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by Eric on October 3, 2007

Thankfully, this week (so far) I’ve been able to catch up on my “new music listening” after not being able to check out much of the new material that has been taking up space on my spare hard drive. First on my plate this week is the much anticipated mixtape collabo with Mick Boogie of The League Crew & Rawkus‘ very own lilKanyes Kidz In The Hall. To be very blunt, I wasn’t really expecting much when I first imported this mixtape/album on to the Ipod. Hell, I knew that Dart had mentioned something about it awhile back on his site but I wasn’t looking forward to it like say…..Little Brother’s “Get Back”. Kidz In The Hall’s debut “School Was My Hustle” (released in 2006 on Rawkus) was somewhat of a media darling that I never seemed to quite catch on to, the only track from the album that even received more than a few plays from me was their remake of Souls Of Mischief’s classic “93 Til Infinity” titled “Wheelz Fall Off (06′ Til…). Emcees Naledge & Double-O were both young & confident in their microphone abilities, I don’t know what it may have been but “School Was My Hustle” played like an album trying valiantly to be yet another “College Dropout”. Serving as a prequel to Kidz‘ forthcoming full length “Class Participation” due in the first quarter of 2008, “Detention” is without a doubt a step up from the duo’s debut. With “Detention”, I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the quality of the production and both Naledge & Double-O appear to have stepped up their mic game a bit. Both display a more mature approach to “Detention” than on “School Was My Hustle”, and it works here. Two tracks from the album (I say album simply because this compilation plays more like one than a mixtape per se) immediately grabbed my attention after the first listen. The first cut being “Work To Do”, this track comprises a beautiful soul sample that I can’t quite put my finger on just yet as the young duo provides inspiration to the young to “Get Up Get Out” cause there’s still plenty of “Work To Do”. The second track was “Work’s….” predecessor….“Get Busy Pt.1″, which may sound to some like a freestyle than an actual song, but fellas with a raw, barebones drum track that’s hard to front on this is damn near as “Hip Hop” as it gets. “Clothes, Hoes & Liquor” deserves major props for sampling one of the funkiest horn loops ever in John Klemmer’s “Free Soul”, which many old school heads will instantly recognize from Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs’ “Less Than Zero”. While there’s obviously some filler on “Detention”, I’m now convinced that XXL’s proclamation that “Kidz InThe Hall are the new big men on campus” may very well be accurate. Of course, you know the drill already…you can peep “Detention” HERE (props Krooked!) or HERE (props Grimm!) . Don’t you just love watching the race between the two to see who can post the newest “leak” first, thank God for both of em’ though!….-Eric

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Anonymous October 3, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Pretty sure that sample is Average White Band “work to do”. My old man used to play that track a lot.

pete(r) October 4, 2007 at 1:06 am

As much as I tried to get into “School Was My Hustle,” I had trouble getting beyond 3-4 tracks on there…not that it was bad, but other than those few dope tracks, the rest was average, imo. I’ve listened to this mix once through, and I’m really feelin’ the beats thus far…

btw, you get into Panacea’s “The Scenic Route” yet?

Dart Adams October 4, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Good looking out, Eric. I just posted my “Detention” review on Poisonous Paragraphs just 3 minutes ago! I linked you and Travis up as well.


Mr. Starving October 4, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Nice post, nice site, I’m definitly feelin it.

Anonymous October 4, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Man I swear, it’s the same bullshit with your blog you just need to shut it down you dumb ass cunt

John Dawson October 5, 2007 at 12:39 am

We, well i just reviewed this in our EWA Top 25 over at I fuckin loved it and had a tough time taking it out of the CD player.

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