Radioactive and Beyond
My mind won't allow me to not be curious
My folk don't understand so they don't take it serious
Music to peep this weekend...
Lupe Fiasco "Kick Push"- Yes, a rapper with a song about skateboarding. Pretty smooth and original too.
Busta Rymes "The Big Bang"- Busta's forray into Aftermath. I heard a hot joint with Q-Tip and a couple waaaack joints too. Worth checking out.
Murs and 9th Wonder "Murray's Revenge"- West Coast MC teams up with a member of Little Brother. The result is a way hot left-coast sounding underground CD.
Quasimoto "The Further Adventures..."- Producer Madlib's alter-ego takes on a trip, as in a real trip. A host of guest appearances make this a must have for backpackers and real hip-hoppers.
Lloyd Banks "Cake"- You may be G-Unit or G-Unot, but Banks is the most talented MC in the click.
Mr Lif "Mo' Mega"- The Boston MC is Def Jux's latest release. I havent heard any of this joint yet, but am gonna cop it ASAP. With El-P on producto, it's gotta be hittin.
CLASSIC MATERIAL: Downtown Science (1991)...
The day I bought Downtown Science’s “Radioactive” CD in 1991 I also bought an all-time classic banger along with it. That other CD helped change hip-hop while a group like DS was promptly forgotten before their time. Downtown Science’s work seemed to be on the edge of the hip-hop realm when released late in the summer of 1991. That same year you had pop groups like KLF and EMF releasing poppy-synth dance tunes, and Downtown Science seemed to mimic the sound. Their beats, laid down by Sam Sever of 3rd Bass fame, reached for an outer-space, futuristic vibe. The slowed down “Room to Breathe” was a leveled effort which Sever’s music and MC Bosco Money’s breezy flow meshed to give the listener a respite from the hardcore acts of the day. The CD’s highlight was definitely the title track, with a light guitar riff ever-present, Money effortlessly spitting and a robotic hook. Other joints on the album captured a bit of the 1991 sound (“Keep It On”, “Down to a Science”,) but for the most part, Sever harnesses a unique cache of a rough symphonic music (“Delta Sigma”) that hip-hop wouldn’t hear for years. In fact, Downtown Science seemingly would’ve fit better into the underground sound of 2000 and beyond rather than stuffed into the changing rap scene of 91. The other CD I copped that day? Cypress Hill’s self titled debut joint, a top 10 joint for all ages. It’s easy to see why Downtown Science’s only release, a brilliant opus in the proper context, would be highly slept on by the fickle hip-hop audience.
Bosco Money aks Busy Bos website
Downtown Science at Amazon
Labels: Hip Hop