Droppin' Science Fiction

Droppin' Science Fiction

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by The Mighty Underdogs
     
 
A hip-hop trio (two MCs and one producer), the Mighty Underdogs sound so laid-back and bemused and confident on their debut LP that even those who didn't recognize the names involved might guess that these are not people going about their day jobs. Lateef and Gift of Gab are, of course, two of the brightest rappers

Overview

A hip-hop trio (two MCs and one producer), the Mighty Underdogs sound so laid-back and bemused and confident on their debut LP that even those who didn't recognize the names involved might guess that these are not people going about their day jobs. Lateef and Gift of Gab are, of course, two of the brightest rappers to emerge between the death of alternative rap and the birth of the underground, and their thirst for innovative side projects appears to be nowhere near slaked. Their producer here, Headnodic, is less of a major figure, but that just means he has more to prove. His tracks on Droppin' Science Fiction mark him as a producer to watch -- although he's actually been around for quite a while -- calling on everything from old-school rap to lowrider digitalia to hard rock in order to power these tracks (all of which are either hip-hop or deep groove). He also corrals a large cast of musical guests, and makes this easily the best-produced Quannum project since the original Quannum Spectrum. The major question for rap fans on the vocal end is whether Lateef's outsized personality would quash Gift of Gab's subtle acrobatics. Although Lateef certainly does take the primary role, no one should mourn the loss of more features from Gift of Gab, especially when the record includes so many other gifted rappers -- MF Doom, Lyrics Born, Mr. Lif, Chali 2na, and more. The highlight comes with a remix of "UFC," with deft cuts from none other than DJ Shadow. The only thing that stops Droppin' Science Fiction from being an instant masterpiece is that Lateef and Gift of Gab don't do quite enough to make these tracks shine; great productions and great rapping still need a few big hooks (vocal or musical) to snare listeners right from the get-go.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Definitive Jux
UPC:
0600308816527
catalogNumber:
88165

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mighty Underdogs   Primary Artist
Prophet   Acoustic Guitar,fender rhodes
Lincoln Adler   Saxophone
Myron Glasper   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lateef the Truthspeaker   Bass,Track Performer,Group Member
Joyo Velarde   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Adam Theis   Trombone
Hervé "RV" Salters   Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Arp Strings,Roland Synthesizer
Scott Anderson   screams
Headnodic   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Chimes,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Theremin,Ukulele,Moog Synthesizer,Surdo,Sampling,Vibes,Shaker,cowbell,Upright Bass,Wood Block,Wurlitzer,Toy Piano,Moog Bass,Roland Synthesizer,Group Member
Gift of Gab   Track Performer,Group Member
Rene Flores   Percussion,Conga
Max MacVeety   Drums
J. Sun   Vocals
Precious   Soprano (Vocal)
G. Koop   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Conga,fender rhodes
Amy Gruber   Vocals
Solas B. Lalgee   Vocals
Assara Price   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ilani Price   Choir, Chorus
Kasiah Price   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kasey Knudsen   Saxophone
Ileni Price   Background Vocals
Emu Emuletor   Guitar,Piano

Technical Credits

DJ Shadow   Cut
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Composer
Brent Rollins   Art Direction
Lateef the Truthspeaker   Lyricist
T. Shimura   Composer
Headnodic   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Writer,Contributor,drum programming,Audio Production
Gift of Gab   Lyricist
Tim Parker   Composer
Lateef Daumont   Composer
Ethan "Headnodic" Parsonage   Composer
G. Koop   Engineer
DJ E DaBoss   Cut
T. Parker   Composer

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