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on 8 August 2001
So often these days you are left with an empty feeling after listening to a hip hop album, it seems that every other Lp coming out is hollow, repetitive, very un-original and just not very good. After one listen of countryman my faith was restored. This is probably got to be the best hip hop album that has ever emerged from these uk shores, a crisp, easy to the ear, low-down ruff work of art with a distinct uk flava. Right from the very off with the excellent intro which actually says something, and says it very powerfully and in a way that just sticks inside your brain to the very end with "twilight of the gods" this album takes you on a rollercoaster ride of chills, thrills and "ills" - simply put it has it all and is an excellent beacon carrier for the emerging uk scene.
Taskforce are excellent on junk yard and this is my favourite track on the album, I also really like cordless mics at 20 paces and are you on it. Double reds is a very imaginative effort with a great effort from dynamite, it's also nice to see the ladies getting a spotlight on domestic science
The production work on this is top notch and matches anything over in the u.s., and speaking of the u.s. I really beleive that this album could sell in a big way over there and here if it had the chance. There is a good breed of uk mc's and producers(alot of which are on this) that are chomping at the bit to help take the scene to the very top nationally and internationally, they should be given a chance!
In conclusion this is a top quality uk hip hop album with lots of top level uk talent, which delivers in a big big way!
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on 29 August 2001
With this album, Skitz firmly positions himself at the forefront of hip-hop production, not just within the UK but world-wide. His collaborations with a wealth of emerging and established UK talent are wholly successful; each strikingly eclectic track maintains an unmistakable style.
In particular, 'The Junkyard' with Task Force combines vivid imagery of social decay through brilliant MCing from Chester P and Farma G with flawless production, making for an unforgettable experience. Similarly, the lyricism and vocals offered by Roots Manuva on 'Where My mind Is At' alongside Skitz are good to the point of being almost moving.
Anyone with a glimmer of an interest in hip-hop should not be without this LP.
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on 26 June 2001
UK hip-hop has always been at the forefront of the culture, although it has always been dismissed. Now with the emergance of Mark B & Blade and now Skitz onto the non-UK hip-hop's subconscious it's time for it to get the respect it deserves. Countryman has some of the best hip-hop tracks... no forget that... best tracks you'll hear for years. Task Force make a stunning apperance on 'Junkyard', probably the best track on the album, whilst Dynamite shows that not all D'n'B MC's are talentless.
Some UK Hip-hop fans may already have a lot of the tracks on here but the other new tracks make it worth buying them again. All we need now are the Rodney P and Skinnyman solo albums and the UK hip hop scene will rule the world!
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on 25 September 2015
Skitz was one of the major UK players to put British hip hop on the map internationally.
Needless to say many of the featured artists have gone on to firmly establish themselves. Saying that, Roots Manuva was of course relatively well known at this time and the most successful of them all.
Estelle, Rodney P, Taskforce, Skinnyman and Deckwrecka were all significant contributors to UK hip hop and well known on the 'underground' circuit.
Is this the best of UK hip hop at the time? No, probably not, as outside of London there was a lot going on also, but it just didn't get the same recognition, as London was considered where it was at, at the time!
Even so, this is an important album and although strong, is probably more prestigious due to the stir it caused. I remember visiting Toronto in 2001 and quite a few heads from hip hop circles were more than aware of this album. A good piece of nostalgic UK hip hop and a great addition to any afficiando's collection.
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on 8 May 2001
This is an exelent album showing us how UK hip hop is comming back. Mark B & Blade put down the blue prints and Skitz anong with Rodney P, Wildflower, Skinnyman,Task Force, Couvert and the stunning Roots Manuva have built it up to a higher level. If u like Task Force and Mud fam u you will love this. It has great songs like Finger Prints of the gods and The Junkyard. Best UK hip hop out, 10 stars
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on 3 April 2003
There should be more copys of this maufactured! Anyone who has the remotest interest in origional hip hop should buy this album. In fact, they should buy two copies and give one to their mother!
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on 13 February 2007
I reckon, lyrically brilliant, the rhymes are pure skill, the scratching is sublime, you must hear it to believe it. The whole album is pure class but "Fingerpints of the Gods" and "Twilight of the Gods" are 2 tunes of such top notch calibre that it's hard to believe there wasn't a big fuss about this album when it was released. A total triumph for Skitz and for british hip hop. A 10/10 if ever there was one.
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on 26 February 2004
The album truely kicks off on track three, The Killing, a dark heavy, well composed beat, with the Uk's dopest MC Rodney P, showing his true lyrical tallent, Rodney P features later in the album on other dope tracks such as Dedication and Twilight of the gods. Task Force also feature on this album discussing the junkyard Highbury estate, Discusing the negative effects of Arsenal's home. This album also features the most notorious Uk rapper Roots Manuva. Believe If you find this album buy it, copy it, you will not regret it, trust! Skitz's finest works highlighting and expressing the true Uk Flava.
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on 27 March 2014
Classic UK hip hop album, featuring the cream of UK talent, Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Task Force, Phi Life & many more. a seminal classic album, that most hip hop lovers will big have heard because UK hip hop does not have a big slick marketing machine behind it.
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on 22 May 2002
This unique CD brings together different styles of English hip-hop and puts them all together on one supreme album.
I insist that all you hip-hop fans make it the next CD on your list to buy.
Peace Out from St Ives Massive!!!!
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