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X-ecutioners - Built From Scratch - Cd
Built From Scratch is the follow-up to the X-Ecutioners' revolutionary debut LP which back in 1997 re-established the role of the DJ in contemporary hip-hop. The trio reinforced their status as some of the world's best turntablists, and also as erudite producers in their own right. It's been five years since that project hit the streets, but their long awaited follow up is well worth the wait. It's bigger, badder and even more technically on point than it's predecessor, weighing in at twenty tracks, all intricately constructed from scratches, skits, beat-juggles, flares and fades, cuts, pitch-plays, studio trickery and live drums and guitar (played by the DJ's).
MC performances come courtesy of MOP, Kool G Rap, Large Professor and Pharoahe Monch and there are DJ collabs with Premier, Dan The Automator, the Beat Junkies and Triple Threat, as well as an unlikely but successful pairing with Mike Shinoda and Mr Hahn of Linkin Park fame.
It's a quality document, with old and nu skool references liberally scattered throughout (check the updates of Marley Marl's "Marley Scratch", Whiz Kid's "Play That Beat Mr DJ" and Tom Tom Clubs "Genius Of Love"), guitar-driven headbangers like "Let It Bang" and retro-electro like "Feel The Bass". A must. --Paul Sullivan
Top Customer Reviews
on the whole, it is quite a diverse album, and not what alot of people will expect. the turntablist tracks (demonstrating the ability to scratch better than most and beat juggle exceptionally well) are definately the stand-out tracks for the "hardcore" scratch fans out there, but will most likely sound like album fillers to most of those who'll by this cd. i, as huge fan of the turntablist movement, definately recommend it.
The reason I bought this was for the excellent, It's Goin' Down featuring Mike Shinoda & Joe Hahn from Linkin Park - One of the best mixes of Rap and Metal to date, with a great, if simple, riff, a neat rap from Shinoda and lots of cool samples, scratches and spins. I had hoped, I'd find a couple more similiar tracks but alas, no - This is definiteley one for the hip hop crowd especially if they like the more 'instrumental' side of things, all the turntables etc but if you want the Metal side of it, then you will only find the one track -so it's up to you what you're willing to pay.
There is a good LIVE performance of It's Goin' Down on YouTube - this time X-Ecutioners are teamed with Xzibit on main vocals AND Evan Seinfeld (bass guitar) and Billy Graziadei (guitar) from Biohazard, backing up on the chorus and really 'heavying' the music up! It was actually performed on the David Letterman show of all things! It's worth a look at...
As turntablists go, the X-ecutioners have gone all commercial (i assume appealing to the linkin park under 16 age group).
Generally the scratches are good, rob swift being the most technically competent DJ's next to the likes of qbert MMM and A-trak, so you cant go wrong there. the problem with the album is the selling out and a hint of ghetto fabulous of the whole thing. If you are a hardcore scratch fan, like me, you'll be a bit frustrated by this album and i suggest you dont buy it. But if you believe the media hype about them, then it is a good album to buy. After all, it does expose turntablism to the general public and that isnt all that bad... i must re-emphasise that it is a turntablist album and not a Hip hop/rap/nu metal album as the posing cover would would have you believe. this music scene is getting too childish anyway, i'm off to listen to some amon tobin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album proves more than ever that one mans meat is another mans poison (or murder). I read the reviews below and felt duty-bound to post my own to make this point... Read morePublished on 27 May 2007 by Roy Smith
If you like turntablism and hip hop don't buy this album. Something has gone very wrong here and obviously xecutioners have gone for the money rather than the music which is... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2003
Hmmm...I bought this CD on the strength of the exceedingly catchy "It's Goin' Down" but I am disappointed with the rest of the album. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org