|MH-207 Labtekwon - Song Of The Sovereign
Mush, in conjunction with Ankh Ba Records, has collected seventeen tracks from Labtekwon's extensive catalog for the career retrospective, Song Of The Sovereign. From his debut, Ghetto Gospel through The Future's Now... What's Next, Da Dawn, Da Helpless Won, Balti-Moorish Science, and Nile Child, to his lo-fi live recording Proverbs of Passion, and his most recent full-length, The Last Emcee/The Art of Love, Labtek's releases have been as innovative as they are impossible to find. Effortlessly shifting styles and content, running from hundreds-of-words-in-a-breath stream-of-consciousness channeling to take-no-prisoner battle raps, Song Of The Sovereign is the perfect introduction to one of the underground's most respected and influential emcees.
|An impressive album from an MC whose time has come. - Vibe / Labtekwon is the revitalization of Brand Nubian, KRS-One, and A Tribe Called Quest all in one. - Ghetto Blaster / The most unjustly slept-on rapper in underground hip-hop - CMJ / This is a great collection - Mixer / Raises the rhyme bar with brain-expanding efficiency - Pulse
|Though this Baltimore rapper has issued more than a dozen indie albums since 1993, he has found refuge only in obscure rap circles. Mush compiles his best work into a proper release, giving his magnanimous rhymes on community and love an appropriate venue. Deliberately sparse beats - usually just a dubby bass line, kick drum, and horn stab - are the perfect foil for Labtekwon as he flips between old-school lunchroom rapping ("My Crew") and chain-gang blues harmonizing ("ATEN (The God Is Love)"). This is an impressive album from an MC whose time has come. - Vibe