The Mighty Underdogs - Droppin' Science Fiction CD
|From Definitive Jux comes the long-awaited first full-length release by the new super group comprising Gift of Gab, Lateef The Truth Speaker and Headnodic of Crown City Rockers for Droppin' Science Fiction, a follow up the Prelude EP! EL-P's vision has now become a fully functioning independent music label, continuing to demand respect as the first decade of the century comes to a close, they've begun far-reaching the standards of what we've come to know and are no longer exclusive to Def Jux alumni! Featuring an all-star line up of guests including DJ Shadow, Julian and Damian Marley, MF Doom, Casual, Mr. Lif , Akrobatik, Chali 2na, Raashan Ahmad, Tash, Zion and Lyrics Born! Not so much futuristic as the title might suggest as it was experimental, but the overall upbeat feel fit perfectly with everything involved, from Headnodic's production to the brilliant wordplay and exchanges between Gift of Gab and Lateef! H-E-A-T! |
Open copy barely played (in our store). Near mint apart from a tiny clean punch hole through the barcode.
|2.||Hands in the Air|
|3.||So Sad (feat. Julian Marley / Damian Marley)|
|4.||Gun Fight (feat. MF Doom)|
|5.||ILL Vacation (feat. Lyrics Born)|
|7.||Laughing at You (feat. Casual)|
|8.||Escape (feat. Mr. Lif / Akrobatik)|
|11.||UFC Remix (feat. DJ Shadow)|
|12.||Want You Back|
|14.||WarWalk (feat. Chali 2na / Raashan Ahmad / Tash / Zion)|
Supergroup Superiority (4.5 stars)
, January 2, 2009
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The Mighty Underdogs are indeed a mighty supergroup comprised of Quannum/Solesides members Lateef "The Truth Speaker" (Latyrx, Maroons), The Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious), and the extremely versatile Headnodic (Crown City Rockers). Each member is beyond respected, if not revered as some of the best artists in the game today. Gift Of Gab & Lateef are simply a couple of the flyest spitters hip-hop has seen in some time. They truly pack a punch of "natural" rhyming talent that is sorely missing from the game today. Headnodic is one of the more accomplished and talented producers I've come to discover in the passing year. He doesn't just create beats, he creates soundscapes. He writes the music, and he plays nearly all of the instruments on this record, which is a TON. It really gives the album a unique and organic feel unlike most hip-hop albums dropping nowadays.
Skip material? Honestly, after spinning this album a solid 10 times, I'm not really finding any. After the two excellent openers "Monster" and "Hands In The Air", they dive into a line of excellent guests. "So Sad" features Julian & Damian Marley. Headnodic brings the best out of them. The previously released single "Gunfight" from their debut EP "The Prelude" features MF Doom at his best in the passing year, even if he is still trumped by Gift Of Gab's flows in the end. "ILL Vacation" features the perfectly annunciated tongue twisting flows from Lyrics Born - a classic Quannum posse cut. And to give you an idea of how much Headnodic is actually doing here, here's what he plays on this track - "Upright bass, Ukulele, Glockenspiel, Tamborine, Surdo, Woodblock, Shakers, Brushes, I think maybe a Broom?, Chimes, & Cowbell". The cut "Science Fiction" lends some suitable production over some of the dopest flows here. "Laughing At You" features Casual from Hieroglyphics, and the production is basically samples of laughter and beat-boxing. Really dope cut here. "Escape" features a nice chorus and production over the power duo Mr. Lif & Akrobatik. "Folks" may be the best here. Loving the chorus and hook here. Lateef's flow is alluring as can be. "UFC Remix" is a dope cut featuring DJ Shadow, though I actually enjoy the original from "The Prelude" more. "WarWalk" is a killer posse cut, and perhaps my favorite cut here. The emcees featured here are Chali 2Na (Jurassic 5), Raashan Ahmad (Crown City Rockers), Tash (Tha Alkaholiks), and Zion (Zion I).
Overall, there isn't much one can complain about with this "super" effort, as it delivers in all aspects very nicely. It's undeniable that these three artists create a fiery blend of ill chemistry. One can only hope they will deliver more offerings as great as this.