performances with De La Soul, DJ Krush, Mike Zoot, Mos Def who is half of Black Star with Talib Kweli, is on the verge of dropping his solo debut on MCA. The smooth, polished beats, courtesy of A.D.L.I.B. a/k/a Mansa (producer of Kombo "Don't Stop"), provide the essential backing track for this street serenade. The flip introduces Prime Meridian, leading contenders for Chicago's underground hip hop title. "Musical Mirages" is a masterpiece of abstract verses woven into a tight, colorful beat. Simeon and The Scarecrow conjure a wide panorama of images over a hypnotizing beat. The bonus cut, "BANG!" was produced by Maseo of De La Soul and features Indeed, DJ Q, and Mike G. This is cutting edge NYC jump up track features freestyles from some of the most upfront MCs from city that never sleeps.