From “Ego Trip’s Book Of Rap Lists”: “A criminally underrated, underground effort featuring production from Diamond D, Buckwild & The RZA. Tragically, the Bostonian was killed in a car accident in 1998.”
Eric says: “Man, count me in as a “sleeper”!! I honestly probably never had heard of this album until late 2003-early 2004 when I downloaded “Criminal” off of SoulSeek. Even more to my surprise was learning of his inclusion in the “Bulldogs”, aka Ed. O.G.’s posse that went along for the ride on early Ed O.G. releases such as “Like Of A Kid In The Ghetto” and “Roxbury 02119″. Someone help me out here, I can’t tell if that’s Scientifik that appears alongside Ed O.G. on the cover art for “Roxbury….” or not. Anyway, supposedly released on the Definite label imprint in 1994 “Criminal” has become somewhat of a myth and has been hyped to monstrous proportions due to in large part to it’s all-star production cast. Hmmm, “Ego Trip” states that Scientifik died in a car accident in 1998, but I also recall reading somewhere recently that he shot his wife/girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Don’t ask me, I’m just judging by hearsay.
Sadly, this album has basically been subjected to download based on the limited distribution of the album (if there was any at all). Although, “Criminal” was actually re-released by Traffic Entertainment Group in 2006….the dude who I imagine would really be able to hip you to the saga of Scientifik would almost have to be fellow Bostonian Dart Adams @ Poisonous Paragraphs. I would consider “Criminal” to be “slept-on” no doubt…but, the album at 10 tracks deep is nowhere near “classic” status. I’d give it a solid 7/10 no more, no less. The Jeru sampled “Jungles Of Da‘ East” is hard not to like with it’s soulful yet bouncy production that would’ve no doubt rocked mixtapes up and down the East Coast border had the album received it’s proper due in 94′. The Diamond D assisted “I Got Planz” is another banger that leans to Diamond’s quality production featured on “Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop” rather than his lazy production from his follow-up “Hatred, Passions & Infedility“. All in all, I’ve enjoyed this album enough to purchase it which speaks volumes about this overlooked release from yet another emcee that left us way to soon”.
“Jungles Of Da East”