Label: Matador - OLE 862 2P • Format: 3x, CD Compilation, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Rock •
Despite having too many fucking instrumentals and being on some corny "save the music" tip, the first Funky Precedent record Despite having too many fucking instrumentals and being on some corny "save the music" tip, the first Funky Precedent record was dope as hell. The best track Jurassic 5's ever done, Dilated People's still-amazing "Triple Optics," a shockingly enjoyable Ugly Duckling Maybe Not - Various - Matador Music - Volume Twoand solid shit from Divine Styler, Acey, and Abstract Rude made for the greatest-ever underground comp out of L.
A that didn't rock the Beat Junkies logo on the cover. So now it's all out with the second volume. The charity-jocking No Mayo label has sold out to Matador, inexplicably replacing all the big names of the first compilation with some mostly unheard-of cats they're hoping will blow up and make this move more units than Nelly all for the schools! Here's your track-by-track:.
Skhool Yard: "Here We Come" - Better than it had to be, although these guys really shouldn't have let Protest out from behind the boards. Why do all new MCs sound like Planet Asia? Is it Sometro - State Of Grace - Sometimes - More he's just so nice?
Rasco: "Uncut" - It's not another "Unassisted" what is? DJ Logic, hold ya dome. Azeem: "Contradictions" - Motherfuck Green Day, why do all the poetically inclined MCs always listen to worst white-people music? That said, the production on this isn't bad and the lyrics are passable. I like that tropic of cancer bit. The pre-teen "steal shit" lyrics are cuter than Kris Kross and the beat makes me jump up and down. I like it. Eye Joe Root Band - Do What You Wanna Do and Rashinel: "Clear the Slate" - Mediocre until the beat changes up halfway through and then it's boom-bap brassy goodness like a nasty Pete Rock track.
Anticon: "Pity Party People" - Formula for massively pleasurable yet ultimately forgettable Anticon posse cut: put some De La on the intro, grab a shimmery loop out of big Anticon bag of circular guitar samples, have no mic skills, be white as fuck. And it's beautiful!
DJ Vinroc: "3thahardway" - Very possibly the least interesting scratch track to come out the bay area since "Drop the Weight," and that's saying something. It's hard to make jazz licks propel Encore's flow instead of riding under it, but somehow it works.
Kemetic Suns: "We a Warrior" - Promising opening lines about bucking down demons and vampires, but what a drab chorus.
Silly suckas. I bet this would sound nice on an O-Dub tape. Tinkly keys and loping cello sound like the beats Mathematics gave GZA for that last album.
Not bad, not bad at all. So there you go. It won't get much love up in the clubs but Pick A Bale Of Cotton - Rasta Family - Ska & Reggae Island a few cuts worth your half-hearted spin.
It won't "plant the seeds for educating the next generation musically" like Erick Arnold says in the self-important liner Maybe Not - Various - Matador Music - Volume Two , bigging-up the rap game like the poor man's Chuck D.
But we can leave that responsibility safe with ODB, can't we? Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open share drawer. Here's your track-by-track: Skhool Yard: "Here We Come" - Better than it had to be, although these guys really shouldn't have let Protest out from behind the boards.
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