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

Funky DL – Hit Me (Washington Classics)
Funky DL returns with another outing on his own WC imprint. Built around a Real Roxanne sample, and a catchy jazz piano, it provides simple but effective platform for DL to drop some lyrics. He could never be accused of having an intricate style, preferring instead to concentrate on simply rocking the mic. This means that a lot of the rhymes are pretty generic, but enjoyable nonetheless. The flipside ‘Prediction’ is a rallying call to acknowledge genuine UK talent, over a set of horns that sound like they’d be at home during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Dope chicken burger line though.
RATING: 7 / 10

People Under The Stairs – Jappy Jap (Om Records)
PUTS are often lumped into the same category as Jurassic 5 and Ugly Duckling – alternative west coast acts who offer a change from the the normal G-funk scene that permeates that coast. A fair statement but one that often results in groups like this being overlooked for the new Snoop and Dre cut. And thats a shame because this is a blinding slice of Hiphop featuring the funkiest bass guitar and some fantastic work on the 1’s and 2’s by Thes One and Double K. A homage of sorts to Boyz-N-The-Hood, is paid on ‘i15’, which again features another funky bassline, while ‘Hang Loose’ is an old school tribute which brings a smile to the face with its fun lyrics and summery feel. Guess what provides the bassline again here though. I need to know where the guys are digging for samples!
RATING: 8 / 10

Tah Phrum Duh Bush – Middle Finga (Push In The Bush Records)
Flatbush native Tah represents with ‘Middle Finga’, a strangely hynoptic cut due to its harmonica-influenced samples, and its simple but effective chorus. Coming off vocally like a cross between Fat Joe and DMX, but with a ton more skills, Tah impressed me a lot with this, his debut released. The B-side ‘Blown Owt’ is a fast paced cut with a dark, brooding bassline, which gives Tah a chance to flip some genuinely impressive battle lyrics. Worth keeping an eye on.
RATING: 6.5 / 10

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