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RADIx The Staple Abstrak/EarlySpotter • 2006

With the release of the anticipating mix album 'The Prelude To The Staple', it was not a secret anymore that this album was going to be great. Although only two tracks are re-introduced on this LP, the vibes were in the air and the odds were in favour for this album to be a highlight in the still very short careers of both group members SeeK and QuiteNyce, the latter having released a solo album just last year.

The piano-driven haziness of the title track opens 'The Staple' and warms up the listener before continuing his sonic adventure through a jazzy boombap landscape, painted by the usual piano stabs, organ loops, sped-up soul voices, string arrangements and an occasional keyboard arrangement ('Dotted Line') or guitar pluck. The latter characterizing 'AkroRADIx', featuring a magnificent Akrobatik ('how many mics got the fingerprints of the dopest rap singer since the golden era?’) and scratches by former X-Ecutioner Mista Sinista. '3 Words' has a high dose of early 90s West Coast vibes reminding of Souls Of Mischief or The Pharcyde, while the heroic Dr Sixshot production 'Air' takes it back to a 97 NY street corner. People who got the mix tape are familiar with 'Rush' (featuring Mr Eon in the chorus), where both rappers explain the rush they experience from doin this hip-hop thing in all its aspects from performin to makin money of it. Other highlights are the Insight-produced 'From The Ground Up' (with the typical dirty drums, hard-hittin snare and jazz chops) and 'DJ/Emcee', by far the most known track of RADIx, also on the mix tape, but lookin much better on a full album. The remix of 'AkroRADIx' and the closing song 'Hiphop' are merely fillers with the latter being a spin-off of the beat to 'Rush' and holdin some cliché rhymes.

While former releases didn’t bring them the attention they deserved to gain, 'The Staple' should put this Boston group in the spotlight and give them a permanent place in the rich and competitive Boston rap scene. This is not groundbreaking, revolutionary nor history in the making but an artificial hip-hop product with no-nonsense lyrics, traditional rap themes and strict rhyme patterns flirting with mellow, mesmerizing and poignant boombap production. A feast for underground fans.

POSTED ON 05|23|2006 by cpf

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