This joint venture of rapper Lateef the Truth Speaker (of Latryx) and DJ Chief Xcel (of Blackalicious) embodies hip-hops power to incite and to inspire. Adopting the name Maroons, after 18th-century slaves that rebelled against the New World, this twosome pursues a kindred mission. If equates staying the course with self-destruction, unfolding a detailed political agendaincluding a shout out to Medicare(!)while Matter of Time is a funky call to the barricades. Even at its most political, Ambush is great fun, echoing old masters from James Brown to Chic. Xcels booming beats recall raps old-school glories, while Lateef is a fiery MC who can also lay down a love song (Dont Stop) with energetic grace.