|1. Lowdeck & Hipsta
"Limited Vocab Intro"
|2. Cannibal Ox "Straight
Off The D.I.C."
|3. Anti-Pop Consortium
|4. M-Boogie feat.
Buckshot "The Real Remix"
|5. J-Live "True
|6. Micranots w/ Marq
Spekt & Stahhr "Virtualistic"
|7. Sonic Sum "Paste"
|8. Shockwave "This
|9. Black Thought
|10. MF Doom "Impostas"
|11. Rise & Shine
"Confess Your Sins"
|12. Heltah Skeltah
"Cace Cosa Vixen"
|13. Styles Of Beyond
|14. Creative feat.
|15. Azeem "Garage
|16. Mr. Lif "Because
They Made It That Way"
|1. Mike Ladd City
|2. Tes One "Sound
|3. MF Grimm "Scars
|4. Spoon "Anti
|5. Writers Block
|6. Reflection Eternal
|7. Grand Agent
"Every 5 Minutes"
|8. Push Button Objects
feat. Mr Lif & Del "360°"
|9. Wu-Tang Clan
|10. All Natural
|11. Chace Infinite
|12. Akbar "Live
|13. Roc Raider w/
Wayne O "Burn The Ass"
|14. Ty "Tale"
|16. Saul Williams
& Wood "Purple Pigeons"
|17. Lowdeck &
Ese "Limited Vocab Outro"
Studio - Two 45 Minute Sets Vol. 5
There were times when
I was seriously asking myself if mixtapes like this
exist. Cause in spots around here, all you get is some
German DJ mixing German stuff, or the Tape Kingz treatment,
or some b-boy breaks tapes. And while that is cool,
it still had me wondering: where are the tapes with
that dope complexity, underground, raw raw hip hop?
Cause if I play the records at home, it would be dope
to have a tape to rock in the car or in the walkman,
with such style on it. Well, to the rescue there's Ese
& Hipsta with their "Embedded Studio" tape. Packed full
with some of the illest ish out there, this is just
answering all my calls and hopes and will not leave
that tape systems for now, until the next tape like
this happens to drop in my hands.
But we are jumping the
gun, are already concluding. Let's first check this
record out properly, that starts with Lowdeck and Hipsta's
"Limited Vocab Intro".
A low bass, hard slicing scratches, as well as voice
samples and quick change ups, allow some hard spitting.
Very smoothly we are walking into "Straight
Off The D.I.C." by Cannibal Ox. The piano
is kept playing in the back, that can easily be missed,
it nestling in so comfortable. Going into Anti-Pop's
is a little less smooth, as it involves turning off
the MK II. But the wild bat cries, as well as some background
insanity is quickly taking away all thoughts that don't
involve being overpowered by this track. Some scratching
then takes us to a completely different vibe, with M-Boogie
feat. Buckshot's track "The
Real", here in the form of the remix, follows
next. Hipsta does some looping with it, what he stops
before the opening line gets annoying. However, the
trick is done with noteworthy safeness and regularity,
also when Hip does a double with the record. And we
are also glad to note that he uses the dirty version
of this track, and not like most other mixtapes the
Hip hop's favorite real
time teacher, and least favorite to successful releases
stories, J-Live comes on next with his "True
School Anthem". The transaction into this
is harsh, especially when there are too many people
talking at the same time for a few seconds. The change
into the Micranots' (w/ Marq Spekt and Stahhr) "Virtualistic"
is similarly done with edges. The step into Sonic Sum's
"Paste" does work
better then, due to the easy to put behind something
else rumbling bass. The Micranots instrumental is kept
around and gives Rob an all new background to rhyme
over. Definitely more animated than what was heard on
the miraculously dope "The Sanity Annex" album, the
talking style of Rob sounds at times rushed to catch
up with the beat, without the latter ever getting away
though. The energy level is then picked up with Shockwave's
before the tape is almost brought to a standstill with
the intro to Black Thought's "Hardware"
getting an undiluted exposure.
We are moving along
to MF Doom's "Impostas"
that is sharing space with Thought's track, what results
in a mush that sounds like an overexposed picture looks
like. It works better when we are progressing to Rise
& Shine's "Confess Your Sins",
what on the other hand, isn't one of the most impressive
tracks. Much better sounding is Heltah Skeltah's "Cace
Cosa Vixen", that is built upon a rumbling
drum and bass, and a whining violin sound. Smoothly
going into Styles Of Beyond's "Word
Perfect", we are back on the bouncy tip,
that is continued on the dope "Networking"
by Creative feat. Freestyle. The step into Azeem's "Garage
Opera Music" sounds good, until Freestyle
gets turned off rather cruelly. And finally, with 45
minutes being accomplished, we check in on Mr. Lif's
"Because They Made It That
Way", to find our way to the end of side
The side b opens with
"Mike Ladd City Winter Intro"
that is a spoken word piece, over 'ohm' like humming,
only being held back by a not completely fine tuned
delivery. The track is still very dope, and makes the
anticipation for what is still to come only more impatient.
We are staying in NY, with Tes giving us "Sound
Investments", that does not step back in
intensity and abstractness. This track is kept on for
a rather long time, before the tape continues to MF
Grimm's "Scars And Memories",
and even though these tracks are remarkably different,
going from one to the other, is laid down to success.
Same can be said about going into Spoon's "Anti
Christ", a dope track, complete with synthetic
bells and a haunted delivery, and things finally getting
maniacal during the choir sample. A piano is the main
sound behind Writers Block's "Situations",
while a guitar is dominating Reflection Eternal's "African
Dream". Things are quietly picking up bouncyness,
that is then peaked with Grand Agent's "Every
5 Minutes", and restrained with Push Button
Objects feat. Mr Lif and Del and their "360°".
The break of styles is rather harsh with Wu-Tang's "Careful"
coming on, as suddenly things are dark. There's a sound
now on here, that doesn't really belong here, as the
first few notes of the next track are repetitiously
put over Wu's beat. This allows a smooth transaction,
but the louder it got, the less well it fitted the Shaolin
track. However, once All Natural's "The
Mic" is on, you are actually made to ask
where Capital D is, as this kid flowing on here, does
not sound like D, unless this track is sped up / slowed
down and gives us a wrong impression.
Chace Infinite then
does "Kinetic Energy",
before the vibe drops again to Akbar's "Live
Long". It seems to be the way things are
done, that tracks change without much ado into the next
cut, as we are suddenly listening to Roc Raider w/ Wayne
O's "Burn The Ass".
Ty's "Tale" is introduced
more smoothly as his beat is blend over the other track.
So this does negate what has just been said about how
things are on this tape. During Ty's track, there's
a layer in the background that sounds like the next
cut, but it actually belongs to the song we are listening
to. Now it wouldn't have been quite possible to mix
into Aceyalone's "Accepted
Eclectic" from the position we are at, so
Ty's track is fading out, before the Fellowship's track
comes on, at the same time not giving us much hope for
the album that will come and will bear the same title
as this track. That's why we rather listen to Saul Williams
& Wood's "Purple Pigeons",
a track built upon a rather hectic beat, that eventually
leads up to Lowdeck and Ese giving us the "Limited
Vocab Outro", a cut featuring some neck breaking
drums at first, and then a siren like guitar and finishing
rhymes, over a number of other beats. What allows us
now to conclude that with very few turntable trickery
on this tape, you don't buy this for that. And what
is unfortunately holding back this tape the most, that
at times the continuation are rather rough. The tape
eventually succeeds though, with the right, dope and
strong selection of happening tracks.