|1. The Vinyl Addicts "Intro:
The Chicago Project"
|2. Juice "Raise
|3. Earatik Statik feat. Submission
"Still Got It Locked"
|4. Last Won feat.
Puertochinko & I.N.F. of the Outfitters "3
Degrees Of Evil"
|5. Unhappyest (Rusty Chains,
Willis Drummond II, Mr. Kent) "Thunder
Strikes Basket Of Roses"
|6. capital D of All Natural
|7. Mic One "Crazee"
|8. Puertochinko "Box
|9. O-Type Star, Ice Gre &
Adad (First Chicago) "Mild Sauce"
|10. Thawfor "False
|11. Qwel "Face
|12. Babble "Transportation"
|13. Robust "Out Of
|14. Offwhyte "Rappers
|15. Lord 360 "Burial
|16. The Opus "Supreme
|Another big name comes on next,
with Earatik Statik spitting serious braggadocios
rhetoric on "Still
Got It Locked" over an interestingly
traditional The Opus beat. Speaking of The Opus,
there are two more tracks graced by the big O. First
there's Thawfor's "False
Idols", where the elements get more
known mystical. While "Supreme
Navigation" comes on as the last
track on the record, it remaining instrumental,
and it being as excellent as the name The Opus guarantees.
And another one of the best songs on the album comes
by capital D of All Natural. His self produced "Vent"
is combining an incredible beat, with the as usual
thoughtful lyrics by the D, making 'grown folks
music' in a forever staying youth culture.
|The Galapagos4 massive also adds
two tracks to this compilation: first there's Qwel's
Value", produced by Jackson
Jones, first released on a 12" and now available
to all those that prefer small silver to big black
discs. On here Qwel flexes his lyrical strength.
What with him however not always results in him
bragging, but in a good song. Offwhyte then does
"Rappers & Chemicals",
an interesting title, that's quick to make the Meaty
Ogre produced song interesting too. Off' is still
rapping fast and as always he's demanding attention
with the rhetoric. And finally, on the rim of Galapagos
comes "Out Of String"
by Robust, due to him using a Meaty Ogre beat. Robust
is consciously choosing not to do battling verses,
but the melancholy beat wouldn't allow too much
of brain shaking anyways. But the total of the track
is not allowing us to get too hyped though.
|And isn't that some modern black
and white movie sound carpet Unhappyest (Rusty Chains,
Willis Drummond II, Mr Kent) rhyme over on "Thunder
Strikes Basket Of Rose"? Well, the
strings are a little irregular, making it harder
for this track to settle in a pattern, what doesn't
confuse the rappers though, who kick some dust with
their bragging verses, making a good song. Puertochinko
does a careless "Box
Cutter" track, and similarly
bouncy is Babble's "Transportation",
and everyone will smile once he recognizes the sample,
that's well treated by Chester Copperpot.
|Looking for the aspects that don't
live up to the high Chicago standards, are the guitar
beat by Lost Won on his own "3
Degrees Of Evil", that also features
Puertochinko & I.N.F. of the Outfitters. Interestingly
enough his old partner Lord 360 also fails with
the beat on "Burial
Sequence". Lyrically he is one of
the next to be big Chicago artists, but at least
according to this beat, his production skills need
some grooming. While in style but also rhetoric
takes us a couple of years back, with O-Type Star,
Ice Gre & Adad (First Chicago) fighting against
the clustered background beat. The chaos then however
by Mic One, making it hard to care for all the words
he says on this song.
|Compilations are often a breeding
place for throwaway tracks. And while some of the
songs don't live up to the quality we know these
artists are able to achieve, the two thirds still
hold the majority and hold an abundance of dopeness
in 'em. Thus we need to give the man behind this
project, Tim Stroh of the probably defunct Slaughterhouse
V, some serious props. But props also belongs to
Chicago, for actually coming together and not only
do good music themselves, but also contribute to
one collaborative project.
|And as this is
only scratching the surface of all the good artists
in Chicago, we look forward to Volume 2.
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