If you weren’t aware that Houston, Texas is home to some true emcees and producers, then allow me to direct your attention to The Houston Elite Emcees, aka T.H.E.M., and one of their founding members Hash Brown (the emcee). On his debut solo album SoundsfromtheBackSeat, Hash, aka Jettimastyr (the producer), made sure to incorporate some of T.H.E.M. and their talents into the production and writing of the album. I’m convinced the various collaborations helped in the creation of an intricate and wonderfully raw project with lyrical content for days and an all together fresh sound. From Hollywood Floss blessing ears with a beautiful sample on the album titled track SoundsfromtheBackSeat, to Hash holding rappers accountable on the song The Dedication, it’s all good stuff. Although I wish more could’ve been done to some tracks (i.e. The Baptism should’ve been longer!!!!), the listener gets more than just a taste of the emcee/producer’s layered talent. He gives you the whole entrée…Sunday dinner style.
Below are some of the tracks from the album that stood out to me. This was the hardest part for me, and the most fun. Also, at the bottom are the myspace and twitter page links for a more detailed sample of the album. Check my music box on the right of the page to download Love Supreme and So Special.
• 2. Royalty- Hash eloquently brings us up to speed on his life story using sweet word play and a touch of family pride on this track. The song kind of reminds me of Happy Home by Talib Kweli. Hollywood Floss shows off his production skills again on this one with a simple, clean beat.
•6. The Baptism- Hash’s word play is crazy on this song. I love metaphors and puns and this track is full of them. “Baptize me in the name of the truest spittas, let me be ordained my verse is scripture…” The production helmet was on Jettimasytr, aka Hash, for this song with another A+ sample. I wish this one was just a little bit longer.
•5. Love Supreme- CRAZY!! I love this one. It’s not my favorite, but It’s certainly in the top…uh, 2. Once I got past the insane Anita Baker sample, and the sweet guitar work by Chris Rockaway, I was able to soak in the anthem about an undying love for hip hop. Fat Tony and Hash do some justice to another beat produced by Jettimastyr.
•12.Dreamin’- This isn’t the typical “we are the world and you can do it” song. Take Dustin-Prestige’s insane word play and delivery combined with Hash’s catchy one liners, match it just right with Jettimastyr and Chris Rockaway’s production skills and this is what you get: a perfect wake and bake joint.
•13. SoundsfromtheBackSeat- This is my favorite track on this album. The first time I heard it I cried. Yea, you’re laughing now, but that’s because you haven’t heard it. I mean listen to the lyrics (although that might be difficult at first because of the crazy sample). Hash throws it all on the table with vivid details and three stories that made my heart ache. Hollywood Floss put his whole self into the sample. I love it. This song has to have the most perfect lyric and track relationship I’ve heard in several months with the tone of the beat, and the added touches to the track. Can I just say, thank you.