|MH-401 Various Artists - Ropeladder 12
Cancel your piano lessons and sell off the livestock. It's a partial preview of the onslaught of full-length releases to come forward from the Mush generator, a spirited gathering of the most prolific underground artists in hip-hop. If some of the names are not yet familiar, this is your wake-up call. Spanning the completely experimental to the sound classic, Ropeladder 12 assembles the most hungry and talented artists of our generation. From bare bones beats to orchestral soundtracks, the music is of its own kind and standard. From meticulous rhyme to boisterous free-verse, the poetry is irreplaceable. Over thirty contributing artists share with Mush, their most unforgettable works.
|This is the year’s best compilation to date. 5/5 - Revolver / Strange, beautiful, and stunning. Record of the month. 5/5 - Muzik / Signifies that the future of hip-hop is here, and it ain’t on Def Jam, my peoples - Urb
|The first comp from the abstract jazz label Mush shows that the new sound of hip-hop is taking form, and from the depths of the madstract, we get a preview of what is to come in the two-double-o. Orchestrated jazz rudiments accompanied by intelligent prose and rhymes give this package a unique feeling that conjures up a very specific mood deep in the soul. If you are new to the lineup on this compilation, take notes; these artists are steering the course for the business into the new millennium. Doseone, Boom Bip, Dj Osiris, So-Called Artists, Jel, and Lulu Mushi are just a few of the thirty contributing artists. Get on with the new and don't look back; it seems none of these artists have. - XLR8R