megabusive, smash adams, rase, reyzhon d, triangulum,
el uno, dick jones, others.
|1. "Mood Music"
by Rase, Gas One
by Pilot Rase, Reyzhon D
|3. "Fuck The Radio
(Instrumental)" by Dick Jones, Rase, Sidous Idiom
by Young Joseph, Smash Adams
|5. "Freak Transmition"
by Megabusive, Macro Axe, El Uno
|6. "Furious Turntable
Army (Instrumental)" by Gass One and his brother
|7. "Some People"
by Triangulum, U.C.
"Triangulum Freestyle" by Casio Rapman, Triangulum
by Dick Jones
by Dick Jones
by Rase, Neila
|12. "Samurai Jesus
(Instrumental)" by Dick Jones
|13. "I'm Sick (Interlude)"
by Dick Jones
by Dick Jones, Luke Sick
|15. "Dumb Ass Freestyle"
|16. "Dumb Ass Freestyle"
|17. "What Got Us
Here" by Joe Dubbs
|18. "A Bunch Of
Shit" by Megabusive, Pilot Rase, Smash Adams
With everyone from Blaze
to your moms and 'Big Willie Label #4' jock riding the
westcoast underground nowadays, it's time to show 'em
all the middle finger. While it's dope that acts are
getting the well deserved shine, we agree with Bill
Baren (CEO of NuGruv Alliance) when he says: "Whenever
you see acts going to majors, it's a sign that the movement
is either about to mutate or die out. If history repeats
itself, as it always does, I see this as the death of
this movement as we know it" (Blaze, June/July 2000,
p.72). Then again, this is even deeper under the surface
than what is currently blowing up. This is some honest
homegrown hip hop, that's sub-underground, done on analog
4 tracks, nevertheless banging, done by full time artists,
and it's their bread and butter, but still these cats
really do it for the love.
Open up shop with "Mood
Music", Rase and Gas One team up for an intro
like instrumental of menacing piano's and slicing scratches.
The piano continues on the Rase produced "Flashlight",
that has Reyzhon attack the mic. A culmination of punchlines
'open the door for the misguided', that will then be
seriously set straight. Even flipping things and dropping
some social commentary, the FTA beatsmiths Dick Jones
and Rase team up on the next cut "Fuck
The Radio", with the live bass and scratches
of Sidous Idiom. Atmospheric like a late evening car
ride near the coast, this track is allaying us into
it's grasp, before the scratches pick hair outta our
skull. Curiously enough, Smash Adams decides to scream
and gasp over the interlude that is "Artilary",
using "Pasttime Paradise", at the end even chopping
it up. "Freak Transmission"
is continuing the insanity introduced by the track before,
with Megabusive, Macro Axe and El Uno lyrically stomping
the mic over this bubbly Megabusive beat. Either this
is to be followed by some serious psychological session,
or we just continue on with "Furious
Turntable Army", as done by Gass One and
his brother Pete. The intensity on this turntablism
cut is dope, with heavy scratching, a lot of dd-chigga-d-chiggasss.
For all those that like
their beats in the far left field of the spectrum, "Some
People" produced by Triangulum and with lyrical
contribution by himself as well as U.C., this is talking
about 'fucking trees' and 'nocturnal pimps' and if that,
spit within the same bars, sounds tempting to you, then
this is where it's at. "Triangulum
Freestyle" unfortunately is getting lost
somewhere behind the sound quality, as the beat is dope,
and with the voice alteration, this has some alien parasite
type feel. Dick Jones gets a phone call "Interlude",
before he offers his summer beat, only referred to as
This is almost too sane for the rest of the tape, but
the butterflies and pink pants are only a disguise for
another mutated monster to step forward, carrying a
rock in it's pawn.
What takes us to the
b-side, opened by "Stranger",
with a beat by Rase and lyrics by the female Neila.
This is not yet the promised monster, or better, still
the caterpillar and not the moth yet. However, it shows
a lotta teeth, and we're not talking about a smile here.
Showing his notch for
emotional music, "Samurai Jesus"
produced by Dick Jones, is another very dope instrumental
cut, completed with a Prince sample, as well as some
movie voice samples. The atmospheric strings carry this
like spread wings through a cloudless sky. Or something
like that. The next interlude "I'm
Sick" also belongs to Dick, before he provides
the beat to Luke Sick, to kick "Stuble".
Like an unforgiving sin, this is chased through hollow
caves, bats constantly ripping small pieces off our
skin. Then Rase is blessing us with two freestyles,
one being "Dumb Ass Freestyle"
and "Dumb Ass Freestyle 2".
The beats are somewhere unfinished and instantly broken,
strange structures of patchwork effects, while Rase
is showing and proving. Giving away this coasts origin,
Joe Dubbs' "What Got Us Here"
is carried by the same funk as the first Del album,
or some long lost Digital Underground cut. Dope to get
our groove on, still a canyon size break to the rest
of this tape. But not allowing this style to be the
last impression we have, Megabusive is giving Pilot
Rase and Smash Adams a beat on "A
Bunch Of Shit" for them to provide us
with rhymes, that will have us search for a mirror image,
cause we want any confirmation, that another face looks
equally puzzled as we are, as it goes on for many minutes.
Aight. This is not to
be taken lighthearted. It will burn an hole in your
unsuspecting innocence. Prepare slowly for being treated
to a trip. A trip of something not described. This is
dope, but it's fair to say, it's not for everyone.