- Audio CD (20 Aug. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Definitive Jux
- ASIN: B00005AA1X
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Company Flow: CANNIBAL OK...RESOP ROCK...RJ02
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It somehow seems fitting that Company Flow bowed out while birthing El-P's new label Def Jux. Def Jux Presents collects the first EP release (a Co Flow/Cannibal Ox split single) along with several tracks showcasing Def Jux's new breed. Sounding like some insidious teenage syndrome that El-P never managed to rid himself of, Co Flow's "Drum Pattern Awareness" rocks out the box first. Its multi-part, symphonic structure flips back and forth from epic, bass-thumping battle beats to a sombre and sober half-speed mantra. On "Simian D", El and Mr Len monkey around with fellow sick-minded rap felon, Ill Bill (formerly of Non-Phixion), seemingly rhyming about some retrogressive narcotic hell (the "d" stands for "drugs"). Lyrical vikings, Cannibal Ox contribute two impressive cuts from their Cold Vein album, "Iron Galaxy" and "Straight Off The D.I.C". RJD2's laid-back instrumental "Silver Fox" feels like an anomaly following El-P's brace of dense, chest-beating productions. But Aesop Rock's vindictive "Kill Em All" puts things back on track as it unfolds over the sound of knives being sharpened and a disorientating percussive bass rhythm. Aesop mutters darkly, sounding like the kind of bedroom psychotic who fits. Co Flow's "Simple" close this definitive juxtaposition with an acidic lick of electric guitar played back and forward like a bucksaw. Chop your heads. --Chris Campion
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Happy music listening!!
Norman aka Moveewatchur
"you were a still born baby/ mother didn't want you, but you were still born/ boy meets world, of course his pops is gone/ what you figure?/ that chalky outline on the ground is a father figure?/ so he steps to the next stencil/ that's a hustler infested with money and diamond cluster/ let's talk in layman terms/ rotten apples and big worms/ early birds and poachers/ new york is evil at it's core/ so those who have more then them, prepare to be victims." - iron galaxy, cannibal ox
el-p flexes his lyrical prowess on this release as well, showing that his unique machine-gun flow can handily carry a track without former partner mr. len. on "simple", el-p sends the rest of the industry packing stating, "running around downtown brooklyn getting chased by the big kids/ now as a man, i don't run much/ still have the same clique/ there are very few people i meet in this world that can measure up with..."
as a lyricist, aesop rock rocks "kill em all" over a simple beat, bass, and scratch track. this track is a great contrast to the heavily produced el-p tracks, with aesop showing that he is also a talented emcee. RJD2 has an instrumental track that is a rocking interlude between the gritty company flow and cannibal ox beats. the guitar, horns, and flute loops sound great between the other hard-hitting vocal tracks.
all-in-all, watch out for def jux. these cats are helping to re-invent hip-hop for the new millennium. kudos to company flow for getting the label together and bringing out incredible talent like cannibal ox, mr. lif, aesop rock, and RJD2.
Not a bad track on this CD. Only problem I had with it was that I paid $13 for it when it was really worth an EP price of $8, but I'll get over it... DOPE MATERIAL EXPECT MORE OFF DEF JUX LATER ON...