|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
|Known more for its downtempo instrumental releases, Mush embarks on seemingly new turf with this rich fourteen song compilation. Spearheaded by the eccentric wordsmith Doseone, Ropeladder 12 showcases some of hip-hop's most aberrant characters. In the process, both its musical and lyrical textures threaten to cause more orthodox listeners to lose their (hip-hop) religion. A downbeat subtext can be felt throughout, from Fat Jon's "Rain Dance" to Slug's "Want," with soundscapes being left as subtle backdrops so that the impeccable vocals might better soak through your headphones. A well deserving platform for the often overlooked brilliance of artists like Labtekwon, the pedestrian, So-Called Artists, and Doseone, Ropeladder 12 signifies that the future of hip-hop is here, and it ain't on Def Jam, my peoples. - Urb