New names and fresh faces enliven urban scene

Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 1:00am

This has been a highly productive and intriguing year thus far on the urban music scene. R&B continues to enjoy enormous crossover success, and rap and hip-hop show signs of emerging from the creative slump that plagued them during the winter. New releases from Alicia Keys, Craig David, Sisqo, Missy Elliott and Michael Franti are indicative of this trend of mostly fine music coming from urban stylists.

Alicia Keys is among the finest and most versatile new faces to emerge among artists billed as

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