Thursday, July 19, 2007

El Michels Affair w/Raekown PJs

The El Michels Affair are a good trippy acid jazz/soul jazz type band, but they came across the genius idea of doing covers of Wu-Tang. 2 45s into what I hope is a long series right now and they were good enough to get a guest spot from Lex Diamonds himself on this track. Rae spits his standard back in the day coke slinging story rhyme over a rootsy Brooklyn groove.
Side 2 has the instrumental and some bonus beats. Including the monster surprise "this one's for my baby" which opens with a wicked string hook before settling down. It wouldn't be hard to see these guys rocking behind Amy Winehouse if the Dap-Kings were busy.
An added bonus is the nice artwork which most 12"s don't get. Very nice.
I guess getting stoked on Wu-Tang covers and cameos is some nostalgia shit, but if you were buying records like 36 Chambers,Iron Man, or Only Built for Cuban Linx when they just came out, you know how mind blowing these guys were. There were a few Hip Hop groups that totally changed up the game. Think Public Enemy and NWA for example. It's hard to remember how wild these records were once they have become holy grails or classics.
Truth and Soul Records.

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