Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|The Beat Junkies|
The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 2
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Though they may lack the flash of turntablist crews such as the X-ecutioners and Invisibl Skratch Piklz, L.A.'s largely nebulous Beat Junkies DJ collective (the 1997 International Turntable Federation champions) are truly ... more »
Though they may lack the flash of turntablist crews such as the X-ecutioners and Invisibl Skratch Piklz, L.A.'s largely nebulous Beat Junkies DJ collective (the 1997 International Turntable Federation champions) are truly a force to be reckoned with. This two-disc mix mainly highlights the cutting and spinning of original crew member Rhettmatic, though fellow Junkies Melo-D, Babu, and J-Rocc make key cameos as well. While Volume 2 lacks the marquee rap hit makers and that higher-profile mix tapes offer, it more than makes up for any star-power deficiencies with a one-two punch of topnotch mixing and an excellent cast of indie rappers (including the Visionaries and Jurassic 5). Closer to an all-new release than an all-star compilation, the set is guaranteed to turn you on to a handful of undiscovered talents, both MC and DJ. And for a mix tape, that's the ultimate accomplishment. --Roni Sarig
hojo | Glendale, AZ | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After abandoning commercial rap/hiphop in 1995, I started to make my own compilations of the hiphop/rap I could stand. With the popularity of Funkmaster Flex and the release of a new CD by Kid Koala, turntablism and freestyle hiphop are here to stay. DJ Rhettmatic from the Beat Junkies take us on a trip through turntablism, underground rap, and freestyle rhyming. To those looking for an album with "anthems" you will remember, look elsewhere. Freestyle is all about improvising and battling. Every track is seemlessly mixed together. It's amazing this album is sold so cheaply as it could easily be packaged into two separate compact discs. Get this CD anyway you can if you have an open mind to different forms of hiphop (vs commercial hiphop/rap) or happen to like the flavor of underground east coast hiphop/freestyle with a touch of turntablism. Keep up the good work Beat Junkies, you have brought me back to the world of hiphop(I was on a 5 year electronic music vacation...:P)"
hojo | 07/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm somewhat confused by the amazon review in that the assumption is that this should be a mixtape of "big name" label artists--particularly as a follow-up to Volume 1 which also showcased undergound acts. Though some of the Beat Junkies work in the radio and club scene, I've always assumed them to have their roots deep within the underground. And as far as underground hip hop goes, you can't get much better than the songs collected in this mix. Almost every underground mc worth mentioning pops up somewhere on this album. My personal favorites are the Dilated Peoples joint "Work the Angles," "3 Card Molly" with Xzibit, Rass Kass, and Saafir, as well as the two badass capstone tracks, "U Call Dis A Song?" and "All Star Line Up" with too many underground mc's to name."
On some other ...like two different flies.......
Barry Gleed | United Kingdom | 06/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is deffinately one of the better compilation albums out there in the world of the hippin and the hoppin. Not only are 95 percent of the tracks and exclusives, freestyles and so on very very good on there own, there is the added element of the turntable wizardry that the junkies are the epitomy of. Very nicely mixed, the tracks are very nicely juggled and scratched, in old funkmaster flex stlye, and the beat junkies pieces are pure tablism. This album will pull everyone who listens too it into the world of "real" hip-hop and the world of turntablism."