Artist: DJ Concept
Album: The Takeover Mixtape
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Reviewer: A to the L
Another month, another mixtape. This one comes courtesy of DJ Concept, one half of the Crisis Center Productions duo who’s “Volume 1” EP received a very strong review from my good self earlier this year. With a title like “The Takeover” you’d be forgiven for thinking that this would be a stroll through the assorted hits from Jay-Z and friends… Concept begs to differ – compiling a list of mainly underground tracks with a few more familiar names thrown into the mix from time to time.
What better way to start off a mixtape than with an introduction? Concept certainly does this, dropping ‘The Hurt’. from Crisis Center’s own EP. From there its one banger after another. A remix of the MOP / X-ecutioner track ‘Let Em Bang’ segues smoothly into the High & Mighty’s ‘Artillery’, and all thoughts of selections from “The Blueprint” are put to bed.
As I’ve said in other reviews, the choice of tracks on a mixtape is paramount. If it’s a club-oriented tape then it HAS to have the phattest bangin’-est joints out at that time. Alternatively if its a tape aimed at hardcore heads, the beats have to thump throughout. Concept’s choice of cuts therefore has to get major daps, as he’s managed to find the balance between filling the tape with unknown or lesser known emcees, and saturating it with “famous” names who are ten-a-penny on everyone else’s shit too.
So where you’ll find the already mentioned big-hitters like MOP, and Ghostface & Raekwon (although with the still-relatively unknown ‘WTC Part 2’ track), and freestyles over beats from Jermaine Dupri and Nas, you’ll also be able to check out some of the hottest cats on the underground scene at the moment – cats like Al Shid (‘Ig’nant’), K Banger (‘Eastern Renaissance’), and another altrap.com top tip, Mike Control (‘Brooklyn Ill Spitters’) all sit comfortably amongst the big names.
Its also good to see the presence of emcees like Louis Logic (the amazing ‘Postal’ track and the similarly dope ‘Street Smartz’), Sev Statik (‘Sev Statik’), and Phil The Agony (‘Watch Out’) – emcees who have become a little more well known, but are still yet to really break into the mainstream eye.
All in all, a great juggling act by Concept – a good advert for his DJ skills, a good advert for underground Hiphop, and a good advert for the whole Crisis Center Productions operation. Good work fellas!