Verbals by A to the L
Defined Print – Rhymes Connect (DP)
Washington DC duo Stylus Chris and Jihad certainly impress with this, their debut self-released single. ‘Rhymes Connect’ sparkles not only because of the energy each emcee brings to the track, but because the whole joint has a unique style that bridges the gap between modern Hiphop and old school throwback vibes. Constructed around a wavering choral loop, and two-keyed guitar stabs, its both simple and addictive – props have to be given to DJ Dirty Handz for his expert cutting up of Run DMC’s “King Of Rock” on the chorus too. Two other tracks are included on here – ‘My Library’ which features Stylus Chris going for dolo over jazzy basslines and buttery organ keys in a rallying call against the jiggy Hiphop that increasingly saturates the ariwaves; and the more hardcore ‘Prep-A-Nation’ where Jihad and Stylus catch wreck over a heavy kick-snare combo and some smoothly understated strings. Part of the Depth Charge / Team Demolition stable, Defined Print are definitely in this for the long run, backing up their own love for Hiphop with the successful operation of “DJ Hut”, their own record store in DC. Such hard work and dedication deserves to pay off, and this is something you should check out.
RATING: 8 / 10

Beenie Man feat. Janet – Feel It Boy (Virgin)
Hmmm… you’re bound to have heard this already – its blowing up radio and video both in the US and the UK, and now it finally gets it’s release. Beenie Man links up with Janet (so famous she can now drop the Jackson) over trademark Neptunes beats to create probably the last big club joint of the summer. Bubbly, breezy, bouncy, electronic, generic, repetitive, bangin’, off the hook, absolute drivel… depending on your opinions on Neptunes beats your description of this track is is probably somewhere in that list. Its gonna bang in clubs, but ultimately its not gonna be something you’re gonna keep coming back to. No doubt it’ll appear on “Summer 2002” mixtapes everywhere to keep it alive for a little longer. Its a little TOO nice to suffer in large doses, but listen in moderation and remember to brush your teeth afterwards (to get rid of all that sugar!) and you should be straight.
RATING: 7 / 10

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