Built From Scratch [Bonus Tracks]

Built From Scratch [Bonus Tracks]

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by The X-ecutioners
     
 

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Hip-hop is hardly the musical outlet for virtuosity, but don't let the members of the X-Ecutioners know that. Since 1988, this New York City DJ crew, formerly known as the X-Men, have been dazzling audiences with their turntablist trickery, making a case for decks as an instrument of both expression and composition. On their Loud Records debut, Built from Scratch

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Hip-hop is hardly the musical outlet for virtuosity, but don't let the members of the X-Ecutioners know that. Since 1988, this New York City DJ crew, formerly known as the X-Men, have been dazzling audiences with their turntablist trickery, making a case for decks as an instrument of both expression and composition. On their Loud Records debut, Built from Scratch, the group -- comprising Roc Raida, Rob Swift, Mista Sinista, and Total Eclipse -- take their art to the next level by making a case for mainstream acceptance. Purists may cry foul at the sight of their beloved X-Men hamming it up on MTV alongside neo-rockers Linkin Park in the video for the first single, the rap/metal hybrid "It's Goin' Down." But their finesse at deconstructing and reconstructing grooves by the likes of Large Professor, DJ Premier, and Dr. Butcher shows why this moment in the spotlight was long overdue. Among the diverse MCs featured on Scratch are Everlast, Xzibit, Inspectah Deck, Kool G. Rap, Pharoah Monch, and the late, great Big Pun. And with "Genius of Love 2002," the fellas earn bonus points for stealing the Tom Tom Club's early-'80s dance-floor classic back from Mariah Carey. With innovative crews like the X-ecutioners leading the way, DJs will return to their rightful place at the forefront of the hip-hop movement.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kenyon Hopkin
Though it's a clever play on words, the title of the second record from the X-ecutioners is somewhat of an overstatement. The New York turntable crew reworks a few notable songs from rock and hip-hop's history (Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" being the best known), while including several familiar sounds and vocals from the genre's early days. Still, Built From Scratch is a sharp ode to old school hip-hop that focuses on the roll of the turntable rather than the vocals of an MC. That has been the group's intent since the early '90s, and Built From Scratch provides a great showcase for the quartet's turntable skills. However, those skills are sometimes overshadowed by the many collaborations from big names such as Pharaoh Monch, Xzibit, Everlast, Inspectah Deck, and the seemingly out of place Linkin Park. That doesn't mean that these cuts are commercially friendly. These are nitty-gritty rap ventures that stay true to the X-ecutioners' roots and are free of any deliberate pop hooks. [This release of the disc contains a bonus remix courtesy of Lo Fidelity Allstars.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998641020
catalogNumber:
86410

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

X-ecutioners   Primary Artist,scratching
Tom Tom Club   Vocals
Everlast   Track Performer
DJ Premier   scratching
Roc Raida   scratching
Kool G Rap   Track Performer
Triple Threat   Track Performer
Xzibit   Track Performer
Beat Junkies   scratching
Rob Swift   scratching
Inspectah Deck   Track Performer
Big Pun   Track Performer
Blair Wells   Bass,Guitar
Mista Sinista   scratching
Fatman Scoop   Vocals
Skillz   Track Performer
Kenny "The Human Orchestra" Muhammed   Track Performer

Technical Credits

DJ Premier   Producer
Chris Frantz   Producer
Large Professor   Producer
Doug McKean   Engineer
Roc Raida   Producer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Tina Weymouth   Producer
Beat Junkies   Producer
Dan the Automator   Producer
Rob Swift   Producer,Engineer
Peter Kang   Executive Producer
X-ecutioners   Producer,Executive Producer
Fidelity Allstars   Producer
Knobody   Producer
Blair Wells   Engineer
Mike Shinoda   Producer
Rock   Vocal Engineer
Brian   Art Direction
Rocklogic   Vocal Mixing
Doctor Butcher   Producer
Chris Conway   Producer
Brian Stanley   Engineer

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Built From Scratch 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a Great cd.These guys are awsome with turn tables and have featuring people from Biz Markie,tom tom club,Linken park and many more.