For those of us who can’t wait for the official Blaq Poet/DJ Premier album, “The Grand P.O.” has dropped a little something to hold us over. I was lucky enough to speak with this QB veteran recently, and here’s what had to say about this new shit:
So I see that you’ve got a new record called “Deja Screw” coming out. Is that a collection of all your mixtape stuff?
That’s just a lot of lyrics, like my verses from Y2K, my verses from Loyalty - verses from both those albums that I felt people didn’t really hear. So I was like “Yo, I’mma do those shits over again”, over some hot beats and let niggas hear it again, ’cause I felt people didn’t hear that shit the way I wanted them to hear it.
Is the Year Round project with Premo still on track?
Yeah, the Year Round project is poppin’. I’m just waitin’ for Premier, whenever he’s finished doin’ what he’s doin’ – a lotta things right now. As soon as he’s finished we’re gonna start to wrap-up my album. Blaq Poet – The Best That Never Did It.
You can catch the rest of my interview with Poet (and my debut appearence in print) in the latest issue of Modern Fix, which should be hitting the shelves sometime this week.
Eighteen tracks deep, Rewind < < Deja Screw features a nice selection of Poet’s recent material, with production duties split evenly between heavy hitters like Preme, Alchemist and E Z Moe B and French producer 45 Scientific, with a few self-produced joints thrown in as well. While the established New Yorkers kill it as usual, Blaq Poet & Sincere deliver one of the albums’ highlights with the addictive “Rhyme Crime Boss”.
45 Scientific handles most of the songs that use older verses, with a string-heavy, cinematic production style that hits the pocket about half of the time, while Poet brings his signature “I don’t give a fuck” style to the table in fine form, letting us know to “make way for the bruiser, I ain’t tryin’ to be number two, ’cause that’s the first loser!”. The only let-down is the unecassary “Still Flippin’” (the three mixes that came out in ’91 were all better) and a couple of beats that don’t quite hit the mark, but with gutter shit like “Bloody Mess”, “You Fucked Up” and “Bang This”, this is essential listening for all Screwball fans and anyone who enjoys a bit of anti-social Queensbridge gun talk (and if you don’t, you might as well kill yourself right now, or at least stop listening to rap). Hu-Haa!
Rating: 3.5 Becks
Blaq Poet - You Fucked Up [Rewind < < Deja Screw, Screwball, 2006]
Review copy supplied courtesy of Shogun Distribution.
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