review: El da Sensei "Relax Relate Release"
Artist: El da Sensei
Title: Relax Relate Release
- -- (1:54) WSVN Radio Jump Off - a quick two minute survey of the album
- // (3:42) Relax - the intro to the album, sets the agenda for the rest
- //- (4:18) Speakin' - driving beat with intrigue.
- //- (3:50) So Easily - very chilled out groove
- // (4:10) On And On feat. Sadat X - guest MC from Brand Nubian, nice jazzy beat
- //- (4:05) Eternally - syncopated kick drum, nice rhymes.
- /+ (2:12) Word On The Street - nice beat, but it's just an interlude
- //- (4:27) So Think Again - talkin' about Artifacts history and the rest of the business
- /+ (3:41) Focus - darker beat
- //- (3:55) Bang It Out - the most clubby of the tracks, it's all about sex.
- // (4:44) Summer Time Blues feat. Twizz - very chill, shit you could play in your drop-top hoopty if you had one, or at the neighborhood BBQ w/ a forty in hand
- //- (3:35) In the Lab - deliberate beat, nice cuts by DJ Kaos
- /+ (2:59) We Bouncin' - very round bass line, nothing special
- -- (0:44) Be Original - interlude
- // (3:30) Questions and Answers - a little classical influence, with some synthesized strings. This is a little lesson in hip-hop, dropping names of the classics
- //- (3:59) Fall Back feat. A-Drift - solid, bumping beat with some nice battle rhymes, plus a female MC
- //- (4:08) Whatyouwando? feat. J-Live and Asheru - another track with a slightly international flavor and two top-notch guest MCs
- -- (0:52) Kaos Outro
El da Sensei was one half of the Artifacts out of New Jersey (along with Tame One, who has been releasing a few singles on Def Jux). They parted amicably a few years ago. da Sen has come correct with a good hip-hop album with some great guest MCs. He's also lined up a nice roster of producers, both established (J. Rawls, Joe Money), relative unknowns (Malito, P Original), and some international faces (DJ Sebb, Koolade). He uses this album to look back on what hip-hop was, and to look at where he hopes to take it.