Slated Release Date: Oct. 26th (No Sleep Recordings)
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Sooo, it’s September 16th, just two days after one of the finest release dates of the year. While Tuesday, the 14th, saw highly touted releases from the likes of Black Milk (“Album Of The Year”), E.S.Q. & Chikaramanga (“The Succession”), Bilal (“Airtight’s Revenge”), Rah Digga (“Classic”), the “deluxe” edition of the Pete Rock & CL Smooth classic “Mecca & The Soul Brother” as well as Huey’s “Redemption” (*blank stare*), just go ‘head and circle your Calender for October 26th. Not only will the highly anticipated, and now somewhat mythical, album from The Left (Apollo Brown, Journalist 103 & DJ Soko), “Gas Mask” drop via Mello Music Group, but Termanolgy & Statik Selektah’s “1982″, Jim Jones’ “Capo” (aight, I’m done with the comedy) and Celph Titled & Buckwild’s “Nineteen Ninety Now” will also see the light of day. So, out of those four albums just mentioned (with no disrespect to Term & Statik), take a stab at the couple which currently stand as #1 & #2 as the best releases that I’ve heard (and, probably will hear) in 2010.
While I could expound, ad nauseam, regarding the “Gas Mask” LP, I’ll spare you, just peep THIS (a review that Bloggerhouse will soon revisit, nearly a year after we first heard the original), but this new collaborative LP from the Demigodz’ Celph Titled and the legendary producer and D.I.T.C. affiliate Buckwild, is nearly flawless! “Nineteen Ninety Now” which is essentially Celph Titled goin’ for broke atop some of Buckwild’s unscathed, untouched, underutilized production from the depths of the mid-90′s is a groundbreaking masterpiece that exhibits the fact that if you have good product, somehow, someway it will withstand the test of time.
I’d be lying to you if I said that I was one of Celph Titled’s biggest fans prior to the release. Sure, I knew of Celph, due to his appearance on record with A.O.T.P., J-Zone & Apathy, but have I purchased any physical product from dude? No. On the same token, I’d also be lying if I mentioned that I wasn’t a Buckwild Stan..errr…fan. Buck has always been one of my favorite producers of all-time. Whether it be his production with the likes of O.C., all the way down to his appearance on B.I.G’s “Life After Death”, with “I Got A Story To Tell”. However, Celph has made me a believer with the lyrical performance he delivered on this album. Whether it be the story-telling attributes of “Miss Those Days” (which also features the same sample that Da Beatminerz yanked for the D’Angelo remix of “Brown Sugar”), to the very informative and insightful “I Could Write A Rhyme” (which is nearly 6 minutes(!) long, yet stays on repeat) to the legendary semi-posse cut where Celph more than holds his own amongst the likes of the rejuvenated Grand Puba, Sadat X, A.G., O.C. and Diamond D, “There Will Be Blood” (this may very well be the highlight of the LP), Celph killed this stellar, timeless production. To be quite honest, upon learning that Celph would have a free “go” at the lost production from Buckwild I thought: “Damn, that’s one lucky S.O.B.”. Yet, in a twist of events I could share the same sentiment regarding Buckwild’s fortune to have Celph turn in a memorable outing on “Nineteen Ninety Now”.
As for Buckwild, Cheese N Rice! Talk about TIMELESS, you young cats could really learn something from this album. Think about it, these beats are nearly a decade and a half old! Yet, each of the tracks on this LP showcase the style and overall sound that heads are still attempting to duplicate to this day. Really, I’m speechless, absolutely in awe of the production on this album. Maybe it’s because I’m an old head who grew up on this sh*t, but more than likely, maybe not…EVERYONE will fall in love with this album due to the merger of a true underground lyricist and a true, legendary producer.
You remember how “Mecca & The Soul Brother” and “The Main Ingredient” were intro-less, interlude-less albums. Well, peep game, with 16 cuts that all range over the 4 minute mark, “Nineteen Ninety Now” possess that same feel. Celph & Buck crafted tracks son, no wastage on this album whatsoever! One would also think that the overall sound quality of the album would be somewhat tainted due to the age of the production, not the case my friend, this album will KILL your preferred sound-system. I truly hope that everyone whom purchases this LP will enjoy it for what it is, because you probably won’t see or hear another one like it for quite some time. A daring venture, no doubt, but Celph and Buckwild pulled it off with mind-blowing results!