ARTICLE: First quarter report 2002

First quarter report 2002 (By DAP)

And DAP Says…
“The Column’s Still Free But I Still Need Money, Oh Yeah!!!!”

“Cause the whole, world, loves it when you don’t get down
And the whole, world, loves it when you make that sound
And the whole, world, loves it when you’re in the news
And the whole, world, loves it when you sang the blues”
OutKast – “The Whole World”

INTERVIEW: Jehst

Jehst Interview (by DJ Moneyshot)

Jehst

Currently one of the UK’s hottest underground rhyming talents, Jehst is riding a wave of success at the moment following the recent release of his “Return Of The Drifter” EP, and his appearances on the new Low Life “Food” compilation. Peep it as the talented rapper slash producer chops it up for a second with DJ Moneyshot about his inspirations, his label and Shakespeare.

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

SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
Crisis Center Productions – Volume 1 (Crisis Center)
A three track 12″ containing dirty and clean mixes of ‘The Hurt’, ‘Trick Photography’ and ‘All I Hear Is’. ‘The Hurt’ is a fast paced headtrip, as Undefined rips the microphone up over a neck-snapping beat by DJ Concept. The little Mad Skillz samples only add to the fun. ‘Trick Photography’ is uncannily Dr Dre-ish, right down to the sing-song chorus, while ‘All I Hear Is’ is a rant on the bullshit commercialism plaguing Hiphop today. This latter cut really impresses, as Undefined is joined by Dase and Maximillian Steele to condemn the bling-bling culture. The emcees are hardcore, the beat is hardcore, the cuts by Concept are dope… what more do you want? If this is the standard of things to come, then look for Crisis Center to blowup soon.
RATING: 8 / 10