SHABAZZ THE DISCIPLE INTRODUCING "GHETTO APOSTLES" FT FREESTYLE from the Arsonists, BLESS AND POETIC from Gravediggaz
GOD'S WORK RECORDINGS, PROD: BABY J



Those who thought Shabazz was gone, since his release from Penalty, had better take notice. He's far from done in this hip hop world. On his new slice of plastic the disciple enlists the support of able soldiers i.e. Grymm Reaper from Gravediggaz, the inspired guest lyricist Freestyle from the Arsonists (Bazz's cousin) and unknown (well to me anyway) Bless. Check the title for what the lyrical content is about, what else would you expect from Shabazz? The track is lovely, with that shoalin sound, but way better than anything RZA's understudies have come with. Never heard of this kid Baby J before but homeboy cooks a mean track. Its the arangement of the drum track thats crazy, with its extra snares that pop in & out, and then theres that ill distorted bassline that overuns evrything, even the snares drop out everytime that bass comes in. You also get the piano sample in there, hey I said it sounded like a shoalin track. These guys work so well together that I'd be very surprized if they dont hook up again. The way they switch up keeps the cut lively from alpha to omega. Ghetto Apostles is off the hook.

THE MOUNTAIN BROTHERS - GALAXIES/ADVENTURES/ADVENTURES RMX
BUTCHER PRODUCTIONS, PROD: CHOPS MAGNIFICENT

I've been trying to get hold of this triumverate for about 2 years now. This new single serves as a great introduction to the world of MB. Its nothing short of brilliant. I nearly died when I heard the cut Galaxies. Its just stupendusly obese... so mellow and jazzy, musically reminding me of A Tribe Called Quest. This is that feel good vibe I'd pump in my ride on a hot summer day ( if I had a ride). Chops, Peril-L (also see parallel) and Styles make up this ill outfit who could have signed twice before. Obviously they must have a good reason for this and it doesnt seem to have affected their ability to produce astounding hip hop. Lyrically these guys hold it down with references to the shady game of the industry and their experiences with it. Galaxies is justifyably subtitled the next level. Adventures is a fun track about ficticious characters, average Joe, cosmic Pimp and the magnificent Butcher. Like a comicbook adventure with the MBz as the heroes. The music is produced via electronic instruments to cultivate truly organic hip hop. Feel this shit.