Artist: Eyedea & Abilities Track: "This Story" Album: By the Throat Listen

Both Eyedea and Abilities sometimes fall into tired formats -- one a skittish emcee trying to make an album out of battle couplets, the other a beat-maker far too obsessed with crescendos from classic soul singles. On this single from their latest collaboration, both step out of comfort zones. Abilities damages a noisy electronic sample, while his counterpart on vocals spits something deeper than an unnamed foe's weak skills. It's a good track from two talents who have helped establish Rhymesayers as a premier indie hip-hop imprint.