Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
As the home of Black Star and Company Flow, Rawkus has made a name for itself as the label for any late-1990s discerning hip-hop fan. But DJs have come to know Rawkus as the home of some of the underground's best singles--... more »
As the home of Black Star and Company Flow, Rawkus has made a name for itself as the label for any late-1990s discerning hip-hop fan. But DJs have come to know Rawkus as the home of some of the underground's best singles--tracks that were available only on vinyl until the label started the Soundbombing series. Soundbombing II opens with Beat Junkies J-Rocc and Babu working their magic on Eminem's "Any Man"--and while it's a strong track from the wack-minded MC, it's clear that the men behind the wheels of steel are hosting this party. That's not to imply that the MCs aren't doing their part--Mos Def is the best part of a great track on "B-Boy Document"; his partner in Black Star, Talib Kweli, busts out with his other crew, Reflection Eternal, and the sultry-voiced Bahamadia on "Chaos"; Medina Green displays a nice flow on "Crosstown Beef" (produced, incidentally, by De La Soul's Posdanuos); and Dilated Peoples drop their science over minimal backing on "Soundbombing." There's more (from Company Flow, Grand Puba, Sir Menelik, Common, and Sadat X, among others), and it's consistently interesting, if not consistently overwhelming. --Randy Silver
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RAWKUS AT IT'S FINEST...
Jon a.k.a. Dragon | A-town, GA, USA | 06/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once again, another fine mixtape courtesy of the late Rawkus Records (late because Kweli's the only artist still on). Before rap became permanently commercial, "Soundbombing vol. 2" was released at the highest point of the rap revivalist movement. DJ's J-Rocc and Babu aka the Bumrush Brothers seamlessly blend various 12" releases like they was born with it, also including the clever idea of putting an instrumental (featuring underground legends giving shout-outs) before the actual song, and scratch the mess out of it with other samples. Like any mixtape for the streets, there are no sweet tracks on this album. For the whole spin, this album is rough and rugged (giving you various images of stories and neighborhoods from New York to LA); beats are dusty to the break and the rhymes are top notch. The highlight tracks are the trancendent "1-9-9-9" with Common and Sadat X, July 4th celebration "Next Universe" with Mos Def, a mystic track "Chaos" with Reflection Eternal and Bahamadia, the caper "Crosstown Beef" with Mos' crew Medina Green, the short but gutter "Brooklyn Hard Rock" with Thirstin Howl III, and last but not least, the banger "Every Rhyme I Write" feat Smif-N-Wessun (aka Cocca Brovaz) and Shabaam Sadeeq. Further guest appearances are Grand Puba, Sir Menelik, Pharaohe Monch, Eminem, Skilz, Dialated Peoples, Tash, The High and Mighty, and Company Flow. If you claim you underground (I mean, below the subway underground), cop this. If you love hip-hop in its purest form, COP THIS!!!!!!!"
Just plain sick.
Benjamin S. Tam | Pleasanton, CA USA | 05/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man, if there was any kind of compilation album to get, this is it. They have the World Famous Beat Junkies on the Ones and two's doing a great job, man it felt as if you were listening to a mix show with great underground hip hop. Now the line up, great, if not better than the first ( which the first had an allstar lineup.) Having Eminem spit fire on Any Man over a dope beat was just sick, which was nice to see Slim Shady from his underground days before he put out the wack My Name is. Man, B-Boy document was just plain hot. A line up of Mos Def, Mad Skillz (or now known just as Skillz) team up with High and Mighty was nice. It was nice to see Pharoahe Monch on the mic on Mayor and WW III. Shabaam tore it up on Every Rhyme I Write and WWIII. I loved the Reflection Eternal songs, but since when did Reflection Eternal not come out with good songs. Common and Sadat X came correct on the mic on 1999. The only complaint I had was Diamond D. Man, the beat on When It Pours It Rains was just nice, but Diamond, quotes "The ice on my wrist makes the honey's eye's squint." Or " I want boats and planes, Ice ropes and chains" type of lines was just weird for a pioneer in hip hop to say. I guess his buddy and partner Fat Joe from Diggin in the Crates is getting to him. This same song is in Roc Raida's Crossfadaz cd, titled MC 2 which has the same verses as Soundbombing's but has John Doe trading the mic with Diamond in the Crossfadaz version. I wish they used that version because John Doe's verse was tight and definitely drowned out some of the wack lines Diamond put in. RA kind of turned me off with "We smackin B**ches by the hundreds." in Stanley Kubrick, but hey, that beat was just sick. Those were the only complaints with a strong album that ranges from artists like Eminem to Medina Green to Cocoa B's to the Mighty Mos. Beats are just plain nice, so it goes well with the Soundbombing title. All the lyrics are top notched, minus Ra and Diamond, but they are good mc's so I'm glad they are on this. This is a classic, so anybody that's a real hip hop fan, you need to have this."