|Cassette tape includes two non-LP bonus tracks ''Heavenly Spit'' & ''Robot on Ya''.|
Sach was one half of hip hop duo The Nonce. Essential is a ''best of'' compilation serving as a reintroduction to a new generation.
While G-funk dominated hip-hop airwaves through the 1990s, the pulse of underground rap was maintained at the Good Life Cafe, an open-mic workshop at the corner of Crenshaw & Exposition in Los Angeles. After Freestyle Fellowship became the first Good Life group to invade the national consciousness in 1991, a young duo called THE NONCE were their heirs apparent, seemingly primed for a breakthrough. Composed of Leimert Park natives Lance ''Nouka Basetype / Sach'' Caldwell and Yusef ''Afloat'' Muhammad, The Nonce had already been rapping and recording together for years prior to releasing ''World Ultimate'' in 1995.
An early single called ''Mix Tapes'' emerged from the ''World Ultimate'' sessions. With its dense percussion, rolling bass, spare horn samples and deft turntable scratches, it's emblematic of their sound and a bonafide west coast classic.
After ''World Ultimate'', Sach and Yusef intended to push their musical boundaries even further. Unfortunately for Yusef Afloat, the journey ended at age 28. In 2000 his body was found beside the 110-Freeway.
In the years since Sach has maintained a prolific solo career, self-releasing nearly a dozen projects ranging from LPs to collaborations and instrumental tapes.
ESSENTIAL is a remastered twelve-track ''Best of SACH'' compilation album, serving as a re-introduction of Sach to a new generation of hip-hop lovers, producers, beat makers & emcees. This extraordinary musical document comes complete with cover artwork courtesy of Augustine Kofie, the legendary photography of Eric Coleman, plus illustrative and informative liner notes by luminary Carlos Nino.