“Down To Erf” EP – Down To Erf (Not On Label)
“Learn To Earn”
Strangely enough, the last “Diamond In The Rough” post that I did featured Brass Tacks’ “Hidden In Sight”/”Ice Breaker Classic”, little did I know the connection between the ‘Tacks’ classic single and this EP from fellow Canadians, Down To Erf. Comprised of emcee Mathematik and two producers, Wall & Steel (or “Steely Dan & Wal”) as credited on Down To Earf’s “white label” EP, Down To Erf dropped a phenomenal product in 1998 with this untitled gem. Lone emcee, Mathematik would later carve out a solo LP one year later in the form of “Ecology” (Beat Factory), of which 3 tracks from the LP and a remix of “Rhyme Training” can be found.
As previously mentioned, the connection arrives via the production for the Brass Tacks single, as it was indeed laced by the production duo of Steely Dan & Wal a.k.a. Erf Productions, whom also laced the majority of Math’s “Ecology” as well as product from the equally dope Sic Sense, Dream Warriors and underground favorite Saukrates. My whole week, musically, has been based around tracking down the Erf’s discography. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the duo is also responsible for much of Citizen Kane’s production. Don’t know how I almost overlooked that, being that Citizen Kane’s “Blackrain” and it’s remix from the “Epic EP”, “Elements Of Mind” (which, oddly enough, would be just as welcomed on the “Down To Erf” EP).
Anyway, let’s speak on the Erf’s EP. Bottom line, sh*t is entirely too dope to be slept-on! I really have fallen in love with mid-nineties Canadian Hip Hop over the last few weeks. When you account for Citizen Kane, Brass Tacks (minus the EP, which was fairly disappointing), Frankenstein, Down To Erf and even the Sic Sense 12″, “Positional Bypass”/”Onementality”, it’s criminal just how overlooked our brother from the North were/are. Mathematik is simply ill, very intellectual rhymes intertwined with an effortless, silky smooth delivery. The productions from the “Erf” duo are as laid back and breezy as a warm April afternoon.