Hiphop curiosity seekers inspired by Panjabi MC might be surprised to find that South Asian grooves aren’t all bhangra bangers. This 2001 comp plays up the India-by-way-of-London scene, with the louder jams regularly giving way to pseudo-loungey chill-downs. But tablas or no, Jay-Z could probably still find something to rhyme over. —Joe Warminsky

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