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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
As a member of the X-Ecutioners, Rob Swift has made a name for himself as a particularly progressive turntablist. Embracing his technique as a vehicle for expression like any other artist, Swift solidifies this bold vision... more »
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As a member of the X-Ecutioners, Rob Swift has made a name for himself as a particularly progressive turntablist. Embracing his technique as a vehicle for expression like any other artist, Swift solidifies this bold vision on his solo debut, The Ablist. Exhibiting a jazzy, freestyle DJ aesthetic with roots in rap, hip-hop, and urban soul, Swift produces a unified sound emphasizing his turntable skills without ever abandoning the premise of actual song form. Swift scratches and spins his way though 13 stimulating compositions, enlisting the aid of rappers, singers, and other instrumentalists. While this recording maintains many of the old turntable traditions, The Ablist also points the way toward viewing this DJ as a thoroughly modern musician. --Mitch Myers
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All this scratchin's makin me rich
kevn23 | Green Bay, WI USA | 01/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A really good album of progressive hip-hop. Not only does it got great DJ'ing but the MC'ing is pretty good too. This is not the best album ever made, but I bought it and I listen to it reguarly. I especially dig his ability to experiment, like the turntable vs. keyboard deal. It's just too bad the DJ'ing on that song wasn't a tad better in some parts. Great concept, and works part of the song, but on some parts the beats don't seem to really flow right... All in all though, this is one of the better hip-hop albums I own and I highly recommend it to fans of underground hip-hop. I can't wait to hear more from him."
A good offering from a master turntablist
joe_momma | 01/12/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rob Swift, DJ extraodinare from the X-ecutioners, gives us the latest in turntablism. Even though I was expecting more instrumentals, I wasn't really disappointed since the MCs that come show up go well with Mr. Swifts tight production skills- speaking of which, the MC best track, in my opinion is "I'm Leaving", which has one of the dopest guitar loop I've ever heard ( which perfectly compliments the somewhat melancholy subject of leaving your girl ), too bad it's only two and some odd minutes long. Other highlights are "all that scratching is making me rich", which is him on the ones and twos and various others on drums, guitar, and horns, each instrument taking turns over the scratches that Rob Swift deftly manipulates. All in all, a good solid offering of the DJing aspect of hip-hop."
The Ablist Instrumentalist
joe_momma | 05/05/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is hip hop in its purest and most engaging form. Killer innovation and technique mixed with funky rhythms, rhymes, and chicanery. This is turnabalisism and Rob Swift is one of the most musical DJs out there."