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Friday, December 19, 2008
DJ House Shoes: The King James Version
By The Funkadelic Relic
"Sick" and "ill" are words that immediately come to mind when I took the time to listen to House Shoes Presents: King James Version. Big shout out to House Shoes for blessing me with the advance press version. I will definitely have him and his family and the entire 313 Hip Hop Community in my prayers wishing them nothing but peace and prosperity for the holidays and beyond.
The new album is a tribute to House Shoes' friend and fellow beat digger J. Dilla and all of the tracks were taken from original vinyl. When I listened to the breaks and sounds that were used on the album which was mixed and arranged by House Shoes and recorded by LA's Rhettmatic of the Legendary Beat Junkies I could envision this album as a soundtrack to a day of diggin' in the crates with Shoes and Jay Dee and what they would do during that day. Dig in the crates, find breaks and chop beats and make original fresh music.
The music is what drives House Shoes. Not the music industry. The industry is something he really doesn't want to be a part of and who can blame him? Most hardcore Hip Hop Head are of the opinion that the music industry sucks and always has. Radio, retail and mainstream media really don't know what Hip Hop Culture is all about and they certainly don't respect it.
Make sure that if you really want to experience what Detroit Hip Hop is all about and if you are already a fan of Shoes you're going to be right there when this joint drops on Christmas Day with your debit card in hand in front of your PC, laptop or whatever to get it in your iPod as soon as it is available. I couldn't think of a better holiday gift for any true fan.
Critical Praise for TRONIC: "TRONIC could very well be the best end-to-end production job you've heard all year…He practically lives inside the beats." -
"TRONIC takes Black Milk's sound and rhyming ability to levels that now appear limitless. This is an early entry for any of the multitudes of album of the year lists soon to appear." - Okayplayer.com
"No longer human, he's a creature of sovereign instinct with synthesizers, samplers, and conductor's wands for limbs. This is what RZA wishes new RZA sounded like." - CokeMachineGlow.com
"With the near year on the horizon, it could be safe to say that TRONIC will be on the best-of-list when looking back at the albums released in 2008. You want my advice? Get this album and turn the volume up loud, but before that make sure you have a neck brace" - Vapors Magazine
As 2008 comes to a close, Black Milk, the incredibly raw and innovative producer/emcee from Detroit, is making the rounds on Best Of Year Lists with his unstoppable album TRONIC. On the latest single "Bounce," Black Milk takes us deep into the center of his futuristic production factory with a Knight Rider-like bass line layered with waves of swelling keys.
Directions for listening: Press play and let your natural inclination to bounce take over.
Bonus: Colin Munroe, the YouTube darling and Dallas Austin protégé, has joined forces with Black Milk on his latest mixtape The Unsung Hero. Check out both Black's production and lyrical fire on these two tracks from the mixtape.
In only a few short years, Black Milk has quickly become one of underground hip-hop's foremost ambassadors. Realizing his vast reservoir of talent, both independent and mainstream artists looked to Black to give their albums a raw underground sound. Black has since produced and appeared on tracks for an impressive roster of hip hop artists including Genius/GZA, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz in the Hall, Kardinal Offishall, Guilty Simpson, and Strange Fruit Project, among others. Most recently, Black released two albums, The Set Up with Fat Ray and Black Milk Presents Caltroit with Bishop Lamont. Black also handed nearly all the production on elZhi's The Preface, an album that is making many critics' Top 10 lists for 2008 and bringing serious attention to Detroit's music scene. Black also produces and rhymes as a member of the ground Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and will release a full-length album in early 2009. TRONIC is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally EVERYWHERE!
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