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A little compare ‘n’ contrast: The remake of “Welcome to the Terrordome” on Pharoahe Monch’s new album, Desire, vs. the cover of “Lyrics of Fury” on Tricky’s 1996 disc, Pre-Millennium Tension.

For me, it’s all about the commonalities. In the end, each song nerds-out by treating the source material reverently: Monch does an uncanny Chuck D imitation over some balls-out soul samples, and although Tricky totally gives up the microphone to sidekick Martina Topley-Bird to handle Rakim’s raps on “Lyrics,” her delivery is dead serious. (Rakim might take issue with a female reppin’ his hallowed rhymes, but her devotion to the original tone has to count for something.)

Both make me want to watch Juice again, perhaps while playing Edward Fortyhands. But that’s just me.