Lateef the Truth Speaker - FireWire CD
|Recorded over four months in Oakland, Lateef the Truthspeaker's FireWire brings together some of the best producers in hip-hop on one album, including Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Dan the Automator, Somehow at Sea and Headnodic (Crown City Rockers, Mighty Underdogs). Bay Area stalwarts Lyrics Born, Del and The Grouch turn up as well, giving the album a congenial, familial feel.|
The son of two Black Panthers -- his mother was a roommate of famed activist Angela Davis -- Lateef was part of an anti-apartheid group at the age of 4; the same age he first hopped on a mic. After co-founding legendary hip-hop collective SoleSides (later renamed Quannum Projects) in the early 90s, Lateef became an integral component in the Bay Area hip- hop scene, co-founding Latyrx (with Lyrics Born), Lateef and the Chief (with Chief Xcel) and The Mighty Underdogs (with Headnodic and Gift of Gab) and collaborating with everyone from Z-Trip to Fatboy Slim. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Quannum / Solesides family.
FireWire stands as Lateef's most musically ambitious and diverse project to date; the musical equivalent of hip-hoppers, hipsters, dance heads, R&B lovers and unapologetic pop fans all doing shots at the same party.
|Production credits available so far for tracks 1 & 5 (Chief Xcel), 6 (Headnodic), 10 (Dan the Automator) and 11 (DJ Shadow).|
|1.||Let's Get Up|
|3.||Oakland (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien / The Grouch)|
|5.||We the People|
|7.||Hardship Enterprise (feat. Lyrics Born)|
|11.||Say What You Want|