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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loud
  • ASIN: B000055WSC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. XL
  3. Xecutioners Scratch
  4. A Journey Into Sound
  5. Hip Hop Awards (Skit)
  6. 3 Boroughs
  7. Let It Bang
  8. Xecutioners Theme Song
  9. Feel The Bass
  10. You Can't Scratch (Skit)
  11. It's Goin Down
  12. Premier's Xecution
  13. Yall Know The Game
  14. Genius Of Love
  15. B-boy Punk Rock 2001
  16. Who Wants To Be A Mutha Fuckin Millionaire (Skit)
  17. Play That Beat
  18. Dramacyde
  19. Xecution Of A Bum Rush
  20. Play That Beat Lo Fi

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X-ecutioners - Built From Scratch - Cd

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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

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
like many people, i bought this album on the strength of the excellent "It's Goin' Down". somewhat surprisingly, this is by far the weakest colaboration on the album. "Let It Bang" (featuring M.O.P) shows what rap-metal should really sound like, despite the fact that the guitars are sampled. "Premier's X-ecution" (featured on the "Scratch" soundtrack) is one of many tracks on the album showing how talented Rob Swift, Roc Raida, Mista Sinista and Total Eclipse are as turntablists. their hip-hop-styled colabortaions (featuring the likes of ex-House of Pain MC Everlast) are superior to alot of the best tracks on most rap records today.
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.
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After seeing this trio on MTV's Brand New, I was amazed to see Mike Shinoda and Mr (Joe) Hahn from Linkin Park on the song It's Goin' Down. I was hooked on the song from the first time I heard it, and I still am now. So I thought, I'll try their album Built From Scratch, and I wasn't disappointed. It's Goin' Down is a mix between heavy guitar riffs, DJ scratching, and great lyrics. But not all the songs are like this. This album has a hell of a lot of DJ scratching which isn't a bad thing. I bought Funkmaster Flex's Volume 4 album not long ago and it's very similar to the X-Ecutioners apart from the mass collobarations which Flex brings to the cd. But if your into hip/hop and DJ'ing then this album is definitley for you.
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It's hard for me to review this as it's not really my genre of music - It's perhaps too 'DJey' for me - When it comes to hip hop, I'm more DMX or Public Enemy (showing my age!)
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...
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this is one of the best albums i have. I had only heard of the x-ecutioners when they released its goin down with linkin park. i brought this album and its really good. i have been a fan of hip hop for many years and these are up there with the best. the songs vary from fast rapping ones to slower ones with more singing and less rapping. they seem to get the turntabling right and all the beats and rhymes link in with each other well. Great DJs that they all are they also have appearances from people like MOP, Linkin Park and Everlast among others all of which have good careers and are big names in hip hop.Buy this album if you are a hip hop fan as it is raw and true turntable music from four top DJ's with bags of talent who will be around for years. Expect more from these...
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By A Customer on 11 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you liked that there "its going down" song. you'll feel a bit short changed after paying your pocket money that your mummy gave you for this.
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.
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