2 RUDE FT PHARAOHE & SAUKRATES - INNOVATIONS
Label: Ill VibeS,
Prod : 2 Rude

Apparently Canadian, 2 Rude and Pharoahe met in Ny and decided to do something. Rude came up with the track and Pharoahe with the lyrics. When I heard this for the first time I didnt even know who else was on hear besides the Monche. But when I found it was by some cats from T dot O, I flipped. Saukrates also makes an appearance on hear and reps like he should. Pitty there's only one track on the 12er. You'd better get this one cause like Rakim said " it aint where yo from, its where you at"

KARDINAL OFFISHAL - ON WITH DA SHOW/ NAUGHTY DREAD II
Label: CAPITOL HILL, PROD: KARDINAL/ SAUKRATES


Not feeling that "on wit..", not at all. My moneys on "naughty dread II". You may remember the original that appeared on the Beatfactory compilation. Its a real bouncy type track where Kardinal's got that Jamaican accent going on. The remix is even better with its keyboard jabs and a verse by Saukrates, its a winner. Good shit from the country of the maple leaf.

SACRED HOOP - RETIRED EP (Miasmatic)

I confess - I dont know much about this group though I've read about them somewhere...cant remember now. While parts of it got a tad too weird ,even for me, there were some songs which I thought were all that. eg. you cant go wrong with "Bathtub Gin" which is nice but not in any standard way. Equally enticing is the Panhandle ft Jihad from Third Sight whom I know absolutely zilch about. A nice EP for underground fans, much of it will fly over the headz of those into mainstream standards like say: Busta Rhymes DMX and the like.