The Session - Various - Farewell Fondle Em Album (CDr)
He is also not much of a label head. Great, and apparently legendary in hip-hop deejay circles, but not commercial in the least. The same goes for the rest of the record: killer track after killer track, but really not much in the way of huge popular success. The same goes for my favorite track here, the freestyle pitting El-P against J-Treds.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. The short lived trio of Dose, Odd Nosdam and Why? Songs would stretch over movements rather than be confined to a few sweet 16s and 32s, and at time it felt like their closest allies were post rockers like Godspeed or Tortoise.
Considering it is best remembered for kickstarting the careers of Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, Doom sounds surprisingly Wu-related. By the time Sunz Of Man show up near the end their presence already feels like a foregone conclusion — they were there in spirit all along. Hear that? Click, dial tone. Voo and co. At the time, Natural Elements was one of the crews we could count on to body our tape decks with stellar battle-centric freestyle antics they never slacked on a radio appearancethen follow-up with a solid record such as this.
Side A of this tape is not Murs solo, but old 3 Melancholy Gypsies material Murs, Eligh, and Scarub from back when they rhymed fast and had the Project Blowed guys pretty upset. The man put songs about boosting The Session - Various - Farewell Fondle Em Album (CDr) alongside songs about fucking cartoon characters, living with his mom and being an Alaskan fisherman, and yet somehow this ridiculous combination works.
Not only that, it makes for one of the most purely entertaining albums to emerge from the NY underground. WordSound, Peanut Butter Wolf might be best known as the figurehead of indie hip-hop behemoth Stones Throw, but prior to spending his time cutting checks, he was cutting tunes of his own. No wonder that he ended up becoming so intrinsically involved with Madlib. He traded in the disjointed, super-weird prose of the Kool Keith collabs for slang-riddled, rapidly-spoken bars that spanned the length of fly gear, drug trafficking, and — obviously — various mythological gods.
It marked an interesting point in the underground when folks were dialling back to the pavement of their block as opposed to imagining up new lyrical planets and other wordy shit. Inthirsting heads received some solace with the release of this compilation, which gathered a bunch of the finer demos from core Atoms members.
Dropping a few months before T. Though the group is still active, particularly in Europe, Southernunderground was their backpack peak, laced with goofy punchlines and heartfelt stories. Percee is undoubtedly a supremely skilled rapper, but his legend in the underground will always hinge on his persevering efforts to spread his work more than on the music itself.
His story is familiar to anybody with even a passing knowledge of the New York rap — for years the man stood in front of Fat Beats on 6th Ave and tried to sell this record to anybody who might have an interest in hip-hop. At least three The Session - Various - Farewell Fondle Em Album (CDr) the people involved in the making of this list bought it from him there. Any indie hip-hop list would be incomplete without Talib Kweli, but while his work with Mos Def has been set in stone, his collaborations with producer Hi Tek are often brushed aside.
Before Jurassic 5 signed to Interscope and became the world-conquering successors to Pharcyde et al, they released an indie EP that contained most of their best tracks it was later re-tooled and transformed into their debut album. InKool Keith was dealing with somewhat unwanted stardom. His Dr. If you still had a taste for boom bap this was a gold mine, and Little Brother deserve props for being a genuine grassroots success.
It seems strange now that two artists so known for their outside-the-box thinking chose to set barriers for this project, with each track rigidly featuring one of them handling production and the other sticking to vocals, then swapping those responsibilities every other song. Even though Champion Sound is a collaborative effort, the format forces the listener to draw comparisons. So classic in fact, that he truly does come across as a towering three-headed rap monster.
But if you must have a feature, please keep Mr. Fantastik — he was wearing his thinking hat tap, tap, tap, tap, tap. This turn-of-the-century split was absolutely pivotal for three reasons. A thing of beauty, we tell ya. The tag in the name is apt: this is The Session - Various - Farewell Fondle Em Album (CDr) essential entry-level indie rap primer, even if it did come out on a subsidiary of a major label.
What, you thought we were gonna go through a list of the best of indie rap without giving acknowledgement to West Coast legend Del tha Funkee Homosapien? For his full length debut, Boston rapper Mr. Lif decided go the way of progressive rock and craft a concept album. To greatly simplify things, it concerns a nuclear holocaust, so who better to handle the majority of the production than Def Jux boss EL-Producto?
Listen with an open mind and you might forget it was indie at all. The Unseen needs to be listened to from beginning to end — cherry picking its few obvious moments would do it a disservice. Spark up and listen. His name was already synonymous for a certain seam of quality when it dropped, but this was his chance to shine. It had a few memorable vocal moments, certainly — Blueprint and Copywrite both handle themselves well — but this was a record that shone on its instrumental cuts.
Think of this as the EP we would have loved to have seen drop in official form tracks four to 10plus a bonus EP of choice demos and loosies. In the backpacker scene, especially on the West Coast, poetry slams and spoken word performances were a close cousin of rap open-mic nights. Dig Acey up on a small stage black turtleneck optionalbreathlessly expounding streams of consciousness as Mumbles grooves on a piano somewhere just outside of the spotlight.
His missives are The Session - Various - Farewell Fondle Em Album (CDr) and full of symbolism, each an intricate and literary exploration of his personal philosophy. Their picks did indeed prove to be winners; a good portion of the rappers and producers featured here would go on to become either cult favorites or outright stars. Later entries improved the formula by including a wider range of artists and more exclusives to supplement previously released material, but Vol. Fantastic Damage is the first solo full-length from ex-Company Flow member and Def Jux founder El-Producto, whose label was, at the time, gaining momentum with every release.
Clocking in at a lengthy 16 tracks, the first listen of Fantastic Damage seemed angled very intentionally to leave listeners baffled. Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. While the re-tooled and widely loved Fantastic Vol. Live, at a much higher playback quality, thanks to these vinyl-only releases.
Glancing at Labor Days 14 years later, all the pop culture references and clever turns of phrase and wordplay tricks are finally understood and pleasant to listen to. Bigg Jus Black Mamba Serums 2. Granted, not all of the material has aged well — certain moments feel painfully dated — but even so, Jus remains the pinnacle of what the more abstract side of the backpacker scene had to offer. Lyricist Lounge 2 is the second installment of the other compilation series by Rawkus, based on an infamous open mic night of the same name.
Most importantly the music itself was very good — heads simply had to deal with the fact that a few of the songs were just a bit catchier than they were used to. These were the songs passed around by in-the-know rap friends, and the ones being performed at shows where El-P The Session - Various - Farewell Fondle Em Album (CDr) be lurking in the back, perhaps waiting to jump on stage to do that one hidden track.
By this point Slug was already a seasoned rapper and fully developed in his poetic everyman persona, but still enough of a youthful, boozy miscreant for us to identify with.
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