Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
In the late 1990s, it's hip-hop that seems to blow up from local scenes to national attention on the basis of a couple of strong artists and an entrepreneurial label; witness the ascension of Eightball, Master P, and Jay-Z... more »
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In the late 1990s, it's hip-hop that seems to blow up from local scenes to national attention on the basis of a couple of strong artists and an entrepreneurial label; witness the ascension of Eightball, Master P, and Jay-Z. In may be in that spirit--though not the post-gangsta sound favored by those three--that Classic Elements was put together. And while the album is a showcase for a few genuine talents (Producer DJ Sayeed, Ghetto Children, and Source of Labor primary among them), the majority of the album features MCs that are not yet ready for prime time. It's a shame, because the production deserves far better, with Sayeed, Mathematic, and Brian Weber contributing some truly interesting backing tracks--funky, danceable, and as instrumentally adventurous as anything that Wu-Tang's RZA has done to date. --Randy Silver
A Great Representation of Seattle's Scene
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Aside from the second song, this entire CD shows how well Seattle can represent in the hip-hop scene. With artists like Ghetto Children, Black Anger, and Source of Labor (who are really starting to make a name for themselves), this CD shows how Seattle is producing some incredible forward-thinking, head-nodding hip-hop. If you want to tune in to some great underground music that will get you appreciating good musicianship and thoughtful lyrics, pick this up."