SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
DJ Format – Ill Culinary Behaviour (Genuine)
As you’ve probably guessed from the title, this track features a “kitchen” theme of sorts. Over a rather dull track produced by Format, Abdominal drops similarly dull lyrics. The overall outcome is saved a little by the funky Lord Finesse scratched refrain. A nice idea but lacking a special ingredient or two that would have made it a truly “hot dish”. On the flipside you get a bongo-laced instrumental, which features an incredibly funky guitar bassline. Overall though, there’s nothing here worth ordering from the menu.
RATING: 5 / 10

ARTICLE – Across the divide: Why El-P is splitting Hiphop

Across the divide: Why El-P is splitting Hiphop

Its the debate which gathered momentum last year, and at present time is reaching fever pitch between the contributors and readers of this site, and the general Hiphop public at large…

Cannibal Ox – “The Cold Vein”… the best rap album released in years, or the most horrific sound that underground Hiphop has spat out since God knows when?

ARTICLE: New Year, new start

New year, new start (By Truplaya611)

Even though this is late (real late), Happy New Year to all Altrap.com readers. So can we expect some major drama to go down this year in Hip-Hop? I say yeah, its bound to happen regardless of what anyone says. Someone always steps somewhere they shouldn’t have and that’s where the tension starts (There’s already a continuation of some beef right now). The art of “sampling”, some call it the foundation of creating music, specifically beats. Aight, maybe so, but lets try to be more original here.

SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
Dilated Peoples – Worst Comes To Worst (Capitol)
Y’all know the deal with this already I’m sure. Long released in the US, this is only now getting its UK release, so expect UK airwaves to be filled with the William Bell sample and Mobb Deep scratched chorus of this certified banger. Bonus on here though is a remix featuring a twist on the same sample, but with added verses from Guru and Havoc. I still prefer the original a little more, but its a nice touch. You also get a dark-ass ‘Expansion Team Theme’ remix by the Creators. US heads can only drool over this…
RATING: 9.5 / 10