Quannum Spectrum

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Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
The Bay Area hip-hop collective Quannum isn't quite a crew, just a loose association trying to build a West Coast hip-hop sound of its own. Their tools are beats that get trickier and more detailed as you pay more attention to them, and lyrics that are concerned more with mind-bending verbal agility than with the rappers' personae or anything in the outside world. In addition to Quannum's chief organizers -- Latyrx, Blackalicious, and the always astonishing DJ Shadow -- the participants in SPECTRUM include like-minded Californians Souls of Mischief, Chief Xcel, Jurassic 5, and Divine Styler, as well as East Coaster EI-P of Company Flow. These underground hip-hop purists...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
The Bay Area hip-hop collective Quannum isn't quite a crew, just a loose association trying to build a West Coast hip-hop sound of its own. Their tools are beats that get trickier and more detailed as you pay more attention to them, and lyrics that are concerned more with mind-bending verbal agility than with the rappers' personae or anything in the outside world. In addition to Quannum's chief organizers -- Latyrx, Blackalicious, and the always astonishing DJ Shadow -- the participants in SPECTRUM include like-minded Californians Souls of Mischief, Chief Xcel, Jurassic 5, and Divine Styler, as well as East Coaster EI-P of Company Flow. These underground hip-hop purists are half stoned on their own creativity, cramming in as many dizzy little rhymes as they can and cooking up twinkling, polyrhythmic beat stews. And they'll take a crack at anything -- on "I Changed My Mind," Latyrx's Lyrics Born even attempts to sing, crooning over a live, percolating groove supplied by the Poets of Rhythm.
All Music Guide - John Bush
A label-compilation project showcasing the varied and growing talents of the rejuvenated Solesides crew, now known as Quannum, Quannum Spectrum represents the unparalleled ambition of one of underground rap's most respected collectives. Though the critics have given DJ Shadow most of the attention, Quannum Spectrum boasts excellent productions and intricate rapping from a half-dozen important figures, including Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born from Latyrx, plus -- for one track -- guest producer El-P. Opening with the groovy Quannum/Jurassic 5 soundclash "Concentration," Quannum Spectrum works through over a dozen wildly diverse tracks, subtly reinforcing the concept of a free-form late-night radio show it's occasionally broken up by spoken-word meanderings by "host" Mack B. Dog. Though "Storm Warning" and "Divine Intervention" provide a one-two punch early on, the album really never lets up; midway, an irresistible groove number "People Like Me" by Joyo Velarde fades into a great Lyrics Born number "I Changed My Mind" that plays more like blues-rock than hip-hop. It's easily one of the most effective statements of purpose ever produced in hip-hop, much less the underground rap scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Quannum Projects
  • UPC: 681940001212
  • Catalog Number: 12

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Concentration - Quannum MCs (4:39)
  2. 2 One of a Kind - Blackalicious (2:57)
  3. 3 Storm Warning - Latyrx (5:45)
  4. 4 Divine Intervention (4:19)
  5. 5 Mic Break - Gift of Gab (1:06)
  6. 6 Golden Rule - Erin Anova (3:53)
  7. 7 People Like Me - Joyo Velarde (4:33)
  8. 8 I Changed My Mind (4:39)
  9. 9 The Extravaganza - Quannum MCs (6:16)
  10. 10 Hott People - Lyrics Born (4:27)
  11. 11 Looking over a City - El-P (4:58)
  12. 12 Jada's Vengeance - The Maroons (3:42)
  13. 13 Mic Break 2 - Chief Xcel (0:37)
  14. 14 Bombonyall (4:20)
  15. 15 Mic Break 3 (1:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quannum Primary Artist
Divine Styler Vocals
Souls of Mischief Track Performer
Poets of Rhythm Track Performer
DJ Shadow Track Performer
Blackalicious Track Performer
Latyrx Track Performer
Chief Xcel Vocals
Jurassic 5 Track Performer
Lyrics Born Vocals, Track Performer
El-P Track Performer
Joyo Velarde Vocals, Track Performer
Gift of Gab Vocals
Maroons Track Performer
Technical Credits
DJ Shadow Producer
Dan the Automator Producer
Chief Xcel Producer
Lyrics Born Producer, Executive Producer
El-P Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beyond the underground

    It would be a shame to buy this compilation based on a juvenile affection for the so-called "underground" scene of rap music. The term lost its potency long ago, still used as a crutch by those who condemn the mainstream while supporting an equally destructive mentality of "us vs. them". Nevertheless, if you are interested in listening to a group of artists with a varied range of talents and abilities, Quannum Spectrum is worth your time and money. Quannum has been one of the most consisent labels in hip-hop, and continues to evolve into a premier community for thought provoking artistry. Hopefully, the current state of music will eventually change, opening up radio for excellent songs like "Storm Warning" to expand the range of exposure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some Top-Notch Underground Shiznit

    This album has some of the best underground artists all on the same CD. Easily one of the best CDs i have and you owe it to yourself to get it too if you call yourself and Underground rap fan.

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