Most people know Joe Budden for his 2003 hit, “Pump It Up”, as well as his label woes with Def Jam regarding the dropping of his second album…or a single…or him. His fans know him for his introspective, highly respected lyricism, most notably showcased in his “Mood Muzik” series of mixtapes. His latest, “Mood Muzik 3” was released in earlier this year to high praise in the hip-hop community.
Most people know Portishead as pioneers of the trip-hop genre, releasing such classic LPs as “Dummy” and “Portishead”. Fans know them for their unique approaches to recording, as well as lead singer Beth Gibbons’ mournful voice. Their first LP in nearly 10 years, “Third, was released last week to a great response.
Most people don’t know Ill Poetic. In 2007, he released his national debut, “The World is Ours” to critical acclaim as well as a US and European tour. His name and production have received press in VIBE magazine, allhiphop, okayplayer, and countless others. He’s produced/collaborated with such underground notables as Wordsworth, Illogic, Blueprint, and Piakhan. Fans know him for writing his own self-deprecating press releases.
The following LP chops and layers Portishead’s “Third” (with some old ones in there, too) with Joe Budden’s “Mood Muzik 3”, creating the kind of dark, atmospheric LP that your cousin drinks bourbon in a bathtub to with the lights dimmed.
Editor’s Note: This sh*t is bananas!! Ill Po’ totally changed the feel of “Mood Muzik”, the Portishead chops give the album are dark murky feel that match up well with Joey’s somewhat depressing lyrics. If only Joe Budden could have this kind of top-notch production with each release! Also, be sure your “speaker game” is up to par, ’cause Ill Poetic loaded this re-working with enough bottom to rattle your ribcage. One of the best releases of the year thus far!!
From Ill: I just wanted to give a brief history of this project so that everyone gets their credit. This album was put together in one weekend, and i still don’t know how it actually got finished.
-Thanks to Greg and Macniff at Garnett Entertainment for the idea and the Portishead records. This was supposed to be a collab project, but unfortunately, they got caught up in some other projects.
-Thanks to my best friend Young Zone (Zone’s MySpace) for talking me into still doing this by myself.
-Thanks to my 13 year old computer, who, despite the loss of 80 percent of it’s plug-ins, inability to convert files into mp3s, and 15 minute load in time for a photoshop file, still saw this project through with me.
-Thanks to Number one Budden Fan Terrell Wright for helping me leak this.
-Thanks to you for listening and not putting this immediately in your recycling bin.
Pass this link on to everyone you can reach….or not. Either way, just enjoy it:)
Forthcoming Ill Poetic projects:
-Illogic “Diabolical Fun” Sept. ’08 on Weightless Records (Illogic’s MySpace)
-Ill Poetic and j. rawls – Fall ’08
-Wordsworth LP – TBA
-Blitz the Ambassador LP – TBA
-Young Zone “Face The Music” – TBA
-Definition (Ill Poetic & Young Zone) LP – TBA