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WYDU Picks of the Week…..Part Two

by Travis on February 25, 2010

Hotbox – Number Theory EP

1. Numerology
2. Little Bits (Expedyte, Radar, & Phakt)
3. Dollar Bills (Radar & Wordburglar)
4. True Love (Expedyte, Mischif, Nokes, & Spesh K)
5. Millipede (Spesh K & Jay Mayne)
6. Christmas Rain
7. Must Have Been (Sampson)
8. Oatmeal Lumps (Milla Thyme, Sampson, Lee Fitz, Shiest, Arlo Maverick, Markit, Jesse Dangerously, Johnny Hardcore & Radar)
9. Perfect Formula (Sean One & Monark)

Artwork: Varnson Productions
Mixed & Mastered by: Dexter Doolittle

East Coast Music Award-winning producer Hotbox has returned with a new 9-song EP “Number Theory”, a title suiting for this daytime high school math teacher. Known for his choppy soul sound, Hotbox has spent the past few years producing for numerous eastern Canadian hip-hop artists while holding down his day job in Moncton, NB.

One such recording that garnered recognition last year was Spesh K”s “The Main Event” from Spesh’s album of the same name. Spesh K and producer Hotbox both took home the 2009 ECMA for Hip Hop Recording of the Year. On his latest release, Hotbox is joined by some east coast Canadian heavyweights such as Spesh K, Phakt, Expedyte, Wordburglar, and Sheist.

Number Theory is not Hotbox’s first solo project. In 2008, he released the critically-acclaimed Boxploitation” EP online and last year he put out the 7” vinyl single “Knowledge Is Wealth”, which is currently nominated for Hip-Hop Recording Of The Year at this year’s ECMA’s. In 2007, he released the full-length “Frostbite” which featured Sean Price and MC Lyte.

Hotbox will stay busy in the lab this year. In addition to promoting the Number Theory EP, he has collaborative projects in the works with Fritz the Cat (OK Cobra), Spesh K and Sheist.

Trav’s Take: Hotbox has long been a WYDU favorite. Y’all should remember him from his late 2008 Artist Spotlight. ‘Box has the hot ish this time around and is evident from the get go. “Numerology,” is instrumental that is laced with funky horns and a G-funk sounding wail. All the beats are top notch. Some of the emcees work better than others, but all in all this is a great listen. I’m going to have to talk to Hotbox about doing an instrumental album.

Joe Scudda – Not Your Average Joe

1. Not Your Average Intro 01:10
2. Every Man 02:40
3. Bubblegum Tuna 03:31
4. Cali My Way feat. (Diz Gibran) 02:27
5. Im Gone 03:44
6. Trunk Rattle Remix feat. (Naledge, Freddie Gibbs & Mistah FAB) 05:11
7. Playing With Me 02:59
8. Pardon Me 03:46
9. From This Day feat. (Carlitta Durand) 03:57
10. Think About It feat. (Evidence) 03:14
11. $ Dont Make Me 04:30
12. Stoopid Dope Moves 03:29
13. Robert Downey Jr. 04:09
14. Catch Up (Bonus Track) 04:41

Trav’s Take: I’ve always liked Joe Scudda even though he’s got a bad knock by a few. I’m just getting through this right now and everything is straight, well worth the free look. Thoughts and prayers go out Joe, Big Dho, Big Pooh, Chaundon, Jozeemo after their near death miss with a semi-trailer after their tour van lost control on a Vermont freeway. From the twitter updates, everyone is okay, although Pooh was still in the hospital the last I heard.

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Mac February 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Hey man been following for awhile and d/l'd this myself the other day (Hotbox – Number Theory) and am feelin it.

Which MCs are you thinkin are hits? Misses?

I felt similar at times… Dope beats though!

ryan somers February 27, 2010 at 5:45 am

i'm feeling this hotbox shit.
i met dude last f all when i waas playing a gig in moncton, a mutual friend introduced us (wuttup layna!) and i was really feeling the dude's take on music, and his production style is sick… captures that pure 90s golden good feeling without sounding derivative… stoked to see you guys spotlighting this on this blog…


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