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A Windy City consortium with a backpacker sensibility, this umbrella crew is actually a record label disguised as a group. Consisting centrally of four MCs/producers -- jDoubleu, Atlas, Banner, and Chauncie Gardner (whose moniker is taken from the Adamic Peter Sellers character in the movie Being There) -- Frontline's goal was to challenge the status quo of the rap game. Their music sounds like the end result of living, breathing, and sleeping hip-hop for weeks on end in a basement studio. Psychological catharsis bleeds from their edgy tracks, concepts, and lyrics; their music is experimental with an emphasis on the mental. While the Detroit sound of Eminem/D12 is darkly humorous, clever, and over the top, Frontline's sound is emblematic of Chicago's deep underground: starkly serious (with some hints at humor) and primal without sacrificing complexity. Frontline seems to be more concerned with moving hip-hop back toward its essence than going platinum. The debut project from the Frontline camp, Overlooked, found an audience mostly in the Midwest in early 2001 and served as a precursor for solo albums from each of its members à la the Wu-Tang Clan. ~ M.F. DiBella
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  1.   Song
  2.   Breathe with Me
  3.   That Aint U by The Frontline
  4.   Oh My God
  5.   Do or Die
  6.   What Was You Thinkin'?
  7.   We Aint Done
  8.   Outro featuring Don Max
  9.   What I Can by The Frontline
  10.   Lost in Translation
  11.   Gspürsch de Rhythmus by Zycra
  12.   Bang It!
  13.   Time IIs Now
  14.   Night Time
  15.   Anthem 2 featuring Don Max
  16.   Dach zu Dach featuring Don Max
  17.   Black Jack by The Frontline
  18.   I'm That Nigga
  19.   Non Mi Va by Don Max
  20.   Onto Something
  21.   Smile 4 the Camera by The Frontline
  22.   Intro (Who R You) by The Frontline
  23.   Come and Get Me
  24.   Global System
  25.   Times Up
  26.   Halfway Home
  27.   Ready
  28.   Wack by Don Max
  29.   Menea Tu Cuerpo featuring Don Max
  30.   Frontline Anthem featuring Apache
  31.   FLKCZS featuring Don Max
  32.   FLKCZS Intro featuring Don Max
  33.   Settle the Score
  34.   Stomp 'N' Clap by The Frontline
  35.   The Rich by The Frontline
  36.   Mini Musig by Frank West
  37.   What You Expect?
  38.   Uh Huh by The Frontline
  39.   How It Is
  40.   Gun Cocked by The Frontline
  41.   Feel Me
  42.   Gonna Get It
  43.   Chirurg by Zycra
  44.   Zürcher featuring Trigga MC
  45.   Undergrund by Trigga MC
  46.   Screw Loose
  47.   Follow
  48.   Hidden Tape by Trigga MC
  49.   Cold (Interlude)
  50.   Hold'Em
  51.   Borrowed Time
  52.   Walk with You
  53.   I Love the Way You Shake
  54.   N.O.C.H.E.U. featuring Don Max
  55.   Das Isch Für Dich featuring Don Max
  56.   Geister featuring Don Max
  57.   Lasting Impression
  58.   Routine
  59.   Now U Know by The Frontline
  60.   Please Go

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