Let It Go

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Those who know House Shoes only for his role in the development of Detroit hip-hop might be skeptical about this. The man is known more for his DJ'ing prowess and forthright opinions than his beats, but that's because he's not one to saturate the market. Music making has been part of his life for almost two decades; he records when the mood strikes and releases when conditions are appropriate. Those who were up on his mind-bending contributions to Danny Brown's XXX and Quelle Chris' Shotgun & Sleek Rifle probably aren't surprised that Let It Go is one of 2012's best albums. It's densely packed with astute sample sourcing and chopping -- simultaneously gutter and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Those who know House Shoes only for his role in the development of Detroit hip-hop might be skeptical about this. The man is known more for his DJ'ing prowess and forthright opinions than his beats, but that's because he's not one to saturate the market. Music making has been part of his life for almost two decades; he records when the mood strikes and releases when conditions are appropriate. Those who were up on his mind-bending contributions to Danny Brown's XXX and Quelle Chris' Shotgun & Sleek Rifle probably aren't surprised that Let It Go is one of 2012's best albums. It's densely packed with astute sample sourcing and chopping -- simultaneously gutter and elegant beats laced with the likes of Electrifying Mojo, Kenny Dixon, Jr., the original Mr. T., Tommy Devito, and a dozen-plus mostly A-game MCs. "Time" hits hardest. It flips Eddie Kendricks and Steve Miller in an ingenious way that a select few, Shoes' close friend Dilla included, have touched. Big Tone takes the prize for best boast: "Cast a shadow on rappers like a sundial, and when the light evolves, watch them all dissolve." For all the cool confidence exuded by Shoes, best complemented by Roc Marciano, Moe Dirdee, and Black Spade, he and a couple other collaborators supply some heavy emotional content. On "Everything (Modern Family)," Fattfather expresses the strain of being away from home to support his family, something to which Shoes can relate: "I been on the road grinding, forced to eat trash/Been in four different climates, tryin' to reach cash/Lack of sleep, complete with jet lag/All I wanna do is hug my kids, and you mad?" For "Castles (The Sky Is Ours)," Shoes repurposes an instrumental granted to a 2009 compilation assembled by the late J1, who is paid an achingly glorious tribute here by fellow close associate Jimetta Rose: "We sit and talk for hours/You said the sky was ours." This is a complete album wrapped in a cinematic opener and its darker concluding reprise -- a modern theme for the Motor City that is as evocative as Shake's "Detroit State of Mind."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Tres Records
  • UPC: 181057000745
  • Catalog Number: 396084
  • Sales rank: 333,122

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let It Go (The Beginning) (1:09)
  2. 2 Empire/Get Down (3:48)
  3. 3 Goodfellas to Bad Boys/Dank Interlude - Moe Dirdee (3:47)
  4. 4 Dirt/Jeedo Interlude - Roc Marciano (3:24)
  5. 5 Time/Hex Interlude (4:10)
  6. 6 Crazy/Bahbahbahbah (2:37)
  7. 7 Last Breath/Mayer & Shoes (4:21)
  8. 8 Keep On/Helluva - Co$$ AKA Cashus King (3:03)
  9. 9 Sweet/Quelle Interlude - Danny Brown (3:46)
  10. 10 So Different/Moody Interlude (3:08)
  11. 11 Everything (Modern Family)/Without You - Fattfather (2:24)
  12. 12 Sunrise/Love (2:43)
  13. 13 Trouble/Royce Interlude - Moe Dirdee (3:42)
  14. 14 Nails/Broken - Quelle Chris (3:56)
  15. 15 Castles (The Sky Is Ours)/My Brother - Jimetta Rose (4:47)
  16. 16 Cry Now/Gone (4:07)
  17. 17 Roller Coaster - Selfsays (5:07)
  18. 18 Empire Reprise - Sam Beaubien (2:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let It Go (The Beginning) (1:07)
  2. 2 Empire/Get Down (3:48)
  3. 3 Goodfellas to Bad Boys/Dank Interlude - Moe Dirdee (3:47)
  4. 4 Dirt/Jeedo Interlude - Roc Marciano (3:23)
  5. 5 Time/Hex Interlude (4:10)
  6. 6 Crazy/Bahbahbahbah (2:37)
  7. 7 Last Breath/Mayer & Shoes (4:20)
  8. 8 Keep On/Helluva - Co$$ AKA Cashus King (3:03)
  9. 9 Sweet/Quelle Interlude - Danny Brown (3:46)
  10. 10 So Different/Moody Interlude (3:08)
  11. 11 Everything (Modern Family)/Without You - Fattfather (2:24)
  12. 12 Sunrise/Love (2:42)
  13. 13 Trouble/Royce Interlude - Moe Dirdee (3:42)
  14. 14 Nails/Broken - Quelle Chris (3:56)
  15. 15 Castles (The Sky Is Ours)/My Brother - Jimetta Rose (4:47)
  16. 16 Cry Now/Gone (4:09)
  17. 17 Roller Coaster - Selfsays (5:05)
  18. 18 Empire Reprise - Sam Beaubien (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
House Shoes Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Big Tone Composer
The Alchemist Composer
A. Jackson Composer
C. Stewart Composer
Chali 2na Composer
Oh No Composer
Shafiq Husayn Composer
Black Milk Composer
Guilty Simpson Composer
Black Spade Composer
House Shoes Producer
Marvwon Composer
Jimetta Rose Composer
Fattfather Composer
Danny Brown Composer
Co$$ Composer
Fat Albert Einstein Additional Production
Sam Beaubien Composer, Additional Production
N. Rodriguez Composer
C. Cross Composer
Selfsays Composer
Roc Marciano Composer
M. Nelson Composer
B. Simpson Composer
Alan "The Alchemist" D. Maman Composer
Quelle Chris Composer
Stephanie Estes Management
Moe Dirdee Composer
Big Nate Detroit Management
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