label: grit | inebriated
includes: a.g., big daddy kane, krs-one, pete rock, o.c., reks, l da headtoucha, party arty, wordsworth, others.
year of release: 2003
1. A.G. feat. Party Arty, Dezmontero : Future Flavas
2. KRS-One feat. Shuman : The Message
3. Soul Supreme feat. The Electric Co. : Respect Life
4. L Da Headtoucha : All In Together
5. Planet Asia, Rasco feat. An Ion: The Transitional : Hardcore Shit
6. Soul Supreme feat. Reks, Noel : Still Searchin'
7. Soul Supreme feat. Pete Rock, A.G., T-Max : Queen (Hip-Hop)
8. Big Daddy Kane feat. Checkmark, DJ Revolution : Come Get It
9. L Da Headtoucha : The Need (I Need You)
10. OC feat. Kai : Worst Nightmare
11. Soul Supreme feat. Shuman : Security
12. Soul Supreme feat. A.G. : TSNA (The Saturday Nite Agenda)
bonus track
Soul Supreme feat. Wordsworth, Moe from Mission, Illin' P : Regardless
It all started with the likes of Ugly Duckling and People Under The Stairs, who both wouldn't give a damn what the current development of rap sounded like. These geezers stick to their guns, which is one of those rusty early nineties kind of weaponry. From that spun a Little Brother, and others, a lot of hype, many re-releases dropping left and right, and now we got here. Sweden's Soul Supreme takes the whole retro chic one step further, as he invites several of the main artists from back then to this record.
The names belonging to these artists are Big Daddy Kane, A.G., KRS-One and Pete Rock. To name some, but not all. And one collaboration between two of 'em, Pete Rock and A.G. is arguably the best song on this album: "Queen (Hip-Hop)". Just as Pete and A.G. (along with T-Max) speak on all the beauty of H.E.R. and her, the track glistens of beauty, with an incredible Soul Supreme beat, that does all that's so perfect and still better about early 90s rap production. A.G. asks to "let me tap on that like the MPC", along with him claiming to be "the last man standing like the Empire State". Thus this could have easily be an old men song, but as these guys quite obviously kept their finger to the pulse, they still sound good and as Pete says: he's "still making beats and still getting it together".
A.G. also carries much of "Future Flavas", with this D.I.T.C. veteran really outshining many a young buck whatever the year. Along with Party Arty and Dezmontero, he's flipping his flow a little, for some more representing verses. The line up of this song also shows how the known big brothers are paired with lesser known distant relatives, offering one of the many balances. Another appears in the spectrum of the topics, as "The Message" is exactly that. KRS-One and Shuman come through with a simple to follow, but none the less honest truth. Later down the track, Big Daddy Kane is paired with Checkmark and DJ Revolution on "Come Get It", who rhyme or scratch over a beat that's as hard as a Supreme beat seems to get. And finally we can also count the collaboration of O.C. and Kai, "Worst Nightmare", to be one of those mentioned ones.
At the same time, we also get a couple of 'solo' songs, as well as next generation icons songs. So there's the flipping a known sample "Respect Life" by The Electric Co., who find the good in bad, or the plain good. L Da Headtoucha is to spit two tracks, with the better being "The Need (I Need You)", with rhetoric on the fiending for the flavor and life. Later comes "All In Together", which is smoothed out, as is "Hardcore Shit", by Planet Asia, Rasco, An Ion: The Transitional, despite the gritty title. A.G. then returns by himself on the title track "TSNA (The Saturday Nite Agenda)", where he lives up to the responsibility to offer a distilled tale of everything you associate with the title.
While so much is great about this record, like the production by Soul Supreme not only capturing the aimed vibe splendidly, but also making it move into this century. Like the lyrics that are done by talented cats who often really utilize their talent to live up to their names. At the same time there's the obvious flew glitches here and there. Like "Still Searchin'" by Reks and Noel struggles to really excite. That's because Reks is sounding rather full stomach, as opposed to hungry, and Noel's singing is really unnecessary. The beat while solid fails to fully excite, what can also be said about "Worst Nightmare". This is just a little too jiggy, especially when compared to the jazz of "Security", a track with solo rhyming by Shuman.
Nevertheless, this compilation is quite the sleeper: considering everyone on here, the hype should be or should have been enormous. The fact that it's not can either mean that the young bucks don't care anymore, or that the album didn't live up to the expectations. It's probably that it couldn't live up to the expectations.
However, much of the music on here is really good, and gives you a couple of backflashes to the years when it was just better. But little is really able to hang with the classic material from back then, what is the music that you're still listening to right now. Thus the comparison is an uphill battle. Still, "The Saturday Nite Agenda" is retro in the best of ways, it's current in better ways than current music, it's good, it should excite you, and it's hopefully only the first of many more installments.
review: tadah
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